Let It Grow Organic Garden's Guide to Major Botanical Gardens Part 325
Visitors to the southern Appalachian hamlet of Hot Springs will not want to miss the gardens on the spa grounds. Set amidst the ruins of a nineteenth century resort, the Spa Gardens presents a wide array of second growth opportunistic species. The poplar saplings and the tree of heaven are just the start of this tastefully presented expanse. Late September highlights the goldenrod and the ironweed, charmingly planted behind the mullein border. The sumac display is also not to be missed as autumn approaches. This garden features a greater array of opportunistic invasives than most road cuts, and many abandoned parking lots. The paulownia stand tall and proud over this truly memorable garden. It is not to be missed.