10 gardens to visit in the Mid-Atlantic [Pictures]
May 10 is National Public Gardens Day, when America celebrates the role of these public gardens in promoting environmental concerns. But public gardens have an impact on visitors that goes beyond plant or water conservation and reaches into the spirit. Here's a sampling of other gardens in the Mid-Atlantic region -- from huge landscapes to little green gems -- that are worthy of a springtime stroll.
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On this site more than 250 years ago, John Bartram, a Quaker farmer, was stopped in his tracks by a daisy while plowing his fields. The plant's simplicity and beauty inspired Bartram and his son, William, to spend the rest of their lives exploring, collecting and seeking to understand all forms of nature. In 1783, the Bartrams issued the first printed plant catalog in America and supplied plants for Independence Hall, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and E.I. du Pont's Nemours.
What's blooming: The Wetlands. Thousands of native wetland plants, including bulrushes, marsh grasses, irises, hibiscuses and marsh roses, have been planted along the lower Schuylkill River.