This spring season has been packed with rain all over Texas, making the flowers bloom bigger and more beautiful than ever. One of the best places to enjoy all of the newly bloomed nature is at the Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, Texas. For the most magical experience in one of the best gardens in the state, you need to stop by on your next free weekend.

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens are filled with different parks, buildings, greenhouses, ponds, gardens, and more. They have the most incredible Hanging Garden that overflows with blooming flowers throughout the season, along with the very zen Pool of the Blue Moon, which has a stunning, quiet gazebo in the center of a bright blue pond. There are tons of indoor gardens and outdoor mazes that are open for all guests to explore.

The gardens are also proud of their peaceful sculpture gardens and expertly crafted viewing rooms and art displays. The Shangri La Botanical Gardens is a perfect combination of natural beauty and manmade masterpieces.

The founder of the gardens, H. J. Lutcher Stark, wanted to bring to life his own sanctuary of beauty where "time would stand still". He created the gardens in 1937 and by 1950 it was a booming tourist spot that brought in people from all over. This lasted until a deep freeze destroyed his gardens and it didn't reopen for another 50 years! Now the Botanical Gardens are back to their stunning beauty and is now expanded to be even bigger and better than before.

For a perfect day of strolling through beautiful gardens, hearing the birds sing, and enjoying the warm Texas spring weather, you need to check this place out.

Entry to the gardens is now free of charge for everyone and they are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. 

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens are located at 2111 W Park Ave, Orange, Texas 77630. You can visit their website for more information here!

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