If it seems a bit contradictory for me to love wild, natural areas as much as I do, but also love cultivated botanical gardens—well, humans are complex. I can love both!
If you’ve never been to a botanical garden, you are truly missing out. (Unless you hate beauty.) Botanical gardens are colorful oases in the midst of dull, smoggy cities—beacons of nature, reminding us that there is life outside the city.
I’ve taken hundreds of photos in botanic gardens. In this photo essay, please enjoy my favorites from Denver Botanic Gardens and Balboa Park Botanical Garden. We all need a reminder of the vibrancy of life once in a while.
Now get out there and go!