The Northern Ohio Botanical Garden is ranked third in the United States; See top 10

The Northern Ohio Botanical Garden is ranked third in the United States;  See top 10

CLEVELAND, Ohio – An Ohio location ranked third in an analysis of the most stunning botanical gardens in the United States.

Analysis by Pergola designers and suite designers at Pergola Kits USA analyzed Tripadvisor reviews for 260 botanical gardens across the country. I looked for descriptions like “stunning,” “beautiful,” “stunning,” and “gorgeous” and ranked each garden based on the percentage of reviews that contained those beauty keywords.

The analysis found that Youngstown Fellows Riverside Park, located in Mill Creek Park, ranked third, with 76.61% of reviews describing its beautiful location.

The rankings were close, with less than eight percentage points separating first place from 10th place.

“The close proximity of these proportions to the stunning nature of these botanical gardens demonstrates the absolute beauty and popularity of America’s botanical gardens,” Pergola Kits USA said in a statement. “It’s clear that the public loves visiting the country’s preserved outdoor spaces and showing their appreciation through online reviews.”

Here’s a look at the top ten:

1. Alfred P. Maclay Gardens State Park In Tallahassee, Florida (77.96% rating)

Alfred P. and Louise Maclay planted the gardens in 1923 after purchasing the property for their winter home. Its stunning architecture, secret garden, meditation pond, and hundreds of camellias and azaleas are among its attractions.

2. Blue Spring Heritage Center In Eureka Springs, Arkansas (77.35%)

The landscaped gardens and visitor center are built around a natural spring that fills a deep, circular pool with 38 million gallons of fresh water daily.

3. Fellows Riverside Gardens In Youngstown, Ohio (76.61%)

The free public garden at the north end of Mill Creek Park has diverse and colorful botanical displays. Among them: roses of all categories, seasonal displays of annuals and perennials, flowering bulbs, and stunning landscapes. The gardens attract more than 400,000 visitors annually.

4. Harkness Memorial State Park In Waterford, Connecticut (75.86%)

This park is an estate overlooking Long Island Sound that was deeded to the state of Connecticut in the 1950s. The 230-acre estate includes a Renaissance mansion built in 1906, beautiful gardens, and scenic trails.

5. Garvan Woodland Gardens In Hot Springs, Arkansas (75.35%)

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. It is located in the Ouachita Mountains and displays a rich variety of flora, fauna and pine trees while impressing visitors with views of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains.

6. Hershey Gardens In Hershey, Pennsylvania (74.85%)

The 23-acre Hershey Gardens feature gorgeous flowers and shrubs, as well as a rare collection of trees. This park has also been voted ‘Travellers’ Choice’ in 2022 on Tripadvisor, a delight among visitors.

7. Bellingrath House and Gardens In Theodore, Alabama (72.88%)

The historic headquarters was the home of Walter Bellingrath, one of the first Coca-Cola bottlers in the Southeast. It includes more than 400 species of camellia, Alabama’s state flower.

8. Filoli In Woodside, California (71.82%)

This 654-acre estate includes 16 acres of magnificent English Renaissance gardens. The Filoli estate has been open to the public since 1975 and is considered one of the finest remaining country estates of the century.

9. Cape Fear Botanical Garden In Fayetteville, North Carolina (70.76%)

The park is located between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek. Located on 80 acres, the park was established in 1989 and offers extensive educational programs that allow children and adults to meet live reptiles and take soil samples and plant seeds.

10. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden In Belmont, North Carolina (70.15%)

The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden features 30 acres of lush gardens, including a children’s garden, a conservatory showcasing tropical plants and orchids, and walking trails.

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