Must-See Gardens

We all have a wish list of gardens to visit, right? Mine is getting longer every day! I try to make time for a garden visit whenever I travel, and at least once a year I travel expressly to visit gardens. I regularly share my garden tours—private and public—here at Digging. To find them simply go to Categories in my sidebar and select Garden Tours for any particular year.

Below is a list of public gardens or private gardens frequently open to the public that I have toured. Click the links for your armchair traveling pleasure, or use these posts to help make your own must-see list.

TEXAS
Bayou Bend, Houston
Old South at Bayou Bend, November 2006
Dallas Arboretum
Cherry blossom bonanza at Dallas Blooms, February 2014
Gorgeous plant combos, May 2012
Chihuly glass exhibit, May 2012
Sculpture, crepe myrtle allee, & Fireworks, November 2011
Fairy tale Halloween at the pumpkin patch, October 2011
February 2008, Part 1 and Part 2
Japanese Tea Garden, San Antonio
March 2013
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin
Coneflower and tower power at the Wildflower Center, June 2014
Nature Nights introduces kids to the Wildflower Center’s new Family Garden, June 2014
Wildflowers and more in bloom at the Wildflower Center, April 2014
Great horned owls on the nest at the Wildflower Center, April 2014
Interview with Luci Baines Johnson about Wildflower Center’s new Family Garden, March 2014
Winter berries, ghostly agaves, and early spring flowers at the Wildflower Center, March 2014
Blazing Indian blanket and more at the Wildflower Center, Part 3, April 2013
Bonny bluebonnets and more at the Wildflower Center, Part 2, April 2013
Blossoming spring morning at the Wildflower Center, Part 1, April 2013
Redbuds in bloom and Lawn Gone! at the Wildflower Center, March 2013
Winter into spring at the Wildflower Center, February 2013
Thankful for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center & Native Plants, November 2011
Rockin’ Demonstration Gardens at the Wildflower Center, November 2011
Children’s Garden & Edible Garden at Wildflower Center, November 2011
Great horned owl chicks growing up fast, May 2011
Great Horned Owlets Nesting at Wildflower Center, April 2011
Going to Extremes at the Wildflower Center, April 2011
Camera Practice at the Wildflower Center, September 2010
This Place I Love So Much, May 2010
Fascinating Faces at the Wildflower Center, May 2010
Stock Tank Planters Gone Wild!, May 2010
Sculpture Show Enlivens Wildflower Center in Winter, February 2010
Winter Trees at the Wildflower Center, February 2010
Garden Structure at the Wildflower Center, February 2010
Agave Love at Austin’s Wildflower Center, February 2010
Wildflower Center Blooming After the Rain, September 2009
Wildflower Center & Jill Nokes book-signing, December 2007
Winter Wonderland at the Wildflower Center, December 2006
Goblins in the Garden at the Wildflower Center, October 2006
Peckerwood Garden, Hempstead
November 2008
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Spring color and edibles at San Antonio Botanical Garden, March 2013
Blogger Field Trip, November 2009
Visit to SABG, September 2007
Watersaver Lane, September 2007
Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin
Hartman Prehistoric Garden, March 2011 and October 2007
Taniguchi Japanese Garden, April 2011 and November 2007
Zilker Garden, October 2007 and April 2011

ARIZONA
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Visit to Desert Botanical Garden and Chihuly Exhibit: Entry Garden and Desert Wildflower Loop, April 2014
Cactus and Succulent Galleries, April 2014
Archer House garden and Desert Living Trail, April 2014
Edible Garden, palo verde splendor, and Chihuly balloons, April 2014
Desert twilight and Chihuly after dark, April 2014
Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park, Scottsdale
Xeriscape is not a zeroscape: Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden demonstrates the beauty of saving water, April 2014
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Part 1, October 2012
Part 2, October 2012

CALIFORNIA
Filoli, San Francisco area
Old World beauty at Filoli: San Francisco Garden Bloggers Fling, July 2013
Lotusland, Santa Barbara
Visit to Lotusland, part 1: Theatre Garden, lotus pond, & Japanese Garden, June 2013
Visit to Lotusland, part 2: House Garden with cactus and euphorbia, June 2013
Visit to Lotusland, part 3: Aloe pool, Blue Garden & Bromeliad Garden, June 2013
Visit to Lotusland, part 4: Rear terrace, parterre & lemon arbor, June 2013
Visit to Lotusland, part 5: Cactus Garden, June 2013
The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek (near San Francisco)
Sculptural dry gardens at the Ruth Bancroft Garden: San Francisco Garden Bloggers Fling, July 2013
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Native California plants shine at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, June 2013

COLORADO
Denver Botanic Gardens
Sun-Drenched Perennial Borders, July 2012
Grasses & Cholla, July 2012
Romantic Garden & More, July 2012
Plains Garden, Rock Alpine Garden & Dryland Mesa, July 2010
Water-Smart Garden, Wildflower Treasures & More, July 2010

FLORIDA
Naples Botanical Garden
Gardens with Latitude, March 2010

ILLINOIS
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden Wows Spring Flingers, May 2009
English Walled Garden, October 2007
Japanese Garden & Bonsai Collection, October 2007
Circle Garden, October 2007
Evening Island, October 2007
Lurie Garden, Chicago
On Cloud Nine in Lurie Garden, May 2009
Big Town on the Prairie, October 2007

PENNSYLVANIA
Chanticleer Garden, Wayne
Teacup & Tennis Court Gardens, July 2008
Hydrangeas & House Garden, July 2008
Asian Woods & Stream Garden, July 2008
Pond Garden, July 2008
Ruin & Gravel Garden, July 2008
Cut Flower & Vegetable Garden, July 2008

WASHINGTON
Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island
July 2011
Seattle Japanese Garden
July 2011

WISCONSIN
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison
Monday Morning Butterflies, September 2010
Curly Willow Hideaway, September 2010
Favorite Scenes, September 2010
Fall Grasses, September 2010
Tropicals & More, September 2010
Thai Sala, September 2010
Intimate Views, September 2010