At MNN.com, the Mother Nature Network takes a tour of the world’s best botanical gardens, and finds plenty of orchids among them. To compile their list, MNN asked plant experts to consider their favorites, and also included gardens with rarities and historical importance. Not all of the listed gardens have orchids, but some house the world’s best orchid collections, like Singapore Botanic Gardens, New York, Atlanta, Kew in London, Longwood near Philadelphia, and Fairchild in Florida (home of the American Orchid Society.) The article includes info for each locale, with links, highlights, and the best times of year to visit.
San Francisco’s magnificent Strybing Arboretum didn’t make the list, so I’ve added a few photos from a recent visit to plead its case. I can’t guarantee that you’ll see a hawk taking a bath, but I can promise that you’ll enjoy remarkable sights in all of these gardens.
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