Across most of the United States, spring has burst forth with its spectacular show of color. Spring bulbs, flowering trees and shrubs fill public gardens and backyards, welcoming the season of renewal.
Spring is the perfect time for people of all ages to explore public gardens. Master Gardeners and beginners alike can get ideas for their own gardens while enjoying all of the beauty of a public garden with none of the work.
Readers of USA Today and 10Best recently chose the winners in the 'Best Public Garden' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice.
At the top of the list was Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. came in second followed by Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. You can see the entire top 10 list at the link above.
Favorite spring bulbs you'll find in many gardens include daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and irises. Forsythia, azalea, lilac and rhododendron bushes add springtime color each year.
Among the first signs of spring are flowering trees including the redbud, pear, cherry, magnolia and dogwood. Take a little break from your spring garden cleanup and enjoy the beauty of spring around the country.