5 Stunning U.S. Gardens Worth Visiting

Whether you are a keen gardener or simply enjoy the wonders of garden design and nature, there's nothing quite like visiting a beautiful and unique garden. If you are looking for a new experience in life, there are many spectacular gardens within the United States that delight and inspire their visitors.

Listed below are just five of my favorite, most stunning gardens in the U.S. that are definitely worth visiting:

Kresco Family Victorian Garden – Missouri

This garden of intricately designed beds and geometric paths offers a great example of how diverse and productive edge space can be maximized with multiple smaller beds. Maximizing edge space is something home gardeners can learn from. These gardens are located at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Portland Japanese Garden – Oregon

Set within a 5.5 acre landscape, this Oregon garden is one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Asia. It demonstrates how a cohesive garden design can be a true asset for biodiversity. Its lush ‘Natural Garden’ section exhibits the beauty and serenity of a garden that works with nature rather than fighting against it – something that all gardeners should try to emulate within their space.

Ithaca Children's Garden – New York

Permaculture lives and breathes at this garden in New York State. This is a wonderful place to bring your kids, let them play and get in touch with nature. This garden offers something different from the slightly staid and formal feel of most public gardens.

Coastal Gardens – Maine

Beautiful coastal views and woodland trails allow you to enjoy this natural setting amid beautiful blooms. Amongst its many highlights, there is plenty of inspiration for the home gardener, including its wonderful vegetable area that was created using vertical gardening techniques.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens – Washington, D.C.

The estate of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post includes a series of beautiful 'garden rooms'. Making 'garden rooms' is a great way to make the most of your space and blend your outdoor and indoors living areas. I would recommend visiting this location during the spring or summer, a time when the gardens are incredibly peaceful and visually stunning. It will make you feel as though you have escaped the city limits.

Along with botanic gardens and gardens that are places of study, you should consider visiting 'working gardens' that produce healthy local food, essential oils or medicines. Why not visit a local orchard or a working homestead? You will be inspired by the bounty of nature and the opportunity to obtain useful gardening ideas.