Happy new year! The nice thing about a new year is, it's so open with possibilities. One of the things I resolve to do this year is... (cue suspenseful music, and add drum roll)... more garden travel. Yay! I've visited pretty much everything within a day's drive of me, and think it's time to branch (ha ha) out! So here is my ultimate wish list (in no particular order), "out loud" to you and to the Universe!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NYC
Wave Hill Gardens, NYC
New York Botanical Garden, NYC
Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis
United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC
United States National Arboretum, Washington, DC
Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Mendocino Coast Botanic Gardens, Fort Bragg, CA
Huntington Botanical Gardens, near Pasadena, CA
Butchart Gardens, near Victoria, BC (I pine about Butchart here)
Lüneburger Heide, northern Germany
Eden Project, St Austell, England
VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC
Longwood Gardens, near Philadelphia (hellllo, Susan!!)
Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, PA
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope, PA
Desert Botanical Garden, near Phoenix
Tohono Chul Park, Tucson
Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson
Cornell Plantations, Ithaca, NY
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas
Arnold Arboretum, near Boston (may carpool to the area mid June)
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA
Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Woodbury, CT
Edited: Rose commented that it'd also be fun to see fellow garden bloggers' gardens. It certainly would, and when I confirm travel dates, I'll post again, hoping to meet up with local bloggers! Also, Rose, and fellow garden bloggers, I invite you to visit my garden, and stay with me if you'd like, if you're ever in SE Michigan. My home is modest, but my garden is nice and I can point you to the best botanical attractions in Michigan and Ohio!
Now, maybe this list leaves you thinking something along the lines of:
1) "Bananas! I can't believe she didn't list [My Favorite Garden Ever]! She can't miss that!"
There, there, now. It's OK! Just comment and I'll look it up. Don't be shy. It may be somewhere I've already been, or it may be something great to add to my list.
2) "Bananas! [Garden on Monica's List] is fairly near my home. I want to go, too!"
Well, cool! Maybe we can arrange to meet there. I love having company, especially a fellow fanatic gardener who knows the regional plants... and restaurants! Let me know!
3) "Bananas! [Garden on Monica's List] isn't so near me but I've always wanted to visit."
Also, cool. Maybe we can plan to meet there! Let me know.
4) "Bananas! That sounds nice, but I can't afford to go anywhere!"
Rest assured that I am a frugal/cheap/budget traveler and it doesn't have to cost a lot to do what you want.
5) "What the bananas is the difference between 'botanic' and 'botanical' in garden names, anyway?"
I'm afraid I just don't know.
Note: By all means, feel free to substitute "bananas!" (a favorite saying of mine) with an expletive more to your own liking.
Looking forward to your thoughts (and choices of expletives!)
P.S. I will attend the Garden Bloggers' Spring Fling in Chicago in May, but it's not officially on my list since I've visited before.