We've learned a few things over the years. Our editors have assembled the ultimate list of must-do activities from across the region. How many have you done?
The South's public gardens are as diverse as they are breathtaking. To see our regional natives at their best, take in the world-class beauty of Missouri Botanical Garden; admire bluebonnets at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas; or stroll among native azaleas at Georgia's Callaway Gardens. Truth is, however, all the South's great gardens actually started in South Carolina--specifically, at Middleton Place, our country's oldest landscaped gardens, which introduced camellias and so many other plants we have adopted as our own.