Golden barrel cacti mix with columnar cacti from South America at the Huntington Gardens.
Where can you find a five-story-tall saguaro, 500 varieties of cone-bearing trees, and the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian plants? In botanical gardens and parks throughout the West, where plant lovers have created sanctuaries to save beloved and endangered flora. Below are some of the VIA articles that celebrate plants and gardeners. Put on your walking shoes and let us lead you down the garden path.
Gardens of Delight 17 top botanical gardens let you escape civilization and return to paradise.
The West’s Best Cactus In spring, these stickery characters still stick but also delight with their other-worldly blossoms.
Filoli Gardens A historic Georgian mansion stands amid 16 acres of breathtaking formal gardens.
Silverton: Oregon’s Garden City Surprise! A Frank Lloyd Wright house set in an 80-acre arboretum.
Top Five California Gardens One of VIA’s editors weighed in with her five favorite gardens. It appears that she likes roses. A lot.
Bloomin' Great Gardens In springtime, 11 gardens and preserves get pretty and popular.
A Botanical Wonder in Las Vegas Three miles from the sinful Strip, Springs Preserve, a 180-acre Eden, has sprung out of the desert, complete with an amphitheater, interactive museums, and eight acres of gardens.
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