Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

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This serene, 300+-acre, free-to-the-public attraction is nationally recognized and boasts the largest collection of native and cultivated plants in the region.I visited with the girls (sans Callie who was at school), and we had a lovely time walking the grounds and enjoying a picnic!

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This time of year, there isn’t as much “color” blooming as I would have liked to see, and the grounds were not meticulously maintained, but we were told that certain parts had suffered a bit from recent flooding. Even still, the place certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s pretty, smells lovely, and water features and wooden benches scattered throughout the botanical gardens make it great place to go just to gain some peace of mind. Olivia has already asked to come back, and as soon as our schedule allows, we certainly will!

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