April showers might very well bring May flowers (at least north of Mexico), but at the public and botanical gardens dotting North America, there’s always something in bloom. The best gardens and arboretums on the continent, like these 10 voted the best by 10Best readers of USAToday, help to promote and conserve the plant diversity of our planet, all while showcasing their vast collections in stunning, visitor friendly ways.
Our very own Vallarta Botanical Gardens placed 5th as determined by popular vote. This south-of-the-border garden in Puerto Vallarta comprises 20 acres showcasing 3,000 species of plants. Visitors can stroll through palm and rose gardens, a fern tree grotto, an orchid house and an excellent collection of native Mexican wildflowers and carnivorous plants. A river winding through the tropical dry forest serves as a popular swimming spot.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Botanical Garden are as follows:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Chaska, Minn.
Missouri Botanical Garden – St. Louis
Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales, Fla.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Richmond, Va.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens – Nashville
Atlanta Botanical Garden – Atlanta
Chicago Botanic Garden – Chicago
San Diego Botanic Garden – Encinitas, Calif.
Montreal Botanical Garden – Montreal
A panel of experts (listed below) partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.