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2010 10 Best Gardens to Inspire

Got plans for a luscious garden but don't know where to start? Or maybe you need some motivation to get off the back porch and into the dirt. We know you can't control when creativity strikes or inspiration hits, but we can certainly help supply the "where." We've selected 10 of the best gardens in the U.S. to plant ideas in your head. These scenes of divine green are sure to bring your budding aspirations into full blossom. So stop and smell the roses, but don't linger for too long. Get to digging already!

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Large Gardens
Variety of Plants
Unique attributes
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    Fayetteville, NC

    Population: 202,521
    Ian Curcio

    Cape Fear Botanical Garden

    Don't be fooled by the ominous name; frightened is the last thing you'll feel after a stroll through Fayetteville's Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, NC. The 79-acre garden was designed to provide city residents with a tranquil space to enjoy nature's finest, and its more than 2,000 varieties of plants, trees and wildlife make the garden a must-see in the city. But there's far more to do in this garden than simply relax; the River Walk, Heritage Garden, Children's Garden and PWC Water Wise Garden offer a little inspiration for any kind of mood. 

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