One of the best parts of spring is the blooming of spring flowers. Every year gardens come to life with bright colors and sweet smells for everyone to enjoy. Here are our four favorite gardens to visit in the spring.
1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located in the historic city of Richmond, Virginia and they offer 50 acres of gardens, dining, and shopping. Through the pathways you will find more than a dozen themed gardens including a Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Asian Valley and Cherry Tree Walk. And you can’t miss their conservatory. The conservatory is an 11,000 square foot domed complex which houses exotic and unusual plants from around the world.
2. Airlie Gardens
Airlie Gardens is located in the beautiful waterfront city of Wilmington, North Carolina. If you watch television or films, more than likely, you have already seen them. The gardens have been featured in shows such as One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Black Knight, and movies such as 28 Days and A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song just to name a few. Airlie Gardens features 67 acres of walking paths, a freshwater lake, and formal gardens that showcase seasonal blooms, mighty live oaks, historic structures, and contemporary sculpture. You can even find a butterfly house on the property.
3. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
You can find the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in the Queen City, Charlotte, North Carolina. Covering 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, the garden features not only beautiful gardens, but also sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids -which happens to be the only glass house in the Carolinas, a visitor pavilion, a garden store, and nature trails.
4. The Gardens at Middleton Place
Middleton Place, located in Charleston, SC is an old plantation that is home to America’s oldest landscaped garden. Located on 65 acres, the gardens were planted so that there is something blooming year round. While 65 acres might seem small for a garden like that, that’s ok because Middleton Place is more than just gardens. When you visit, you can tour the grounds as well as the main house, and if you want to make it a weekend getaway, they even have a first class inn on the property.