Today’s Solutions: October 24, 2021

Last year’s spring was largely eclipsed by the pandemic, robbing us of the simple pleasure of strolling amongst nature’s new blooms as many public gardens closed their doors just as spring had sprung. This year, shake off the quarantine blues by visiting these gorgeous gardens. Just remember to check the garden for updates on new protocols such as schedules, open areas, mask requirements, and reservations.
New York Botanical Garden: Check out this garden now for an impressive display of snowdrops, early bloomers that appear alongside violet-colored spring crocus, Cornelian cherry dogwood, and hellebore. In April, there will be thousands of yellow and white daffodils while cherry and crab apple trees bloom in clouds of pink and white.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: If you are in the Miami area, this garden is fantastic for appreciating orchids from around the world all year round. Especially interesting is the outdoor Richard H. Simons Rainforest, where orchids grow as they would in their natural habitats. This garden also boasts other tropical plants, waterfalls, and butterflies.
Longwood Gardens: Located in Philadelphia, fondly called America’s garden capital, Longwood Gardens has 400 acres of gardens, meadows, and woodlands that are accessible to the public. Stroll through the iconic 600-foot-long Flower Garden Walk, which is the first garden laid out by founder Pierre S. du Pont in 1907. This garden focuses on colorful displays and aesthetically pleasing plant combinations to inspire creativity.
Desert Botanical Garden: This Arizona garden was founded in 1939 to study and conserve desert plants. March and April are the best months to walk through the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail, which features penstemons, poppies, and sunshine-hued desert marigolds. May, however, is when you can catch the night-blooming saguaro cactus, which Ken Schutz, the garden’s executive director, claims is one of the garden’s “charismatic mega flora”.
Chicago Botanic Garden: Conveniently located around 20 miles north of the big city, the Chicago Botanic Garden has 385 acres and 27 display gardens to explore. This garden is one to visit week after week to see spring flowers bloom in succession. From snowdrops to crab apple trees, this garden is a must-see spring experience.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: The beautiful tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths that line this garden’s thoroughfare will make it difficult to believe that just this past February, Texas experienced a shocking temperature drop and heavy snow. Winter will feel far away while gazing upon the 500,000 colorful tulips on display for the Dallas Blooms festival, which runs until April 11th this year.
Missouri Botanical Garden: The Missouri Botanical garden offers an interactive “What’s in Bloom” map on its website so that visitors can plan their excursions to coincide with their favorite blooms. Next month, you can look forward to enjoying the Japanese Garden and its multitude of cherry blossoms.
Bloedel Reserve: Just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, this destination features forest reserves and 23 different plant areas. It has a one-way, two-mile loop trail that you can walk while enjoying the early spring blooms of witch hazel, gooseberry, and western trillium. If you have an acute appreciation of the scent of fresh blooms, be sure to check out the “scent tour” instructions on the website which will guide visitors who are interested in a fragrance-focused walk.

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