Best Parks and Gardens in the South
More than just breathing room for our cities, the South’s best green spaces bring communities together.
Thanks to our rich variety of landscapes and climates, the South is uniquely positioned to play home to a wide array of outdoor spaces. Throw in our Southern love of gardening, and it’s no wonder that the South is home to some of the best parks and gardens in the country. Our botanical gardens are a point of pride; anyone who’s been to see the fall display at Bellingrath knows that. But our city spaces, like Centennial Park in Atlanta, which was built for the 1996 Olympics, are also full of life, energy, and botanical wonders. From the lush splendor of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, FL, to the wonder that is the cherry blossoms on the National Mall in spring, no one does parks and gardens like Southerners. We did the (admittedly pleasant) legwork for you, and rounded up the best of the bunch. The only question is: which one will you visit first?