We're still a little ways away from blooming season in this part of the world, but that doesn't mean that we don't have one of the best botanical gardens in the country right in our own backyard.

Good enough to be under consideration to be the top garden in America.

USA Today's 10 Best is looking to crown the nation's Best Botanical Garden and you've got a few days left to throw your support behind the lone Minnesota location among the nominees.


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Nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River in St. CloudMunsinger Clemens Gardens are two adjacent entities that combine for 21 acres of land.

Munsinger Gardens dates back to 1915 when the city purchased the former site of a sawmill as a park.

The Clemens Gardens were developed primarily in the 1990s by Bill and Virginia Clemens, who then donated them to the City of St. Cloud.

You can vote once per day for your top pick until Monday, March 4 at 11:00 AM CT. The 10 winners will be announced Friday, March 15.


  • ABQ Biopark - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Botanica, The Wichita Gardens - Wichita, Kansas
  • Brookgreen Gardens - Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Brooklyn, New York
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - Dallas, Texas
  • Denver Botanic Gardens - Denver, Colorado
  • Ethel M. Chocolates Botanical Cactus Garden - Henderson, Nevada
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Coral Gables, Florida
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens - Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden - Papaikou, Hawaii
  • The Huntington - San Marino, California
  • Huntsville Botanical Garden - Huntsville, Alabama
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - Sarasota, Florida
  • McConnell Arboretum Botanical Gardens - Redding, California
  • Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis, Missouri
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden - San Antonio, Texas
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens - Tucson, Arizona

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