April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring the perfect excuse for a spring road trip. This week, our team at Caliber Collision hits the road and tours the nation’s most beautiful botanical gardens. Celebrating the season of growth—both in our cars and in our shops—the Caliber family is ready to put the floral petals to the metal, and spring into the summer months.
Portland Japanese Garden
Our road trip begins on the West Coast at the Portland Japanese Garden in the hills of Oregon. Between authentic tea houses, winding streams, and sand and stone Zen gardens, this 12-acre space was called “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan” by the former Ambassador of Japan. In addition to the array of striking plants, you can also taste authentic Japanese mochi, matcha and other cuisine at the Umami Café. While the first stop on our tour might be an international escape, our next location brings us back down to our roots, literally.
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, proves there is a lot more to its landscape than dirt and tumbleweed. Boasting cacti, succulents, flowers and trees, this botanical garden revs up the desert and introduces rainbows of colors to the otherwise earth-tone backdrop. Until May 12, you can experience their exhibit “Electric Desert,” in which lights and music are used to paint the garden and night sky and provide an experience that’s sure to put your senses into overdrive.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
In 2016, more than 1 million visitors from all 50 states, as well as 90 countries, came through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and that number has since continued to grow. With 66 acres of ornamental gardens, children’s areas, fountains, sculptures and stone pathways, it is no wonder this White Rock Lake gem was named “Top Botanical Garden” by USA Today’s “10Best.” As the third stop on our journey, this must-see Dallas attraction will have you moving full-speed ahead through the more than 20 garden stops.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
What the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden lacks in size compared to its peers, it easily makes up for in design. This year, Architectural Digest named this garden on its 2019 list of "8 Most Beautifully Designed Botanical Gardens in America." The focus on intricate details such as artistic bench designs, air plants, scalloped borders and waterfall stairs qualify the garden as a true work of art. Between summer camps, cocktails in the garden, tours, concerts and a truckload of other events, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is never short of activities and is the perfect penultimate park on our botanical tour through the U.S.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Our floral voyage ends in the heart of New York at our last stop: the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In 1897, the state of New York reserved 39 acres for this special sprouted space, and the garden itself opened on May 13, 1911. Along with the BBG’s expansive plant database, the antiquity of the garden truly sets it on its own path in the realm of botany. Historical feats such as housing one of the first public Japanese gardens in the U.S and developing and patenting the first yellow magnolia, make the BBG a hotspot for tourism, innovation, and exploration.
America is home to hundreds of botanical gardens and arboretums, and we hope this Caliber road trip has inspired you to visit those in your own home state. As you break ground and uncover some of our nation’s hidden gems, remember that our roots here at Caliber Collision are built on serving our customers and fulfilling our purpose—Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life.®