Visiting a botanical garden is both a stimulating and peaceful experience.
It’s quiet, yet you hear the sound of crickets, frogs, and songbirds. Accessible pathways lead visitors through colorful varieties of plants too numerous to mention. Your sense of smell will be delighted in the roses, conifers, and even the outdoor ponds. Descriptions of plants will acquaint you with plant names. A botanical garden is a world of discovery each time you visit. It’s always changing.
If your older family member or friend loves gardens, this is a wonderful place to visit.
If you take a loved one consider these things:
- Call or visit on-line to make sure the gardens and facilities are accessible to your older family member or friend.
- Some gardens are free, some charge an entrance fee.
- There is a lot of walking involved so wear comfortable shoes. There are usually many benches, so take breaks as needed.
- Pack along water and a snack if needed. Also consider taking a jacket and sunscreen as needed.
- Visit seasonally as many changes occur over the course of the year.
- Stop by the garden office for a map, if they have them.
- Stop and read plant descriptions, take in the sights and smells, and touch the plants where allowed.
- Take your time and enjoy!