Favorite Public Gardens

In public gardens we can experience gardening concepts realized. These are some garden places where I’ve discovered some of the breadth of possibilities that plants hold.

North Carolina Botanical Garden
A conservation garden and part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
A treasure featuring the Orchid Conservatory, an 8,000 square foot glasshouse, filled with orchids and tropical plants.

The North Carolina Arboretum
Nestled within the Pisgah National Forest of the Southern Appalachians, a garden highlighting plants of the region.

Ladew Topiary Gardens
Topiary and exquisite garden rooms in Monkton, Maryland.


Sarah P. Duke Gardens
A 55-acre landscape design gem on Duke University’s campus.

Colonial Williamsburg Gardens
Multiple interesting gardens with a historical perspective and judicious use of native plants, in Virginia.


Winterthur Gardens
Aesthetic legacy of Henry Francis du Pont, a naturalistic garden at his home in Delaware.


Longwood Gardens
Pierre S. du Pont’s horticultural laboratory and artistic landscape in Pennsylvania.

Biltmore Gardens
In Asheville, North Carolina, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

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