Botanic gardens. What exactly are they? According to the staff of Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium of Cornell University it is “a controlled and staffed institution for the maintenance of a living collection of plants under scientific management for purposes of education and research, together with such libraries, herbaria, laboratories, and museums as are essential to its particular undertakings. . . It is not merely a landscaped or ornamental garden, although it may be artistic, nor is it . . a park with labels on the plants.”
If that doesn’t sound like something you’d like to visit, take a look at these.
Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Garden – Kauai, Hawaii
Limahuli Garden – Kauai, Hawaii
Chicago Botanic Garden
Betty Ford Alpine Garden (The highest botanic garden in the U.S. at 8,250 feet above sea level.)
Don’t let the big words scare you off. Or the scientific names. Lathyrus odoratus is just as lovely when you call it Sweet Pea. Or vice versa. There are about 1800 botanical gardens in almost 150 countries. There are 200 in North America. I’ve only been able to visit 10 – at least that I remember – but each one was enjoyable and well worth the effort!
Take some time on your next vacation or day off and visit a botanic garden near you. And take the time to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
Genesis 1:11-13 “Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.”