We love plants and all, but these unexpected exhibits are especially inspiring.
This Florida garden hosts a myriad of tropical plants, but they also have a prized collection of art. The inventive pieces range from the playful (like these fun pond orbs) to the powerful (like larger-than-life modern sculptures).
Created with the kids in mind — but certainly enjoyed by all — this Ohio botanical garden is home to five impressive treehouses designed by local architects.
May through October, abundant, colorful roses completely cover this New York City landscape. There are as many as 650 varieties to see when they're in peak bloom.
Since it debuted in 2012, the "Magic Reimagined" Lantern Festival has been quite the popular event at this St. Louis garden. Twenty-two works of lighted Chinese art (one here captured by the blog Cook Soup Craft) are made of silk, wire and porcelain, and celebrate the garden's partnerships with the Asian country.
The groundskeepers of this 75-year-old garden call their wildflowers "weird and wonderful," and Instagram user Cynthia Jeong shows off one example, the blue puya, beautifully. They're truly a sight to see come spring and summer in San Francisco.
The world's second largest permanent garden maze can be found in this garden in Hakalau, Hawaii. With only one correct exit, the shrubs are capped at 5 feet, so that parents can keep an eye on excitable kids.
"Come for the flowers, stay for the birds," is this garden's motto. The glorious acres attract a host of feathered friends, from regular natives to rare breeds.
The plant Titan Arums hails from Sumatra's jungles, but recently bloomed (for just one night only!) at the University of North Carolina's botanical gardens. It's one of the world's largest flowers, and the researchers at the University are hoping they succeeded in pollination as it bloomed.
Thanks to some nifty temperature and light controls, you can visit a vibrant southwestern desert year-round at Albuquerque's botanical garden.
In Richmond, Virginia, a particular section of the garden is dedicated to edible beauties you won't always see in the product section — like jujubes and mulberries.