Botanical gardens in the region?

Thumbnail image for Berkshire Garden -Pond.jpgKatie asks via Twitter:

I'm looking for botanical floral gardens both public and private in the capital region area. any leads?

The one that sprang to our mind immediately was the Berkshire Botanical Garden just over the border in Western Massachusetts.

Got other ideas? Maybe even places that aren't botanical gardens exactly, but do have excellent floral gardens? Please share!


I don't know if they are technically "botanical" gardens, but Jackson's Gardens on the Union College campus are beautiful, and home to an impressive range of fauna. I believe there are several unique to the region, or at least rare, tree varietals, as well.

Landis Arboretum has some beautiful plantings and they have an awesome plant sale every year, I think it is this weekend. Yaddo gardens is also beautiful but you can only tour it on certain weekends, you have to check their website.

Yadoo gardens in Saratoga Springs exit 14 I believe and the beautiful rose garden in Schenectady's Central Park will be in bloom in June

I was going to mention the gardens at Union College as well. Such a lovely spot!

Smith botanical gardens in Northampton had their annual flower show about a month ago.

Yaddo is one of my favorite places in the region. I go every year, usually several times, and have never had them "closed" to the public. If you're headed to the Berkshires, Edith Wharton's home, The Mount, has small gardens and very pretty grounds open to the public.

It bears mentioning that Albany Public Library now has member passes to Berkshire Botanical Garden than can be checked out with your library card.

I can second jackson's garden, landis arboretum, yaddo, and berkshire's botanical garden all beautiful places. If you are down for a trip to the city, the Bronx Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful ones i've ever been to. It's huge, has a gorgeous conservatory, and is free on wednesdays! Great for bird watching as well. One of my favorite places in the world!

Don't forget about the arboretum in our backyard (Slingerlands). Pine Hollow is a you-never-knew-but-wow gem.

Innisfree Garden is a but of a drive but is a delightful garden space.

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