Discovering America's best botanical gardens
from By Dave G. Houser
If poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was right when he said "the earth laughs in flowers," then get ready for a chorus of laughter as botanical gardens across the nation burst forth in blossom this spring. The cultivation of ornamental gardens goes back a long time — from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the enchanting Gardens of Versailles. Here in the U.S., we can thank three early presidents for the establishment of the country's first public botanical gardens in 1820.
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