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These are the 10 best botanical gardens in North America

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April showers might very well bring May flowers, but at the public and botanical gardens dotting North America, there's always something in bloom.

An expert panel nominated the very best arboretums and gardens, devoted to the promotion and conservation of the planet's plant diversity. 10Best readers then voted for their favorites. Here are the top 10 winners.

10. United States Botanic Garden

Photo courtesy of United States Botanic Garden

Established in 1820, this museum of living plants in D.C. includes a state-of-the-art Conservatory where visitors can explore flora from the tropics and deserts of the world.

9. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

The garden's 34 acres are packed with more than 13,000 varieties of plants from around the globe, making it one of the most diverse plant collections in the U.S.

8. Garden in the Woods

Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism / Lisa Mattei

At this 45-acre property, located just west of Boston, visitors can explore a variety of plant habitats, from brooks and wetlands to woodlands and coastal sand plains.

7. Bloedel Reserve

Photo courtesy of Bloedel Reserve

Just outside of Seattle, the reserve is 150 acres of natural woodlands, manicured gardens and the former Bloedel estate home. The Japanese maples truly steal the show each autumn.

6. Ganna Walska Lotusland

Photo courtesy of Bill Dewey, Courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara

This 37-acre property, the former Montecito estate of Polish opera singer and socialite Madame Ganna Walska, features an impressive collection of exotic plants.

5. Missouri Botanical Garden

Photo courtesy of Flannery Allison / Missouri Botanical Garden

The oldest continuously operated botanical garden in the nation also houses one of the largest collections of rare and endangered orchids on the planet.

4. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Photo courtesy of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

On these 270 acres of tidal shoreline in mid-coast Maine, visitors follow granite pathways snaking through rustic woodland and manicured gardens.

3. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Photo courtesy of Jason Boudreau-Landis, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photographers Society

Enjoy more than 1,200 acres of manicured gardens, woods and prairies, divided into 28 named gardens and 45 plant collections.

2. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Photo courtesy of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

The warm climate of Florida allows tropical plants to be grown outdoors year-round. Visitors can see 450 species of rare and endangered plants from around the globe.

1. Mt. Cuba Center

This Delaware garden maintains a living collection of native and historic plants from the Eastern temperate forests of the U.S., with a particular focus on the Appalachian Piedmont.

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