The plant craze is booming and has inspired travelers to take road trips to destinations that are bursting with outdoor exotic plants, garden shops and plant-themed restaurants. For example, the hillsides of the western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains are a Rhododendron paradise that explodes in blossoms of brilliant colors ranging from white and pastels to vibrant purple and red.
Rosemary Square, West Palm Beach, is rich with color thanks to a variety of flowers in bloom throughout the neighborhood. From Purple Passion Flowers to Double Peach Hibiscus, the 72-acre neighborhood is booming with plants and flowers in every corner. They work with a certified master gardener who curates the destinations plants and even opened a tranquil store that is part garden shop and part art gallery. This fall they are featuring Planta, an innovative plant-based restaurant that champions environmental sustainability using all plant based ingredients from ethical suppliers.
Hotels throughout the world are welcoming green thumb enthusiasts by showcasing a wide variety of colorful plants and flowers just in time for the summer and fall seasons. Here are some of the world’s most brilliant hotel gardens.
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver, Canada
As its name would suggest, the Botanist Restaurant, located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, has no shortage of plants to catch your eye. With Pacific Northwest-grown produce, sustainably sourced seafood and suppliers that maintain organic agriculture practices, Executive Chef Hector Laguna creates dishes to depict the culinary richness of the region. Sample the cuisine of Chef Laguna then stroll through the gardens. The outdoor terrace garden boasts more than 50 plant species, and includes edible varieties like green tea camellia.
Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, Georgia
The resort, carved out of the North Georgia foothills, sits on a 3,000-acre estate filled with vibrant gardens. In 1988 it was restored into historic gardens with more than 200 varieties of roses. The hotel features an onsite garden that is the source of many dishes, local wild foraging and seasonal garden ingredients with a garden-to-kitchen philosophy.
Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide have some of the most magnificent and beautiful storybook gardens that you’ll find anywhere in the world. Special occasions celebrated in the gardens of historic hotels include romantic getaways, romantic proposals, honeymoons and anniversaries.
Mohonk Mountain House, (1869) New Paltz, New York
One of the outstanding features of the Mohonk gardens is the combination of sweeping lawns and open vistas with stately trees as focal points, surrounded by spectacular rocky cliffs. Various paths invite guests beyond the formal area and into the rose, herb and cutting gardens. Cedar-made pergolas, arbors, benches and summerhouses handcrafted by Mohonk’s rustic carpenters, enhance the natural aspects of the Mohonk landscape.
Grand Hotel, (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
Grand Hotel’s grounds consist of over 25 planted gardens that account for over one and a half acres of maintained garden beds. Most of the gardens and surrounding areas have matured over the 130 years Grand Hotel has been established. There are a variety of gardens to visit including the Tea Garden, home to the beautiful historic English stone fountain, life-sized horse and carriage topiary, and a recently renovated stone wall lined with cedars and gardens. The Wedding Garden is where Rose Walk lines the west path to the pool and wooded areas. The Triangle Gardens are viewed walking up the hotel and are the most photographed gardens, featuring colorful patterns of uniquely arranged blooms. In late spring, Grand Hotel’s 10,000 tulips come into full bloom followed by lilacs in summer, and fall foliage ushering in cooler temperatures.
The Wigwam, (1929) Litchfield Park, Arizona
The Wigwam is widely known for beautiful, vibrant, flourishing plants and gardens and is home to over 8,000 rose bushes, offering endless gorgeous views. With the expansive, verdant green grounds, The Wigwam naturally lends itself perfectly for a tranquil and calming experience. Many events and weddings take place at The Wigwam’s Rose Garden, featuring tall palm trees and perfectly landscaped rose gardens. The Historic Wigwam Arch is situated within a bed of seasonal flowers & Arizona native cacti.
Hotel Villa Cipriani, (1899) Asolo, Italy
The gardens, as well as the villa, date back Palladian times, XVI century. The gardens have been carefully designed in every detail, and they are a place to rediscover inner harmony, a story of colors and fragrances that accompany guests in every season. The garden, undoubtedly Villa Cipriani’s crowning glory, has been included in the American Horticultural Society’s Garden of Excellence circuit since the middle of the 90s. The colors and fragrances of the garden change according to seasons: tulips in spring, jasmine and roses in May, olea fragrance in September and the orange shades of the persimmon trees in the winter. Century old cypresses and everlasting greenery have through centuries provided guests of the villa a place where to unwind.