With the dispiriting and ever-present din of the pandemic, the last year has been anything but relaxing. Yet across the South, splendid botanical gardens provide islands of serenity where visitors can take a deep breath and smell the roses.
And the magnolias.
And the daffodils.
And the peonies.
These soothing natural environments have been a balm to those wearied by the crisis. Visits to outdoor spaces exploded in the last year, including gardens and arboretums where people can stroll quiet paths and surround themselves in a palette of vibrant hues.
“A garden is a safe place to escape to, to find solace and relaxation,” said Liz Atwell, communications coordinator with the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas, adding that spring is an ideal time to visit. “It’s always so exciting when we see the first blooms of the year popping up.”
As new blossoms herald the season, seek out your own beautiful calm at one of these Southern gardens.