Travel tips: Beauty blooms in these gardens | Features –

Awash in color, scent and texture, gardens are a welcome gift from the natural world. Here are five places where beauty is blooming.

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Penn.

Families are encouraged to explore the more than 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows and fountains as well as a 4.5-acre conservatory that comprise this Pennsylvania gem. Ask about family story time and scavenger hunts in the Children’s Garden, guided visits to a meadow and invigorating seasonal programs. Kids will want to scout for the dozens of whimsical animal statues that can be found throughout the garden. Visible in all sizes, shapes and colors, some are more than 100 years old. You’ll also find an entire garden area dedicated to the art of topiary. Learn how the pros train plants, shrubs and trees into shapes while marveling at more than 20 examples including a 20-foot-high wedding cake topiary.