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14 Gorgeous Gardens in the West

Posted by Lauren Parvizi on April 03, 2018
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The garden never disappoints at Filoli in Woodside, California, but spring offers special treats.

Daffodils in pots and acres of tulips. Bright purple pansies and sweet-scented lilacs. Cherry tree blossoms that flutter like wings. These are a few of our favorite spring things! Find them blooming at a gorgeous garden near you.

Filoli, Woodside, California

Once an ornate summer home for a wealthy Gold Country family, Filoli is a scenic respite from the hustle of Silicon Valley. Wander the manicured grounds in April to see spring bulbs in bloom alongside fragrant lilacs, wisteria, and azaleas. In May, find lavender and towering larkspur and delphinium.

Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise, Idaho

These 15 acres include a dozen specialized gardens for exploration. Pause for quiet contemplation in the Meditation Garden, or partake in a history lesson in the Lewis & Clark Native Plant Garden, featuring more than a hundred plant species collected during the monumental expedition.

Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon

Trees, shrubs, and perennials native to China, including fragrant bursts of gardenias and a collection of delicate orchids, wow visitors to Lan Su. The elegant teahouse offers a unique way to enjoy the garden’s splendors.

Oregon Garden, Silverton, Oregon

Spring season officially opened at this verdant, 80-acre collection of unique gardens on March 1 and runs through May 31. Kids will delight in the Children’s Garden with its fantastical Hobbit House, while adults might discover their own magic at the Amazing Water Garden.

Heritage Rose Garden, San Jose, California

Discover 2,600 rose varieties, including an extensive collection of antique roses, at the Heritage Rose Garden in San Jose. Download a detailed tour guide to navigate the garden and learn more about specific varieties. And don’t forget to stop for a sniff now and then!

Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Red Butte Garden offers more than a few classes, lectures, and events for flora lovers of all ages. But you don’t need a lesson to appreciate the springtime Bulbs & Blooms event (through early May), when nearly a half million bulbs, including daffodils and reticulated iris, burst forth into vibrant blooms.

Rogerson Clematis Garden, West Linn, Oregon

Surrounding a historic farmhouse, two acres of displays showcase nearly 1000 species or cultivated varieties of clematis at the Rogerson Clematis Garden, a 30-minute drive from Portland.

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Visit Nevada City's Crystal Hermitage Gardens in April to experience Springtime at Ananda.

Crystal Hermitage Gardens, Nevada City, California

Bask in the transient glory of multi-hued tulips—90 different Dutch varieties—at Crystal Hermitage Gardens’ Springtime at Ananda in Nevada City. The celebration lasts all April, but visitors during summer months won't be disappointed. In July and August, see begonias, impatiens, and geraniums while wandering the grounds, which overlook Tahoe National Forest.

Russian River Rose Company, Healdsburg, California

Discover more than 650 different varieties of roses at the Russian River Rose Company in Healdsburg, California. The idyllic setting includes an adjoining nursery, so green thumbs can experience the splendor—and the romantic fragrance—in their own yard.

Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, Nevada

Native and adapted desert plants get their due in the botanical garden at Springs Preserve. Eight acres showcase more than 1,200 species, including a collection of Mojave Desert cacti and succulents. The natural garden offers nearly four miles of hiking trails among 110 acres of native habitat.

Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Reno, Nevada

Located in Washoe County, Nevada, between the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin Desert, this garden highlights the impressive adaptability of plants native to the high desert.

San Francisco Botanical Gardens, San Francisco, California

The San Francisco Botanical Garden may not have the same buzz as the nearby de Young Museum or California Academy of Sciences, but the grounds in Golden Gate Park are no doubt a destination-worthy sight. Escape the city while you learn about plants from the tropical forests of Central and South America and Southeast Asia.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg, California

Since opening in the mid-1960s, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has showcased the popular, but not so easy to grow, rhododendron. The gardens’ outpost along the foggy Northern California coastline and its acidic soil courtesy of the resident redwoods, allow the flower to thrive. Visit by April to witness rhododendrons in full bloom. In summer months, see colorful dahlias and sweeping swaths of heaths and heathers. 

Adelman Peony Garden, between Salem and Portland, Oregon

Picnic among the peonies at one of the flower’s lead producers. Luscious multi-color blooms beckon from both the production fields and the two-acre display garden when you visit in May or June.