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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum named Best Botanical Garden

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This is the second win for Minnesota garden

April showers might very well bring May flowers, but at the public and botanical gardens dotting North America, there's always something in bloom. The best gardens and arboretums on the continent, like these 10 voted the best by 10Best readers, help to promote and conserve the plant diversity of our planet, all while showcasing their vast collections in stunning, visitor friendly ways. 

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
    Chaska, Minn.

    Visitors to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum enjoy more than 1,200 acres of manicured gardens, woods and prairies, accessible via 12.5 miles of walkable trails and garden paths. The vast space, divided into 28 named gardens and 45 plant collections, showcases more than 5,000 plant species and varieties. Highlights include a Japanese Garden, Daylily and Chrysanthemum Walk, Kitchen Herb Garden, Maze Garden and Peony Walk.
    Photo courtesy of Jason Boudreau-Landis, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photographers Society

  • Missouri Botanical Garden
    St. Louis

    The Missouri Botanical Garden, the oldest continuously operated botanical garden in the nation, was founded in 1859 as a center for conservation and education. Today, the 79-acre garden includes Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden and one of the largest collections of rare and endangered orchids on the planet.
    Photo courtesy of Flannery Allison / Missouri Botanical Garden

  • Bok Tower Gardens
    Lake Wales, Fla.

    The Singing Tower rises from the center of this garden, where visitors enjoy azaleas, camellias, magnolias, ferns, palms, oaks and pines, providing a habitat for 126 species of birds (it’s part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Themed gardens include the Outdoor Kitchen Garden, Endangered Plant Garden, Pollinator Garden and Wetland Boardwalk.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Sean Pavone

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Richmond, Va.

    More than a dozen themed gardens on 50 acres provide year-round beauty at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond. Outstanding features include a classic domed Conservatory with ever-changing colorful orchids and tropical plants and a Children’s Garden with wheelchair accessible Tree House.
    Photo courtesy of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Vallarta Botanical Gardens
    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    This south-of-the-border garden in Puerto Vallarta comprises 20 acres showcasing 3,000 species of plants. Visitors can stroll through palm and rose gardens, a fern tree grotto, an orchid house and an excellent collection of native Mexican wildflowers and carnivorous plants. A river winding through the tropical dry forest serves as a popular swimming spot.
    Photo courtesy of Vallarta Botanical Gardens

  • Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
    Nashville

    The Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville features 55 acres of public garden space divided into a dozen themed areas. A recent near-million-dollar renovation revitalized the centerpiece of the estate, the Howe Garden, to include a state-of-the-art rain garden and added a completely new Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden with an amphitheater to host poetry and book readings.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / nashvilledino2

  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
    Atlanta

    The Atlanta Botanical Garden comprises 30 acres of outdoor garden space, including a Children's Garden and Edible Garden. The Fuqua Orchid Center located within the Atlanta garden's Fuqua Conservatory houses one of the most important orchid collections in the United States. The Skyline Garden, a new addition in Spring 2018, features stunning views of the Atlanta skyline.
    Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
    Chicago

    The award-winning Chicago Botanic Garden encompasses some 385 acres divided between 26 gardens and four natural areas, all situated on nine islands with six miles of shoreline. Visitors can take a tram or walk between the various displays, including a Japanese Garden with nearly 200 bonsai trees, colorful bulb garden, English walled garden and a kid-favorite model railroad garden.
    Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden

  • San Diego Botanic Garden
    Encinitas, Calif.

    The San Diego Botanic Garden, a 37-acre retreat in Encinitas, features 29 themed gardens, including a tropical rainforest, bamboo garden two children’s gardens, a regional desert and a conservatory. Four miles of trails wind through the property, where a mild climate means there’s almost always something in bloom.
    Photo courtesy of Rachel Cobb / San Diego Botanic Garden

  • Montreal Botanical Garden
    Montreal

    Montreal’s Jardin Botanique ranks as the third-largest botanical garden on the planet (the largest in North America) with tens of thousands of plant species showcased across 20 themed gardens. Highlights include a climate-controlled orchid house with some 1,500 species, the First Nations Garden and the 100-acre Frederick Back Tree Pavilion.
    Photo courtesy of Tourisme Montreal / Marie Deschene

The top 10 winners in the category Best Botanical Garden are as follows:

  1. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - Chaska, Minn.
  2. Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis
  3. Bok Tower Gardens - Lake Wales, Fla.
  4. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, Va.
  5. Vallarta Botanical Gardens - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  6. Cheekwood Estate & Gardens - Nashville
  7. Atlanta Botanical Garden - Atlanta
  8. Chicago Botanic Garden - Chicago
  9. San Diego Botanic Garden - Encinitas, Calif.
  10. Montreal Botanical Garden - Montreal

A panel of experts (listed below) partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning gardens!

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