Now this is an absolute must for all you US readers who like visiting gardens because it makes them affordable; works nationwide; and will save you a fortune, if you love visiting gardens. I discovered it here in Florida and know that it works all over the US. I've already used it to visit most of the gardens I've reviewed so far (with entry fees running anywhere between $5 and S20, I couldn't afford to "Gallop" here at the rate I do!!).
Many public gardens here in America run a "Friends" or "Member" Programme which means that you sign up for an annual membership. If like me, you have a fabulous garden nearby (and in my case it's the Marie Selby Botanical Garden), you can visit that garden whenever you want during the year, but you also get reciprocal arrangements to other gardens through the American Horticultural Society (AHS) all over the United States.
Alternatively, you can just join the AHS and then you'll get their magazine, plus news of events and free entry to all their member gardens.
I've only been here for 10 days, but so far I've been to see the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Sunken Gardens, Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, and next week I'm off to Fairchild Tropical Gardens and many others on the East coast of Florida .... so watch this space!
I will be adding a US Garden directory to my side bar when I've visited more gardens here, but in the meantime, here's a list of the Florida properties I've seen, with links:
Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
Historic Spanish Point, Osprey
Joan M. Durante Park, Longboat Key
Jungle Gardens, Sarasota
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota
Sunken Gardens, St Petersburg
Thank you all for visiting - I'm having a wonderful time here looking at gardens - and hope you'll continue to visit with me.