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Beauty in North America: Gardens Well Worth the Trip



It’s a known and established fact that vacations are what you make of them. Whether it’s a spa retreat, a golf getaway, or a foodie rendezvous, the main thing is that you enjoy every moment of your vacation. One opportunity that shouldn’t be overlooked is the beautiful and expansive gardens that are found throughout numerous destinations in North America. Each is unique and abounds with lush flora and fauna. Here are a few gardens for you to consider for your next vacation.



Butchart Gardens is one of the most visited gardens in North America.

Butchart Gardens: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

For nearly 120 years, Butchart Gardens continues to be one of the most visited botanic gardens in North America. Boasting over one million visitors annually, this 55-acre garden wows its guests with an expansive variety of plants, flowers and trees which can be viewed year-round. In fact, every Winter, Butchart Gardens transforms into a visually stunning wonderland which highlights the beauty of some of its year-round plant life, while also celebrating their resistance to Canada’s cold winter climate. Designated as a Canadian National Historic Site in 2004, Buchart Garden’s Sunken Garden stands frozen in time as it hearkens to the Canadian gardening trend of the early 20th-century.

    The Chinese Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is more than 15 acres of beauty.

    The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens: San Marino, California

    In August 1919, Henry and Arabella Huntington designated their 200+ acre private estate near Los Angeles - Opens a dialog to become an institution in which the public could view their collections. Since 1928, its Botanical Gardens has inspired millions of visitors and it has appeared in over 30 movies and television series combined. Roughly 130 acres of its 207-acre grounds are utilized exclusively for its Botanical Gardens which are home to more than a dozen themed gardens. In fact, its Chinese Garden is the largest Chinese Garden outside of China: 15+ acres filled with ersatz lakes, waterfalls, bridges, and an abundance of trees, plants, and flowers.

      The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens: San Marino, California

      In August 1919, Henry and Arabella Huntington designated their 200+ acre private estate near Los Angeles - Opens a dialog to become an institution in which the public could view their collections. Since 1928, its Botanical Gardens has inspired millions of visitors and it has appeared in over 30 movies and television series combined. Roughly 130 acres of its 207-acre grounds are utilized exclusively for its Botanical Gardens which are home to more than a dozen themed gardens. In fact, its Chinese Garden is the largest Chinese Garden outside of China: 15+ acres filled with ersatz lakes, waterfalls, bridges, and an abundance of trees, plants, and flowers.

        The Chinese Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is more than 15 acres of beauty.

        English-style garden featuring exotic varietals found in no other garden in Canada.

        Reford Gardens: Québec, Canada

        Located in Québec’s Gaspésie region, the 20-acre Reford Gardens owes its lush surroundings, in part, to its microclimate and proximity to the St. Lawrence River, but also to the perseverance of its creator, Elsie Reford. In 1926, at 54 years old, Elsie conceptualized her English-styled gardens and was very involved throughout the lengthy multi-year construction process. Today, Reford Gardens and its 3,000 native and exotic varietals (some of which are found in no other garden in Canada) stand as a testament to the determination and perfectionism of Ms. Reford. Reford Gardens received its National Historic Site of Canada designation in 1995 and it remains a popular destination for travelers visiting Eastern Canada.

          The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens features 19 named gardens and more.

          Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

          Dallas - Opens a dialog is known for many things: Football, great food, and doing things big. Through all the grandness of Texas’s largest city, a visit to the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Located on 66 acres of meticulously manicured grounds, the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has 19 named gardens, each with unique themes and a focus on the Dallas region. What’s more, during the Winter holidays, you will be amazed by its mastery of decorations and festive atmosphere which is displayed throughout the Gardens during this time of year!

            Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

            Dallas - Opens a dialog is known for many things: Football, great food, and doing things big. Through all the grandness of Texas’s largest city, a visit to the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Located on 66 acres of meticulously manicured grounds, the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has 19 named gardens, each with unique themes and a focus on the Dallas region. What’s more, during the Winter holidays, you will be amazed by its mastery of decorations and festive atmosphere which is displayed throughout the Gardens during this time of year!

              The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens features 19 named gardens and more.

              Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden creates an experience to honor and preserve the Onomea Valley.

              Hawaii Island: Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

              Hawaii Island - Opens a dialog is famous for active volcanoes, lava flows, black sand beaches, and snow skiing (from the top of Mauna Kea). While the Garden Island of Kauai retains its crown as the center of horticulture for the Hawaiian Islands, the town of Papaikou (located in the Onomea Valley of the Big Island) is home to a garden that was developed with passion and great care. Prior to its opening in 1984, Dan Lutkenhouse, Sr. purchased the land that is now known as the Hawai'i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden (in 1977) to create a garden experience that would honor and preserve the Onomea Valley, while not disturbing its existing natural surroundings. When visiting this garden, you will be amazed at its sheer beauty and a vast variety of flowers and plants, some of which originated from other parts of the world. You’ll also stand in awe of its natural 3-tiered waterfall which was appropriately named Onomea Falls.

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                    Butchart Gardens is one of the most visited gardens in North America.

                    Butchart Gardens: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

                    For nearly 120 years, Butchart Gardens continues to be one of the most visited botanic gardens in North America. Boasting over one million visitors annually, this 55-acre garden wows its guests with an expansive variety of plants, flowers and trees which can be viewed year-round. In fact, every Winter, Butchart Gardens transforms into a visually stunning wonderland which highlights the beauty of some of its year-round plant life, while also celebrating their resistance to Canada’s cold winter climate. Designated as a Canadian National Historic Site in 2004, Buchart Garden’s Sunken Garden stands frozen in time as it hearkens to the Canadian gardening trend of the early 20th-century.

                      The Chinese Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is more than 15 acres of beauty.

                      The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens: San Marino, California

                      In August 1919, Henry and Arabella Huntington designated their 200+ acre private estate near Los Angeles - Opens a dialog to become an institution in which the public could view their collections. Since 1928, its Botanical Gardens has inspired millions of visitors and it has appeared in over 30 movies and television series combined. Roughly 130 acres of its 207-acre grounds are utilized exclusively for its Botanical Gardens which are home to more than a dozen themed gardens. In fact, its Chinese Garden is the largest Chinese Garden outside of China: 15+ acres filled with ersatz lakes, waterfalls, bridges, and an abundance of trees, plants, and flowers.

                        The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens: San Marino, California

                        In August 1919, Henry and Arabella Huntington designated their 200+ acre private estate near Los Angeles - Opens a dialog to become an institution in which the public could view their collections. Since 1928, its Botanical Gardens has inspired millions of visitors and it has appeared in over 30 movies and television series combined. Roughly 130 acres of its 207-acre grounds are utilized exclusively for its Botanical Gardens which are home to more than a dozen themed gardens. In fact, its Chinese Garden is the largest Chinese Garden outside of China: 15+ acres filled with ersatz lakes, waterfalls, bridges, and an abundance of trees, plants, and flowers.

                          The Chinese Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is more than 15 acres of beauty.

                          English-style garden featuring exotic varietals found in no other garden in Canada.

                          Reford Gardens: Québec, Canada

                          Located in Québec’s Gaspésie region, the 20-acre Reford Gardens owes its lush surroundings, in part, to its microclimate and proximity to the St. Lawrence River, but also to the perseverance of its creator, Elsie Reford. In 1926, at 54 years old, Elsie conceptualized her English-styled gardens and was very involved throughout the lengthy multi-year construction process. Today, Reford Gardens and its 3,000 native and exotic varietals (some of which are found in no other garden in Canada) stand as a testament to the determination and perfectionism of Ms. Reford. Reford Gardens received its National Historic Site of Canada designation in 1995 and it remains a popular destination for travelers visiting Eastern Canada.

                            The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens features 19 named gardens and more.

                            Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

                            Dallas - Opens a dialog is known for many things: Football, great food, and doing things big. Through all the grandness of Texas’s largest city, a visit to the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Located on 66 acres of meticulously manicured grounds, the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has 19 named gardens, each with unique themes and a focus on the Dallas region. What’s more, during the Winter holidays, you will be amazed by its mastery of decorations and festive atmosphere which is displayed throughout the Gardens during this time of year!

                              Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

                              Dallas - Opens a dialog is known for many things: Football, great food, and doing things big. Through all the grandness of Texas’s largest city, a visit to the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Located on 66 acres of meticulously manicured grounds, the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has 19 named gardens, each with unique themes and a focus on the Dallas region. What’s more, during the Winter holidays, you will be amazed by its mastery of decorations and festive atmosphere which is displayed throughout the Gardens during this time of year!

                                The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens features 19 named gardens and more.

                                Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden creates an experience to honor and preserve the Onomea Valley.

                                Hawaii Island: Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

                                Hawaii Island - Opens a dialog is famous for active volcanoes, lava flows, black sand beaches, and snow skiing (from the top of Mauna Kea). While the Garden Island of Kauai retains its crown as the center of horticulture for the Hawaiian Islands, the town of Papaikou (located in the Onomea Valley of the Big Island) is home to a garden that was developed with passion and great care. Prior to its opening in 1984, Dan Lutkenhouse, Sr. purchased the land that is now known as the Hawai'i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden (in 1977) to create a garden experience that would honor and preserve the Onomea Valley, while not disturbing its existing natural surroundings. When visiting this garden, you will be amazed at its sheer beauty and a vast variety of flowers and plants, some of which originated from other parts of the world. You’ll also stand in awe of its natural 3-tiered waterfall which was appropriately named Onomea Falls.

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                                    We invite you to take some time to browse around and dream of your next vacation, rental car or cruise, whether you’re booking for next month or toward the end of next year.


                                      Travel blogger Jason Gordon

                                      About the Author: The above piece was written by Jason Gordon, a guest travel blogger, and Costco enthusiast. Jason Gordon is compensated by Costco Travel to share his travel experiences.


                                       
                                       
                                       
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