Wherever I go, I visit gardens; no doubt many of you fellow gardeners do too. And sometimes it is difficult to quickly figure out which public gardens are near where I’ll be staying or traveling through.
I would love to see municipal tourism offices do more to highlight public gardens, and I would love to see public gardens thrive in every locale. Can you imagine being able to consult a website describing and showing month-by-month photos of an unfamiliar area’s public gardens? It might even have a regional garden map with all of them marked, like some areas do with wineries, historical sites, state parks, and other destinations of interest. And a calendar of local garden-related events. What a time savings for potential visitors and a boost for the local economy.
Public gardens teach and inspire. They demonstrate design and maintenance strategies, introduce visitors to previously unknown plants, sponsor workshops and classes, and reinforce the many joys of being in a garden. Even if I never plan to visit a particular area, I would love to know its public gardens are valued and are working their magic on local and visiting gardeners.
Here are some scenes from just a few of the many public gardens in Washington, D.C. adjacent to the National Mall, a stretch of parks, museums and galleries, and public buildings between the U.S. Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. Long may these and other public gardens thrive!