Tour de France, Pennyslvania, and British Columbia

Much like kid at Christmas or perhaps even Halloween, I too have a wish list, but mine involves the gardens I’d like to visit around the world.  My love of planning vacations began early.  Since I was the one planning our family outings, I would stick in a few of my own favorites.  On a trip to Michigan we went to the Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and on more than one occasion to Nashville TN, the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.   Some are closer to home than others, but I hope to get to check them off my list at some point or another.

1.  Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square PA

I’ve had my eye on this garden since college.  It was part of an internship program that students from our department could participate in over summer break.  Longwood Gardens has a long history that has grown to include festivals, performances, education and one of the best collection of trees in the country.

2.  The Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.

The garden has a well-known display of annual plantings.  The amount of color in one spot is breathtaking.  It is best viewed in the early-mid summer before the annual plantings become tired.

3.  Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, PA

Another Pennsylvania garden worth visiting, is the Chanticleer Garden.  Some more nerdy garden sorts will be reminded of the Chanticleer Pear.  This is the stronger more upright version of the famous Bradford Pear.

4.  Versailles Garden, Versailles, France

There are many other sites to see in and around Paris, but this one would be a highlight for me.  Designing and maintaining such a formal space must leave the garden staff a little insane.

5.  Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny France

The inspiration behind many of Monet’s paintings, the gardens at his home in Giverny France are still well cared for and on display.