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Our Gardens

The Botanical Gardens consists of many indoor greenhouses that are interconnected.  When you visit the Botanical Gardens you will embark on a self guided tour throughout the greenhouses, each displaying a different exhibit and collection of plants. There are also several seasonal outdoor gardens that are always free and open to the public. Visitors spend anywhere between 45-120+ minutes on their self guided tour. Click on map below or click on the leaves to learn more and guide you through the Botanical Gardens!

Our Living Collections

Our Botanical Gardens is filled with plants from across the globe. We classify our collections into two areas – Core Living Collections and Special Living Collections (see more information below). We work to enhance and diversify our Core and Special Living Collections on a continual basis to create beautiful exhibits, enhance our storytelling, foster educational opportunities to engage visitors, and connect people with plants and the natural world.

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Core Living Collections

Our Core Living Collections are the foundation of our Botanical Gardens. They showcase a broad representation of plants that live in tropical and sub-tropical environments as well as plants that live in our geographic area and specific plant hardiness zones.
  • Palms
  • Edible Plants
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Tropical Rainforest Plants
  • Succulents
  • Ferns
  • Begonias
  • Epiphytes
  • Hoya
  • Ivy
  • Bamboo
  • Cycads
  • Wetland/Aquatic Plants
  • Peperomia
  • Carnivorous
  • Bromeliads
  • Cichlids
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Perennials

Special Living Collections 

Special Living Collections are a source of pride for our organization, and they have value to both the Society and our community. These collections must meet specific criteria and are specifically curated to enhance the visitor experience.
  • Orchids
  • Bonsai
  • Koi
  • Corpse Plants
Special Living Collections criteria - Each Special Living Collection must meet all the following:
  • Trained staff or an affiliated organization curates and cares for the collection
  • Holds a special value within our community
    • Visitors visit to enjoy the collection
    • It is of interest in our community or at Botanical Gardens in general
  • Has a high monetary value
  • Supports specific educational programming for students and visitors
  • Our staff and volunteers are trained to interpret the collection
  • The collection has educational and interpretive signage
Additionally, each Special Living Collection must meet at least 2 of the following:
  • The collection is highly vibrant, colorful and showy
  • There are rare and unusual varieties within the collection
  • The collection is displayed through an exhibit and/or event
  • They have significant scientific value


Our outdoor gardens have been designated as a Level II Arboretum through ArbNet. Tree highlights include a weeping European beech, a dawn redwood, a katsura and many more.  Follow ArbNet on Facebook and Twitter for more information about our arboretum and others.

Did you know? The Botanical Gardens is coated with a protective liquid shade to help control the temperatures inside the conservatory for both the plants and the visitors! Learn more below!