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Hidden in Plain Sight

It was pleasant to walk through and see a variety of plants and shrubs that don't necessarily grow... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2019
Rebecca Y
Caratunk, Maine
Hidden Gardens

The BH&G Gardens are truly beautiful. You can catch a glimpse from the sidewalks or plan a visit... read more

Reviewed January 23, 2019
Urbandale, Iowa
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Right in the heart of the city is a half-block long blaze of beauty - Better Homes and Gardens' testing ground for various landscape designs that the company documents and photographs. The area is one large area made of many mini-backyards, complete...more
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Reviewed May 23, 2019

It was pleasant to walk through and see a variety of plants and shrubs that don't necessarily grow in my zone. The two women who maintain the gardens were interesting to chat with and it was an opportunity to learn about the gardens and how...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Rebecca Y
Reviewed January 23, 2019

The BH&G Gardens are truly beautiful. You can catch a glimpse from the sidewalks or plan a visit around the open dates they offer. BH&G use the gardens as test plots and to provide a place of escape for their employees. While not Butchart Gardens...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

You need to stop at this place ... Very knowledgeable information shared by guides, Andrea and Sandra. Thank you ladies, it was a great visit even though it was raining.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 63debram
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

My husband & I enjoyed a stroll through the gardens. Master gardeners were available to answer questions. Learned a few things while enjoying the beautiful gardens. Make sure to check the schedule for hours of operation.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mimidiner
Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

I love to garden, and this is a wonderful place to stop and spend some time. Combine this trip with a stop at a unique and local restaurant for a special outing. Make sure to check the open hours and days-closed to the public most...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank IndigoFountains
Reviewed December 6, 2017

Gardeners will love walking though the gardens. Plants are grown here that may not be found in most home gardens The designs are interesting. Lots of ideas to be gained for home gardens.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Carole M
Reviewed September 27, 2017

We circled the area 3 times and were not able to find parking nearby.I was told after the fact that test garden is only open certain times.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 7, 2017

We made a carefully timed stop here(only open noon to 2pm on Fridays thru Sept) and were very pleased with the thought craftsmanship and skill to make the beautiful displays of flowers,shrubs, small trees, and some vegetables all with very good pathways between. It is...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Dennis M
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

We timed our road trip to stop here on their tour day of Friday afternoon 12-2 p.m. First, the location address is for the building across the street. We used up 15 minutes trying to find the garden. Second, while I saw guides, they did...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank TravelerJenny8
Reviewed June 27, 2017

We just lucked out by being in town on Friday when this is open. It is a fairly small garden space but definitely worth it since it is free and a great shady spot. The gates are on the park side- we had a little...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Pam B
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