MPC, being in the business of providing signage for a wide range of industries, is continually focused on aesthetics. We have a deep appreciation for what’s beautiful and images that inspire visual pleasure.
We especially enjoy the form and function of botanical gardens, which provide the public with some of the most awe-inspiring natural art found in the world. Below, you’ll find a dozen of what we believe are the most unbelievably exceptional botanical gardens in the United States and perhaps the world.
It’s like artists have taken over the garden, from landscapes down to the shape of the ornate fountains. The entire site is divided in sections, from “Asian Woods” that display native flowers of China, Korea, and Japan, to the Gravel Garden, an homage to the Mediterranean landscape. Additionally, programs, classes, and conferences invite experts and amateurs alike to Wayne, Pennsylvania.
The botanical garden has 2.5 million plants, nearly 10,000 varieties, over 200 families of plants, 25,000 types of aquatic plants, and 81 acres of waterways. Bird watchers flock to the garden as well; 255 species have been sighted to date. Its 50,000 members make it the botanical garden with the largest count in the United States. With a keen focus on education and gardening awareness, the garden hosts 433 adult classes and programs for over 22,000 schoolchildren.
The expansive, 50-acre garden is divided in sections, each with a theme, including Rose, Children’s, Asian Valley, and Cherry Tree Walk tributes. A whimsical and inviting place, one can go alone, stroll with a lover, learn with family members, or use the site as a beautiful backdrop for a business meeting. Ongoing classes and lectures are assigned to each season, where one can receive a Garden Education Certificate. The well-engineered gardens combined with Virginia weather ensures there’s something in bloom throughout the year.
Fairchild’s deep emphasis on research and education, in addition to beauty, makes it renowned throughout the world. Dr. David Fairchild, author of The World Was My Garden, wanted the Garden to introduce the world’s charm as well as inspire further curiosity and appreciation of nature. Here, horticulture is revered as an art, and collections and exhibits ensure attendants learn about developing, maintaining, and improving upon plant life.
The Garden features several sites, replete with an incredible sunset view atop an elevation of 298 feet, one of the highest points within peninsular Florida. The Endangered Plant Garden hosts 30 species from north and central Florida, and with various lifecycle stages, ensures there is something different to experience each season. At the heart of the 7.5 acres rests the Pinewood Estate, a 20-room mansion with three porches that capture the sweeping landscape.
Being adjacent to the Duke University campus, the Gardens balances its beauty with rotating study and educational focus. The site hosts several distinct areas including the Virtue Peach Pond, Page-Rollins White Garden, and Angle Amphitheater. Most goers take a tour through the entire estate, which also includes the Woodland Garden, Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, East Meets West Garden, and the Asiatic Arboretum.
The Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden is one of the only outdoor, elevated rainforest displays in the world, so visitors get a chance to experience what it’s like to live in a tree canopy. Some varieties of grass can grow as much as 40 inches per day during a two-month growth period in the Bamboo Garden. The site’s Banyan Groves serve as a great place for family gatherings or business meetings. And, visitors continue to rave about the Koi Pond, home to colorful and hungry Koi that swim amid oak-lined portions of the Garden.
Since its inception 35 years ago, the Botanical Garden has gone through more than 50 updates, upgrades, and new iterations. Day hours are not the only time to visit; over one-million LED lights adorn the Garden during the holiday season. A place to behold beauty and advance education, weekly classes include Yoga in the Garden and Growing Edibles. One of its most-respected features, the Fuqua Orchid Center, hosts a rare assortment of high-elevation orchids, unparalleled in the Southeast. Evening visits from May to October enable guest to enjoy cocktails and incredible views.
Actually, the Denver Botanic Gardens consists of three respective locations. The main location resides in east-central Denver supplemented by sites in Chatfield and Mt. Goliath, an alpine wildflower garden replete with hiking trails. On-site classes include Rocky Mountain Gardening as well as those teaching botanical illustration, welcome to both children and adults. In addition to visual beauty, the sites promote holistic wellness, teaching about health, cooking, exercise, and gardening.
More than 51,000 plants comprise the Botanical Garden’s collection. The Geodesic Dome Conservatory has no interior support or columns from the floor to the ceiling. Rising 70 feet from the center and 1.3 million cubic feet in totality, the half-acre space is designed to emulate a tropical rain forest, with 2,800 plants and 1,400 different tropical species. The site’s 23 residential-scale gardens hosts an 8,000 square-foot pavilion with a library, doctor clinic, and indoor displays. Almost treeless in 1859, the Garden has almost 9,000 today consisting of 624 different species.
By 1850, the land was considered to host the finest collection of trees in the world. The site was purchased in 1906 to save the arboretum from being sold for lumber. The astonishing conservatory hosts a pipe organ and an intricate system of fountains. Home to 11,000 different plants, trees, and fountains Longwood is revered as a work of art in itself. Not to omit the importance of horticultural education, Longwood has an extensive two-year, tuition-free program, a graduate program, and an assortment of internships. More than 800 events per year include flower shows, demonstrations, adult courses, children’s programs, recitals, and musical theatre. The Gardens attract nearly 1 million visitors each year with respective areas for dining and shopping.
The DBG was founded in 1937 and established two years later. Today, the site has more than 21,000 plants, over 4,000 taxa, and more than 120 rare species. The extensive collection of agave and cacti make it one of the most unique botanical gardens in the world. Especially focused on plants that adapt to desert conditions, several other ecosystems are represented here, including the mesquite bosque, semidesert grassland, and upland chaparral. The entire site and associated system is dependent on the interest of outsiders; early supporters and amateur botanists donated home plant collections to add to the diversity and allure of the Desert Botanical Garden.