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05/25/2012 04:07 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

The 10 Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens Across The United States (PHOTOS)

Now that some of our favorite flowers are in full bloom, we're daydreaming about spending our days pruning the perfect garden. While growing the plot of our dreams may take awhile, in the meantime we're looking for inspiration from a few of the nation's best gardens. Botanical gardens are a great resource for plant education, conservation and even a good place to buy beautiful flora. Additionally, visiting your local botanical garden can be a fun family outing or even make for a serene solo retreat. Either way, you'll take in some expertly curated gardens and even learn about new plant life that can flourish at home. From acres of beautiful landscape just outside Chicago to the exotic plant life of sunny Florida, flip though the slideshow below to see 10 botanical gardens that have been inspiring us lately.

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