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Visit the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas and take a trail walk through the Mojave Desert to see native plant life and the original springs of Las Vegas.

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Henderson, Nevada. Frenchman's Mountain is in the distance. Photo: Puzzler 4879 via Flickr

An oasis in the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, the Berlin Botanic Garden is a plant paradise of world importance with a history of over 300 years. It had a forerunner in the early 17th century that came from the princely kitchen and herbal garden which was located in the pleasure gardens of the Berlin castle. Today the Botanic Garden Berlin-Dahlem comprises an area of 126 acres. About 22,000 different species of plants are cultivated here.

The Norfolk Botanical Garden has beautiful plants, both living and glass. They also have butterlies under glass. The UC Botanical Garden has lots and lots of plants and wild butterflies but no glass ones.

The Idaho Botanical Garden has a significant Idaho Native Plant Garden. Would be great to walk through to see what we like.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens has several interesting plant collections including the world's only Subantarctic Plant House. If I'm ever down under again, I'm putting Tasmania on the itinerary.

The Cactus Garden at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Phoenix reflects their local flora. In Berkeley, we grow primarily the Mexican and S. American cacti. Strange.

For a beautiful display of Kansas flora, the Dyck Arboretum. The garden also undergoes important seasonal changes. The UC Garden collection hosts lots of Eastern N. American plants but few from Kansas.

Text & photo from Gadling. Photo by Flickr user mjlacey The oldest botanical garden in Sweden, Botaniska Trädgården (Botanical Gardens), located in the university town of Uppsala, was founded in 1655 and was originally used for teaching students about botany and pharmacy. Today the gardens extend over 34 acres with some 11,000 species from all over the world. Certainly worth a visit if you ever find yourself in this Swedish city. Website for Garden: