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Updated on February 18, 2012

Going to Botanical Gardens

I discovered the world of "botanical gardens" a few years ago, and was so impressed I thought it worth showcasing. If you have never been to one, you ought to do yourself a favor and go, even if you think you are not "into" gardening. They are one of the most serene and happy places I can go to.

The Botanical garden featured here is in Missouri, and we went there while visiting family, and I have to say that pictures don't quite do it justice. Some of the gardens they have there are water gardens, herb gardens, vegetable gardens, tropical gardens, flower gardens, and all kinds of trees just to name a few.

One of the many benefits of going to a botanical garden, is that you can learn much more about gardening in your area, or "zone". You can see what obviously does "well", where you are. In particular its always helpful to know what kind of perennials enjoy different climates, especially now that I am in an area that freezes in the winter. I like to know what kinds of plants will come back after a hard freeze.

That said, I really really enjoyed the Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona, another climate altogether that was just really breathtakingly beautiful to me!! The saguaros alone, were worth seeing there. They had a butterfly garden as well, on display, along with many historical facts about gardening in the past in the desert.

You will find its hard to take in a whole botanical garden in a day, but its never something you will regret, I have found. Its truly inspiring to me, and I feel like I am taking a walk in the park, but in a kind of place that poets write about. :) Even if its a drive to the nearest one, you will be glad you took the time.

Some memories from the botanical garden

Look at the flowers
Look at the flowers | Source
Garden maze, a maze for humans to have fun in!
Garden maze, a maze for humans to have fun in! | Source
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This gate was close to the herb garden
This gate was close to the herb garden | Source
One of the water gardens, with huge lilly pads. Breathtakingly beautiful
One of the water gardens, with huge lilly pads. Breathtakingly beautiful | Source

Slide show video of Tropical Flowers

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Suganya, thank you for your kind words, and I am so glad you liked the photos!

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      SuganyaSrinivasan 

      5 years ago

      Hi, Nice pictures, very attractive.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Kgnature, thank you for stopping by and your kind words.

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      kgnature 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Tony, Oh wow, I would LOVE to see some of the botanical gardens in Africa..I bet they are amazing. Thank you!

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I also love botanical gardens. In South Africa we are blessed with some truly magnificent ones.

      Thanks for sharing this one.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Ocean - they were beautiful pictures! I love those huge, crazy lily pads. They are incredible. It's great to check out botanical gardens. They can really inspire a gardener.

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      Vacation Rentals at Lake Ozark 

      8 years ago

      Wow what beautiful pictures. The garden maze looks like fun. This is a great hub! Thank you!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Islandvoice, thank you so much :) I appreciate your kind words. I feel the same way, if there are botanical gardens nearby, I will try to visit them. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      I enjoy botanical gardens anywhere. You have some wonderful photos here.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you so much Anna for your comment. A lot of what I learned about gardening, is from the botanical gardens, their site, and literature, etc. Its great for all, no matter how green one's thumb is or not.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Jill, yes thoses were huge lillypads, can you beleive it?? Thank you for your kind words. :)

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      awcase 

      9 years ago

      Wow this is great. Never really had a green thumb but boy a beautiful garden like that would be awesome. Great job Oceans. It make me image myself there. would have loved to have seen it.

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      A. Jill 

      9 years ago

      Those were lily pads? Those big things? Wow! I've not seen one of the gardens yet, but you've reminded me that I would love to. Beautiful photos, Ocean!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I hear ya Phoenix, not a bad idea at all, lol :)

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      PhoenixV 

      9 years ago from USA

      I wish that Japanese Garden with the bridge and water were in my backyard lol , I would never leave my yard .

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