Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
With so many different types of gardens to peruse, this is a wonderful spot for spending a full afternoon. Better yet, pack a picnic lunch! Some of the gardens to look out for this time of year are the hosta, English and wildflower gardens. Check out a full map of the gardens here.
To Access: There are plenty of parking options around the grounds. Enter from Scenic Avenue and park right away in the first lot you come to, or take a right and park in one of the other two lots.
Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
When you're in need of some extra peace and serenity, head to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Springfield Botanical Gardens. This is the oldest garden on site and stretches for 7.5 acres. Take in the meticulously maintained landscaping, stop and relax by the koi lake and feel the full weight of meditation garden.
To Access: Enter the Springfield Botanical Gardens from Scenic Avenue. Take your first left and follow the road all the way around the north-side of the park to the overflow parking lot right next to the stroll garden. Or, park in one of the first lots and walk east through the park to the entrance.