When it comes to botanical gardens, the spirit of Victorian gardening is alive and well! Read on for four gorgeous Victorian-inspired gardens you can visit today!
The New York Botanic Garden was established in 1891 and was inspired by a visit by renowned botanists, Elizabeth and Nathaniel Lord Britton, after their visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens near London. I especially love the Victorian-style glasshouse and the lilac collection! It’s a true gem of a botanic garden in New York City!
One of my personal favorites is Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, located in Concord, Massachusetts. If you’re a fan of Alcott’s writings—Little Women, among other classics!—you’ll love visiting Orchard House! The home has been preserved just as it had been when the Alcotts lived there during the 19th century. The museum even has a Little Women garden inspired by the beloved classic novel!
Looking to the West Coast, a perennial favorite is the Conservatory of Flowers at Golden Gate Park. This botanical garden in San Francisco boasts the oldest public wood-and-glass conservatory in North America, brimming with examples of Victorian gardening favorites. I’ll certainly be visiting this landmark on my next trip to visit family in California!
And at the Denver Botanic Gardens, visit the Victorian Secret Garden, which is a 19th-century-style formal garden with a beautiful array of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. The garden room even has a cozy gazebo to sit and enjoy the surrounding botanical beauty!
Have you visited any of these gardens? Do you have a favorite botanical garden in your area! Let me know in the comments!
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