The Top 10 Public Gardens to Visit in New England and the Mid Atlantic

The Top 10 Public Gardens to Visit in New England and the Mid Atlantic

Article by Larry Truett

For the past year I’ve been compiling a list of Public Gardens for a gardening website I run. These gardens all look like fantastic places to visit, but what are the most popular? I’ll start with this list for the New England and Mid Atlantic regions of the United States. New England is the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Mid Atlantic are the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

The most popular public gardens (based on online chatter) in beautiful New England and Mid Atlantic are:

10. Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, New York

9. New Canaan Nature Center in New Canaan, Connecticut

8. Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Massachusetts

7. Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

6. New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York

5. Horticulture Center at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island

3. Hershey Gardens in Hershey, Pennsylvania

2. Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

…and the most popular public garden in the New England and Mid Atlantic states is…

1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York

Gardens not making my top 10 were Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, New York; Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts; Marsh Botanic Gardens in New Haven, Connecticut; University of Delaware Botanic Gardens in Newark, Delaware; Botanic Garden at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; Homestead Gardens in North Smithfield, Rhode Island; McLaughlin Garden in South Paris, Maine; New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood, New Jersey; Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; Sayen House and Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey; and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine.

So excellent gardens in every state, but New York and Pennsylvania certainly came out as having the most popular attractions.

I compiled this list by searching for each public garden listed on a number of search engines and ranking them by the number of web pages, discussion forums, photos, videos, etc that are available online.

Check out my complete list of Public Gardens at

About the Author

I’m a freelance vegan computer programmer living in San Diego California with my wife and our 3 cats. I enjoy hiking, gardening, reading, watching too much TV, and other nerdy stuff. I run a few websites including,,, and

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