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The Most Instagrammable Garden In The US Is Minutes From Wilmington

New research conducted by gardening website Urban Garden Gal has found that Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania is the most instagrammable garden in the USA.

The picturesque garden topped the list with an impressive 296,000 posts on Instagram.

“This list highlights the best gardens across the country and it’s fascinating to see which gardens are the most popular on Instagram” said Kelly Martin, founder of Urban Garden Gal.

“Longwood Gardens is a true gem, and its ranking as the most Instagrammable garden in the USA is well-deserved.

The combination of its diverse plant collections, numerous fountains and stunning seasonal displays provides endless opportunities for capturing visually stunning images to share on social media.”

Coming in second, Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York with 166,100 posts. The popular garden is situated in the heart of Brooklyn and features a stunning Cherry Esplanade that comes alive with pink blooms each spring. Some of the other must-see themed gardens include the serene Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and the colorful Cranford Rose Garden.

In third place is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Texas  with 117,000 posts. This beautiful garden is set on 66 acres and boasts a stunning collection of 21 different themed gardens, including the famous Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Visitors can also enjoy the garden’s seasonal festivals and exhibits.

The study analyzed the number of Instagram hashtags for the most visited gardens in the country.

Here are the 10 most Instagrammed gardens in the United States:

  1. Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania – 296,000 posts
  2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York – 166,100 posts
  3. Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Texas – 117,000 posts
  4. Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois – 104,300 posts
  5. Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado – 97,800 posts
  6. Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia – 87,200 posts
  7. Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona – 78,800 posts
  8. New York Botanical Garden, New York – 63,400 posts
  9. Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri – 42,900 posts
  10. Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon – 39,500 posts

The purpose of the survey was to inspire people to explore and appreciate the beauty of botanical gardens across the USA.

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Top 10 New Jersey Maryland and Delaware Beaches

It’s the Summer of 2023 and we can’t wait for our summer kickoff this Friday May 26th at The Lighthouse in Dewey Beach!

Probably like you, I’m a big fan of our regions beaches! I grew up at the New Jersey shore and spent many years hitting all the beach towns of Atlantic and Cape May County. Since those days I’ve added the Delaware beaches and the beaches of Maryland to our families list of regular visits.

When my kids were young, we were day trippers to Strathmere NJ, one of the few free beaches in the Garden State. We also took too many to count family camping trips to Assateague Island National Seashore just south of Ocean City MD.

Now that my wife and I are empty nesters, we enjoy the Delaware beaches. We are looking forward to enjoying time in Lewes, Cape Henlopen, Rehoboth and Dewey this summer!

I wanted to know what beaches YOU (our WJBR listeners) love! So, I put the question up on our Facebook page asking for your favorite beaches in our WJBR listening area of Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland.

Here are the Top 10 New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware Beaches Picked By JBR Listeners

  • 10. Dewey Beach, DE
    Other than the white sandy beaches, Dewey is Delaware’s party town! With great places like The Rusty Rudder, The Lighthouse and the Starboard, you are guaranteed a great time, and a great orange crush!

  • 9. Sea Isle City, NJ

    How fitting is it that this Jersey shore town appears on this list next to Dewey.  Sea Isle is Cape May County’s party town!  (Well so is Wildwood and North Wildwood)  Sea Isle is known for great off season events too, like February’s Polar Bear Plunge.

  • 8. Lewes, DE

    Historic and a bit quieter than other Delaware beaches, Lewes offers historic charm, great restaurants, a fun ferry ride and a nice bike trail to Cape Henlopen State Park

  • 7. Cape May, NJ

    Just a ferry ride over from our number 8 beach is Cape May New Jersey!  Victorian for sure, but wide sandy beaches, great restaurants and bars, and you can ride your bike to awesome wineries, distilleries and breweries!

  • 6. Wildwood Crest, NJ

    Of the 3 Wildwood towns, the crest is the quietest and great for families!

  • 5. Bethany Beach, DE

    Like Lewes, Bethany is also charming and quiet, compared to other Delaware beach towns.  The town has a boardwalk, great shops and restaurants and a bandstand with live music all summer long!

  • 4. Wildwood, NJ

    Wide beaches and one of the best boardwalks in the USA!  And a cool mid century motel scene!  Oh those Wildwood Days!

  • 3. Rehoboth Beach, DE

    I was surprised that Rehoboth came in as our listeners number 3 pick.   It’s Delaware’s largest beach resort home of an iconic boardwalk, a bandstand with fun music all summer, and countless fun shops and restaurants!  Rehoboth never disappoints!

  • 2. Ocean City, MD

    Like Wildwood NJ, Ocean City, MD has wide beaches and a very long boardwalk with amazing amusements and the best boardwalk food!  (No trip complete without Thrashers fries!)   While visiting, you must include a trip to Assateague Island just south of Ocean City, and visit with the wild horses.

  • 1. Ocean City, NJ

    I must tell you, Ocean City NJ at number 1 surprised me!  Since we are a Delaware radio station, I thought our listeners would include Rehoboth or Dewey at number 1…but Ocean City  NJ has topped our list of best beaches in Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland.  Maybe because many of our listeners have families?   Ocean City prides itself as America’s Greatest Family Resort.  While the beaches are not the widest, the town more than makes up for that with it’s appeal to young families and boardwalk with the best pizza, fudge, ice cream and caramel popcorn!  Special mention to the town just south of Ocean City, Strathmere with free wide open beaches, a great boating scene and the best bayside restaurants!

    Summer Beach Party Kickoff