Apartment Garden Blues (Blog): My Favorite Places

Longwood Gardens Public GardenSome of my favorite places on earth have to be pristinely manicured public gardens. I grew up in a town outside of Philadelphia, and my mom and I would drive out to Longwood Gardens a few times a year (we had memberships), and I always had a blast there. There was a the history of the place, including the Peirce-du Pont House, which dates back to 1730, and the chimes tower, which I always pretended was a dungeon filled with ghosts.

And then there were the trees I'd play under (one tree was low-growing and had a canopy that completely enclosed an open area inside - a perfect place for a campsite!), the exotic cacti and succulents growing in the greenhouse and the Children's Garden maze.

Now as an adult living in California, I have access to many more public gardens, and I always try to visit one when I'm on vacation. There are so many more public gardens that I want to visit!

I love that BalconyContainerGardening.com has a listing of public gardens. How many public gardens have you visited that are on the list? Are we missing any great gardens? Let us know at Facebook.com/BalconyContainerGardening.



Alexandra Martin is a professional writer from Southern California who grows vegetables, herbs, lots of aloe vera and one giant Boston fern in her balcony garden. She also grows dracaena, pothos and English ivy indoors. She loves traveling and birdwatching in addition to gardening.

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