I love the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and I have vowed to go there much more often this year. It is free to get in and you can't beat that with a stick! These pics were taken about 2 weeks ago and pretty much only the tulips and the daffodils and poppies were blooming. I'll go back again the next time I have a day off and the weather cooperates to see what has bloomed since then.The Gardens has a great bamboo forest the has a trail through the middle. It was shady and cool and the bamboo made great little clacking noises in the breeze. I could have been very happy there with a camp chair and book.
If the city where you live has a botanical park of some kind, make a visit (many visits!) this year and be sure to support them by purchasing something from their giftshop if you can!