Crystal Hermitage Gardens, Nevada City, California
Bask in the transient glory of multi-hued tulips—around 100 different Dutch varieties—at Crystal Hermitage Gardens’ Springtime at Ananda in Nevada City. The celebration lasts all April, but visitors during summer months won't be disappointed. In July and August, see begonias, impatiens, and geraniums while wandering the grounds, which overlook Tahoe National Forest.
Russian River Rose Company, Healdsburg, California
Discover more than 650 different varieties of roses at the Russian River Rose Company in Healdsburg, California. The idyllic setting includes an adjoining nursery, so green thumbs can experience the splendor—and the romantic fragrances—in their own yards. Both the garden and nursery are open by appointment only.
Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, Nevada
Native and adapted desert plants get their due in the botanical garden at Springs Preserve. Eight acres showcase more than 1,200 species, including a collection of Mojave Desert cacti and succulents. The natural garden offers nearly four miles of hiking trails among 110 acres of native habitat.
Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Reno, Nevada
Located in Washoe County, Nevada, between the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin Desert, this garden highlights the impressive adaptability of plants native to the high desert. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
San Francisco Botanical Gardens, San Francisco, California
The San Francisco Botanical Garden may not have the same buzz as the nearby de Young Museum or California Academy of Sciences, but the grounds in Golden Gate Park are no doubt a destination-worthy sight. Escape the city while you learn about plants from the tropical forests of Central and South America and Southeast Asia.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg, California
Since opening in the mid-1960s, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has showcased the popular, but not so easy to grow, rhododendron. The gardens’ outpost along the foggy Northern California coastline and its acidic soil courtesy of the resident redwoods, allow the flower to thrive. Visit by April to witness rhododendrons in full bloom. In summer months, see colorful dahlias and sweeping swaths of heaths and heathers. Advanced tickets are required.