A heads up to all of you out there; this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. I can hear you all saying, “Who doesn’t know that?” But, I want to make sure that you not only know it; but that you process it. If you are like me, you know it on a conscious level. However, when Sunday arrives and I have not planned anything, I have forgotten a card and I am running around trying to figure out how I could have possibly not processed it. It isn’t that I didn’t know it was Mother’s Day; it’s just that I placed it on the “back-burner” to get to it. But then, suddenly it was here and I was unprepared.
So, not only am I going to make sure that you do not forget, I am going to give you excellent ideas for what to do with Mom. Sometimes we think so traditionally when it comes to holidays, that it limits our creativity. Don’t let a commercial decide what you are going to give mom – you decide. This year, instead of sending flowers to mom, take her to the flowers. I have chosen a few gardens that I think would make wonderful Mother’s Day outings. But the very best part of this idea is that you get to spend the day with mom. As someone’s mom, I can assure you that is the best gift of all.
So this week, you can grab Old Uncle Bert, the kids, the grand kids and anyone else but make sure to get mom. After all it’s her day. Spend the day doing things with her that you think she would like to do. Even if it’s not visiting a garden, there are still plenty of other things to see and do. Just use the search box above and plan something. After all if you plan it now and let mom know, there is no way you will forget. How do I know? Well I am sure she will remind you. I know I would! Happy Mother’s Day!
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Virginia Hand Callaway was a native of Pelham, Ga., where she loved to spend time in the outdoors. She became so acquainted with native plants that she was often called a “self-taught botanist.” Callaway was later able to apply this knowledge as she and her husband Cason worked to restore the depleted cotton fields, today known as Callaway Gardens, with plants indigenous to west-central Georgia. Callaway Gardens includes the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, Overlook Garden, Discovery Bicycle Trail, Pioneer Log Cabin, Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, fishing, World renowned Golf Course, beach, shopping, nature trails and daily programs.
Glencoe, IL 60022
Gardens and museum, rides, tram car, carillon bell tower. The Chicago Botanic Garden has a major collection of more than 2,300,000 plants consisting of 8,979 different kinds of plants (taxa). Plants are displayed in a landscaped manner, showing ways in which these plants may be incorporated into the public’s own gardens, whether large public projects or smaller residential landscapes. New plants are acquired through commercial nurseries, public gardens, plant breeding programs, and plant-collecting expeditions. In addition to horticultural displays, the Garden presents a wide variety of exhibitions, including fine photography and an array of artwork.
Birmingham, AL 35223
Many different plant types on over 67 acres, plus many different themed gardens including Wldflowers, Japanese, Fern Glade, one of the largest and most comprehensive horticultural lending libraries in the U.S.
Whippany, NJ 07962
The beautiful 127-acre Frelinghuysen Arboretum more than satisfies that definition, offering visitors a serene place to relax as well as to learn more about plants well-suited to the soils and climate of Morris County. Surrounding a magnificent Colonial Revival mansion, the woodlands, meadows, beautiful gardens and distinctive collections of trees and shrubs of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum make the ideal setting for leisurely strolls. Self- guiding trail booklets are available at the reception desk to enrich one’s visit to this singular property.
Asheville, NC 28801
George Vanderbilt’s 100 year old vision lives on today in this estate which is America’s largest home. It contains a winery, forests and parklands, is self-sustaining and benefits the community. It is truely a must see.
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Longwood Gardens was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (and is sometimes referred to as the DuPont Gardens) and offers 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants and spectacular fountains.
Bristol, RI 02809
Blithewold is a beautifully landscaped historic public garden situated on Bristol Harbor with sweeping views overlooking Narragansett Bay. A forty-five room mansion, trees, lawns, flowers, gardens, and the sea combine to produce an aesthetic experience that is exciting and refreshing.
Miami, FL 33156
Fairchild is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. We are one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. As we work around the world, Fairchild’s level of dedication to native plant conservation in South Florida remains unparalleled. We also have one of the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads. This year we will reach over 100,000 students with our Fairchild Challenge, Explorer and Discovery programs and more than 3,000 adults will participate in our Life Long Learning education courses. With 45,000 members and over 1,200 volunteers, Fairchild plays many roles, including museum, laboratory, learning center and conservation research facility, but its greatest role is preserving biodiversity, which the garden’s scientists, staff and volunteers all contribute to on a daily basis. In 2012, Fairchild also became the home of the American Orchid Society.
Saint Louis, MO 63110
The garden is a haven of serenity and beauty for all to enjoy. Among the featured attractions at the Botanical Gardens, are the English Woodland Garden, Japanese Garden, Victorian Area, Boxwood Garden and The Kemper Center and Home Demonstration Gardens. The facility also hosts of special events throughout the year.
La Canada, CA 91011
Beautiful plants and grounds along with family fun at this site. There are rides, trains, and a bird observation tower.
Orlando, FL 32803
America’s largest Camellia collection outside California and one of the largest formal rose gardens in Florida. A house museum dating from the 1880’s with Palm and bamboo gardens.
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Spread across 150 acres of lush landscape with a picnic area, meeting facilities and a children’s garden. Plan to picnic, birdwatch, walk, hike, paint or read on your next visit.
Madison, WI 53704
Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall.
Woodside, CA 94062
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. 654-acre Filoli estate includes a library, period furnishings, formal gardens, historic house and nature preserve.
Richmond, VA 23228
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to bring you the best in horticultural display for each season. The more than 30 acres of gardens includes one of the largest and most diverse perennial gardens on the East Coast; an elegant Victorian-style garden; an exotic garden setting; a wetland environment with a stunning display of pitcher plants, water irises and lotuses; a Children’s Garden with colorful and interesting plants to attract butterflies and birds; and a study garden with an extensive collection of daffodils and daylilies.
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