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Monday, April 9, 2018

Best Charities for Garden Lovers


Hey, Garden Lover! Did you know that April is National Garden Month? 

Check out this list of 4-star botanical gardens that are helping people find their love of plants and gardening. Botanical gardens across the country provide much needed green spaces in their communities and work to conserve and protect native plant life. Keep reading to learn more about a few of them.



Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, MI)
☆☆☆ + Impact
Always growing. Always beautiful. Always new.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park promotes the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the gardens, sculpture, the natural environment and the arts. Comprised of 158 acres of natural wetlands, woodlands, meadows and botanical gardens, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a year round experience with indoor tropical, arid, Carnivorous, Victorian and seasonal gardens, world class changing sculpture galleries with shows by international artists, and outdoor acreage featuring a world-class sculpture park, Japanese garden, children's garden, historic Michigan's farm garden, amphitheater for summer concert events, nature trails and boardwalks. During the year, approximately 750,000 individuals were admitted to the gardens and 40,000 school children attended field trips.

Morven Museum & Garden (Princeton, NJ)
☆☆☆
Experience New Jersey’s cultural heritage

A National Historic Landmark, Morven is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor's Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events. Home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and to five New Jersey governors, Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation for more than 250 years.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (Santa Barbara, CA)
☆☆☆
Dedicated to research, education and conservation, and display of California native plants

Incorporated in 1939, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is an educational and scientific institution, fostering stewardship of the natural world through inspired learning, rigorous scholarship, and premier displays. With an emphasis on plants native to California, the Garden advances the knowledge and understanding of plant life and provides a rewarding experience for visitors. The Garden's living collections, including more than 1,000 taxa of plants, are featured throughout 40 acres accessible by over 5.5 miles of public trails. Composed of over 140,000 specimens of plants, the herbarium represents the region's largest scientific collection of preserved central coast plants.

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY)
☆☆☆
An advocate for the plant kingdom

Founded in 1891, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science. The NYBG is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.

San Antonio Botanical Garden Society (San Antonio, TX)
☆☆☆
Inspiring people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives

The mission of the San Antonio Botanical Garden society is to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives. Community events sponsored by the Botanical Society heighten public awareness of the Botanical Garden. Marketing and public relations efforts further extend the role of the Botanical Society in making the Botanical Garden a compelling attraction for the City of San Antonio.

Atlanta Botanical Garden (Atlanta, GA)
☆☆☆
Developing and maintaining plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment

The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden as a non-profit is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

Check out our Top 10 Best Botanical Garden list to find even more highly-rated gardens, or use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find a planting and gardening organization in your area.

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