photo credit: mbaylorWhen I was pregnant with my first son, my husband surprised me with a trip to the Mitchell Park Conservatory in Milwaukee. As a recent transplant to the bitter cold of Green Bay, WI, a visit to the domes took me worlds away and help ease the "I'm pregnant and living in an icebox" feeling that consumed me.
After we moved, we continued to visit Botanical gardens in different places. Some, naturally, are spectacular and others are smaller and more, ummm, cozy. But even the little guys exude the peace of nature; I think all of us can use that from time to time, don't you?
Here's a link (and another) to some gardens in the Midwest. I've found that many have reciprocal privileges for members--either allowing free entrance or a discount at their location, which makes membership really worth the price.
Do you have a favorite that we could visit when we're passing through?