As winter nears its end across North America, we're happy to announce the winners of what turned out to be the second most popular contest category since the launch of 10Best Readers' Choice.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Portland Japanese Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Cheekwood Botanical Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden
Pine Mountain, Ga.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Kennett Square, Pa.
The winners in the 'Best Public Garden' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice are as follows:
- Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square, Pa.
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, Va.
- Butchart Gardens - Victoria, B.C.
- Callaway Gardens - Pine Mountain, Ga.
- Chicago Botanic Garden - Chicago
- Cheekwood Botanical Garden - Nashville
- Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Boothbay, Maine
- Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis
- Portland Japanese Garden - Portland, Ore.
- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Miami
Friends, fans and followers of these gardens were anxious to help their favorite green space land a winners spot, many of them voting repeatedly.
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We can't think of a better list of places to explore in spring than these lovely gardens. Congratulations to all the gardens which have bloomed into official winners of our prestigious contest.
LUCINDA A. BROCKWAY is the Program Director for Cultural Resources at The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s oldest land trust, and one of Massachusetts largest conservation organizations. A landscape designer for 25 years before joining The Trustees, Brockway graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Plant Science before training at Longwood Gardens and the Chicago Botanical Garden. An award-winning landscape designer and preservationist, Brockway served a national clientele and managed several projects for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her work has been featured in Old House Journal, Victoria Magazine, Colonial Homes, Nineteenth Century and Accent as well as numerous professional and trade publications. Her work has been recognized by the Garden Club of America, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Preservation League of New York State, the State of New Jersey, the Massachusetts Historic Commission and others. She is the author of two books, A Favorite Place of Resort for Strangers (Fort Ticonderoga 2001), and Gardens of the New Republic (May 2004). A popular lecturer, Brockway is also an instructor for the National Preservation Institute where she teaches short courses in landscape preservation. In her role at The Trustees, Brockway is responsible for eleven public gardens from Martha’s Vineyard to the Berkshire Hills, including Naumkeag in Stockbridge; Ashintully in Tyringham; Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich; Long Hill in Beverly; Stevens Coolidge Place in Andover; the Bradley Estate in Canton; and MyToi on Martha’s Vineyard.