Experience nature’s beauty at one of these spectacular botanical gardens.
Every April, there is a wondrous transformation that takes place across the country. Flowers poke through the soil, trees bloom into a canopy of shade, and lawns turn thick and green after a long, dormant winter. It’s no wonder that April is the official Lawn and Garden Month! This year, celebrate nature’s bounty and venture to one of these beautiful hearing loss-friendly gardens:
- New York Botanical Garden
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- United States Botanical Garden
- Fairfield Tropical Botanic Garden
- Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Garden
Continue reading to discover the reasons to visit these magnificent gardens and the hearing-loss friendly activities you can do while you’re there.
1. New York Botanical Garden
Even more than a garden, the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY is also a National Historic Landmark. It’s the largest botanical garden in the country and among the most impressive in the world. Here, you’ll enjoy many different landscapes and an extensive collection of floras. Fully equipped for people with hearing loss, the New York Botanical Garden offers T-coil hearing loops and other assistive listening devices in the ticketing booth, trams, and guided tours. Regular- and large-print transcripts of audio tours are also available.
2. Missouri Botanical Garden
Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO covers 79 pristine acres of carefully-tended nature preserve, including a substantial Japanese-style garden that’s nothing short of magical. See the grounds through expert eyes on one of the narrated tram tours where you’ll receive a printed copy of the script that you can use to follow along. Private tram tours are also available for parties of 15 or more.
3. United States Botanic Garden
Located in Washington D.C., the United States Botanic Garden is a living plant museum that carries out George Washington’s vision to promote the importance of plants to humans and the environment. Hearing loss-friendly options here include assistive listening devices that amplify the voice of tour guides and instructors in classes that take place both indoors and outdoors.
4. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
For a taste of the most vivid, lush tropical plant life in North America, take a trip to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, FL. A sculpture garden, butterfly garden, and hummingbird exhibit all make this hearing loss-friendly garden feel like an exotic escape. Assistive listening devices are available on all the free, narrated year-round tram tours that allow you to comfortably take in all the beauty and learn about the gardens along the way.
5. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Photo credit: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
The botanical gardens at the LA Zoo combine flora and fauna in remarkable ways, creating a peaceful refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. See native plants, California wildflowers, grasses, island species and more as you explore the zoo grounds. Use the free assistive listening devices or request a sign language interpreter in advance to get the most out of a guided tour experience.
Thinking about visiting Madison, WI, home of CapTel headquarters? Visit 16-acre Olbrich Botanical Gardens to stroll the landscapes and hearty plants indigenous to the Midwest.
Something about nature is both invigorating and calming at the same time. These hearing loss-friendly botanical gardens are just one way to experience the beauty of the natural world. For more travel ideas for people with hearing loss, visit our blog today.
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