The United States boasts some of the most spectacular gardens in the world, each offering a unique blend of botanical beauty and artistic design. This summer, immerse yourself in nature’s splendor at these five must-visit gardens, and ensure your outfit is both weather-appropriate and stylish.

1. New York Botanical Garden, New York

Highlight: The Wonderland Exhibit

Located in the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a lush oasis in the heart of New York City. This summer, the garden is hosting the Wonderland Exhibit, a magical display inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Expect whimsical sculptures, intricate floral displays, and immersive experiences that will transport you to a fantastical world.

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2. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida

Highlight: Tropical Plant Collections

For a tropical escape, visit the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. This 83-acre garden is renowned for its extensive collection of rare tropical plants, including palms, cycads, and flowering trees. Wander through the butterfly conservatory, or take a tram tour to explore the diverse ecosystems within the garden.

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3. Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona

Highlight: Cactus and Succulent Collections

In Phoenix, Arizona, the Desert Botanical Garden showcases the stark beauty of desert landscapes. With over 50,000 desert plants, including towering cacti and vibrant succulents, this garden provides a fascinating glimpse into desert flora. Be sure to check out Flashlight Nights, Sonoran Sippin’ drinks at sunset and their amazing Gertrude’s cafe for a spectacular meal (reservations suggested).

What to Wear: Arizona’s desert climate is extremely hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 100°F (38°C). Opt for loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to stay cool. We recommend crinkle styles such as our CHARLIE CRINKLE TANK DRESS, STRIPE or our ESSENTIAL JOY SLEEVELESS TUNIC TOP, GREY with a pair of lightweight, crinkle Punto pants such as the Jess Crinkle Puntos.

4. Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon

Highlight: Tranquil Japanese Design

Nestled in the hills of Portland, Oregon, the Portland Japanese Garden is celebrated for its serene beauty and authentic Japanese design. Stroll through eight different garden styles, including the tranquil Strolling Pond Garden and the meticulously raked Sand and Stone Garden. This garden offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling city.

What to Wear: Portland’s summer weather is mild and pleasant, with average highs around 80°F (27°C). Our Urban Abstract Tokyo collection that would compliment the beautiful landscape. Consider our URBAN SAKE MUUMUU DRESS, KHAKI or our URBAN YAMAMOTO RELAXED TOP, BLACK paired with roomy bottoms such as our URBAN AKIRA BALLOON PANTS, KHAKI.

*Photo by David M. Cobb, courtesy Portland Japanese Garden

5. Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri

Highlight: Climatron and Rose Garden

In St. Louis, Missouri, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a botanical treasure trove. Visit the iconic Climatron, a geodesic dome housing a tropical rainforest, and don’t miss the extensive rose garden in full bloom during summer. The garden’s 79 acres also feature an English Woodland Garden, a Japanese Garden, and a children’s garden.

What to Wear: Missouri summers can be hot and humid, with temperatures in the mid-80s to 90s°F (29-35°C). A sleeveless cotton dress or a lightweight, short-sleeved top paired with a punto pants will keep you cool. From our Santorini Night Skies collection, we recommend: CIRCE WEEKEND TEE and our THALIA SLEEVELESS TUNIC TOP, MIX paired with our LABYRINTH PANTS, STRIPES for an easy, breezy natural vibe.

Where Will You Go?

These five gardens offer diverse and breathtaking experiences, from tropical jungles to serene Japanese landscapes and arid desert scenes. Dressing appropriately for each location will enhance your visit, keeping you comfortable and stylish as you enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of these magnificent spaces. So, pack your bags, don your garden-ready outfit, and embark on a botanical adventure this summer!


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