Discover Your Own Secret Garden This Summer


Visiting botanical gardens might sound like an activity that belongs in the Victorian Era and not something most people schedule into their vacation plans. That’s a shame, because if you haven’t visited one of these scenic places you are missing out on all the beauty they offer. It truly is a restful experience to walk among the different plants, and have the opportunity to be in a quiet place full of color. Gardens provide a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and will inspire you to stop and smell the roses!

San Antonio Botanical Garden

In 1877 it was a limestone quarry, but by 1980 times had changed and the San Antonio Botanical Garden was born. Since then locals and visitors alike have flocked here to see one of the most beautiful gardens in America. Their mission is “to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives.” The San Antonio Botanical Garden is known for its native Texan plant trails and for the many birds that can be seen inside. Here you can get a closer look at what makes Texas unique to other areas, and why it should be protected. Their walks will take you through over 250 plant species that represent three distinct ecosystems.

Stay at the Hotel Contessa, and you will be centrally located on San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk. You will be located near the gardens, Alamo, and of course, the exquisite dining options the city is known for.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Located just five minutes outside of downtown Knoxville, this privately owned garden covers 47 acres. There are many display gardens, and plenty of places to discover new flowers or native trees. One big draw is the many stone buildings and walkways that will give you the feeling that you have traveled back in time. If stonework isn’t your thing, you can check out the Butterfly Garden that lives up to its name. Unbelievably this garden due in part to donations, and its members, offer admission to the garden for free!

Stay downtown and close to all of Knoxville’s action at  The TENNESSEAN Hotel. There you can hop over to enjoy the gardens, but still enjoy all the modern comforts that make a vacation truly pleasurable.

Rutgers Gardens

A collection of gardens, the oldest of which dates back to 1927, is a lesser known destination in the New Brunswick area. It is free to visit, and a great way to take in the beauty of the area. Come here and visit a bamboo forest that was initially supposed to serve as a winter shelter for honeybees in the 1940s. Or, stay out of the sun and relax in the shade of their shade tree garden. There are gardens that are aimed to teach children more about plants, and even a garden dedicated to shrubbery. Whatever you choose, you are likely to find a hidden nook and enjoy the serenity a garden visit can provide.

The Heldrich Hotel is the place to stay when you want to take in the gardens and all the rest of the fun activities this destination has to offer! You can hit the town, visit the spa, and still be close to the gardens. Talk about easy!

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