Botanical gardens are great places to visit and get ideas about what to grow in your garden. They showcase the brand new and the tried and true. Whenever I see a lull in my borders, I like to visit a local public garden to get an idea of what could be in bloom, so I know what to plant for next year.
Botanical gardens don't close down for the winter, even in cold climates. A lot of what they showcase in winter months is indoors. If you haven't visited a conservatory in the deep freeze of February, you are in for a real treat. It's one time you will revel in the heat and humidity. But many botanical gardens also do a phenomenal job of dressing up their gardens for the holidays. Here are a few of their tips for using Holiday Greens and Nature's Decorations.