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    The Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) includes over 320 participating gardens, arboreta, and other cultural sites across North America, located in 48 states, Canada, and the Caribbean. The following sites are new to the program this year.

    New RAP Gardens

    More to explore in 2018

    Amarillo Botanical Gardens  in Amarillo, Texas

    A hidden gem in the city of Amarillo, these lush landscaped gardens in the middle of the Texas Panhandle are bursting with a collection of exotic plants. Explore four acres of seasonal outdoor themed plantings such as fragrance, butterfly, Japanese and xeric gardens. 

    Children’s Storybook Garden & Museum in Hanford, California

    All of the gardens here are interactive with books to read, floors to sweep, plants to be planted, produce to be picked, drop in activities, and of course just to sit and enjoy the day. As the name suggests, all gardens are supported by appropriate children’s literature and promote youthful exploration and enjoyment.

    Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Point Shores, Michigan 

    Jens Jensen, one of America's foremost landscape designers and conservationists, designed the Ford House garden landscape between 1926-1932. Known as the master of the naturalistic approach to landscaping, Jensen's design style combines woodlands, meadows and wetlands in such a natural way that guests are usually not conscious of any man-made design.

    Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs, Florida

    Travel back in time to Old Florida by visiting this Historic Cultural Icon. Discover a botanical jungle filled with native trees and plants as well as species from all around the world. Visit with our rescued birds and reptiles.

    Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California

    This historic two-and-a-half acre property includes a rose garden, cutting garden, formal herb garden, demonstration bed, wisteria garden, and an allée.

    Goodwood Museum & Gardens in Tallahassee, Florida

    Walk around Goodwood Museum and Gardens and you’ll get a sense of Old Florida charm and splendor.  All of the plants and flowers that surround the house are “heirloom” – none are used that appeared after 1929.

    Kahanu Garden on the island of Maui, Hawaii

    On the rugged Hana coast, along the far eastern shores of the Hawaiian island of Maui, Kahanu Garden grows in splendid isolation, nestled in the one of the largest native hala (Pandanus) forests in the Islands. The collection highlights plants of value to the Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultures.

    The Kampong in Miami, Florida

    The Kampong contains a fascinating array of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees. It is the former estate of Dr. David Fairchild, the famed botanical explorer who traveled throughout Southeast Asia and other tropical regions collecting exotic plants he introduced to the U.S.

    Lendonwood Gardens in Grove, Oklahoma

    Lendonwood Gardens is an eight-acre botanical garden in northeastern Oklahoma. Shady pathways meander through more than 1,200 different types of plants, including an amazing collection of rhododendrons, many varieties of daylilies, and several varieties of dogwoods.

    Limahuli Garden on the island of Kauai, Hawaii

    Limahuli Garden and Preserve is located on the north shore of the island of Kaua'i in one of the most biodiverse valleys in the Hawaiian Islands. Home to dozens of endangered plants and birds found nowhere else on earth, Limahuli Garden and Preserve highlights native and culturally-significant species in an authentic Hawaiian landscape.

    Longleaf Botanical Gardens in Anniston, Alabama

    Longleaf Botanical Garden encompasses 74 acres of hilly terrain and Alabama's newest botanical garden.  Temporary exhibits include the Tropical Cascade Garden, an ornamental banana display, the Longleaf Nature Trail, and the Anniston Rotary Sensory Garden.

    McBryde Garden on the island of Kauai, Hawaii

    Located on the South Shore of the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, McBryde Garden is nestled in the picturesque and historic Lawa'i Valley. The garden is a veritable botanical ark of tropical flora including an extensive collections of palms, flowering trees, rubiaceae, heliconias, orchids, and many others.

    Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island

    Mount Hope Farm is a 127 acre national historic site located in Bristol, Rhode Island.  On the beautiful property you can observe wildlife habitats, examine the relationships between native and introduced/invasive species of plants, and explore vital ecosystems along miles of woodland and shoreline trails.

    Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens in Rockford, Illinois

    Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens brings the tropics to the Midwest in plant exhibition area complete with water features and sculptures.  Outdoors, visit the Eclipse Lagoon and follow the path to the Sinnissippi Rose Garden.

    Oakland Cemetery & Historic Oakland Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia

    Depending on the season, your visit may find thousands of heirloom daffodils blooming, a cloud of flowering trees, drifts of garden mums or the blazing colors of autumn trees.  Over 1400 trees grace the grounds, many reflecting Victorian traditions with their weeping form or strong vertical lines pointing towards heaven.

    Ohio State University Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, Ohio

    Look at, learn about, and love the plant life around you. Over the past 100+ years, the arboretum has grown into an expansive 110 acre outdoor laboratory and landscape garden. Theme gardens feature over 2,500 varieties of woody and herbaceous plants, highlighting varied ecosystems and best landscape practices.

    The Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum at LancasterHistory.org in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    Sporting many varieties of mature trees, The Tanger Arboretum is a place of rest and relaxation.  Its constantly changing form and texture make an inviting spot to spend time enjoying the everlasting beauty of nature.

    The Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio  

    Specializing in evergreen plants, the Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum covers just over nine acres. What started as a hobby in 1926, over the years of trial-and-error plantings, grew to an accumulation of four to five thousand different types of trees and shrubs.

    Wilson Botanical Gardens in Wilson, North Carolina

    The Wilson Botanical Gardens invites you to visit and see the growing collections of plants that thrive in Hardiness Zone 8a! Explore one of the many themed spaces including the Children's Secret Garden, Culinary and Medicinal Herb Garden, arboretum, Heritage Garden and more.


    To find out about the specific benefits that each of these sites offers to AHS members and members of other RAP sites, see the state-by-state online directory. To learn more about how RAP works, read these guidelines.