Winter Intermission: Botanical Garden Getaway

I have a confession: for as much as I profess to enjoy winter, sometimes a girl needs a break. I am the sort of person who derives pleasure from watching things grow, and winter offers scarce opportunities (in winter of 2010 I successfully cultivated a pooch below my naval, but that is another topic entirely). So when my mother visited recently, the timing was just right for another visit to that tres chic metropolis to the north, Montreal--this time, to city's botanical gardens. I had a hunch roaming the greenhouses would be perfect way to spend some quality mother-daughter time and also satiate my need for greenery and blossoms.

And let me tell you, I was right. Something inside me woke up the moment we set foot inside the glass ensconced balmy paradise. Lush foliage, blossoms blazing like fireworks, and fragrances that put the Saks perfume counter to shame...the winter doldrums didn't stand a chance.

There's at least two solid months (realistically, three in VT) until the first brave crocus pops an eager crown out amid the melting snow drifts. And frankly, for gardeners like me, it's far too long to wait. So why wait? Get your horticulture fix now.

Many metropolitan areas feature botanical gardens. If you haven't visited yours, you are missing out.
Below are links for some botanic gardens across the US. What are you waiting for? Plan a visit!
Georgia - Atlanta Botanical Garden 
New York City - Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
New York State - Buffalo Gardens
DC Metro Area - US Botanic Garden
Illonois - Chicago Botanic Garden
Pennsylvania - Longwood Gardens
Colorado - Denver Botanic Gardens
Florida - Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
New Mexico - Rio Grande Botanic Garden
Missouri - St. Louis Botanical Garden
Ohio - Kohn Conservatory
Wisconsin - Mitchell Park Conservatory
Michigan - Whitcomb Conservatory
Indiana - Foellinger-Freimann Conservatory
Minnesota - McNeeley Conservatory at Como Park
...and of course, let's not forget Montreal

Emily (The Culinary Couple) (January 12, 2011 at 10:59 AM)  

These colorful flowers are just what I needed to brighten my dull, snowy day!

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