What You'll Get
Because plants have long been jealous of our ability to live indoors, they attempt to infiltrate our finest mansions and universities by slowly climbing stony facades. Visit a place built specifically to contain these floral strivers with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a family membership to Botanica, The Wichita Gardens (up to a $55 value).
Botanica's 9.5-acre plant paradise is divided into more than 20 meticulously designed gardens, including a rose garden for contemplating roses and a wildflower meadow for frolicking in wildflowers. More than 3,600 species of plants are artfully arranged around calming streams, flowing waterfalls, and sculptures. Stop by the sensory garden to touch, smell, and telepathically understand plants' thoughts about hot dogs. A retreat to an urban garden can help soothe one’s sensibilities and wash away haunting memories of cubical confinement. Consult Botanica's bloom schedule to plan a trip to view your favored flora.
Like living above a candy factory and below a dentist, membership to Botanica has its benefits. A tax-deductible family membership includes unlimited admission for two adults in the same household, as well as any children and grandchildren under age 21 (admission normally $3–$7). The membership package includes two personalized membership cards; two one-day guest passes; reduced rates on classes and workshops; and free or discounted admission to more than 200 reciprocal gardens, arboreta, and conservatories nationwide. Members also receive exclusive event invitations, a 10% discount at The Gift Garden, and a limited-edition Botanica poster that alerts wall-gazers to your preferred horticultural establishment.
Five Yahoo! Travelers give Botanica, The Wichita Gardens an average of five stars. Six TripAdvisors rate it an average of 4.5 owl eyes, and four Yelpers agree, giving it a 4.5-star average. Three Judy's Book reviewers give it a four-star average:
- What a peaceful, relaxing way to spend a few hours/an afternoon. The gardens are immaculately maintained and a joy to stroll in. – Gill68, TripAdvisor
- A huge facility with many differently themed gardens. It's incredibly beautiful and a great place to spend a lazy afternoon, especially a romantic one! – Drewseph, Drewbird, Drewbie, Drewsy, etc., Yahoo! Travel
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per household, may buy multiple as gifts. Must activate membership by 6/1/2011, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.