“An annual membership may be more affordable than you think, and it’s an opportunity to soak up nature’s happiness-boosting, stress-busting benefits as often as possible. An annual membership can offer a glimpse at how the gardens change throughout the seasons – even in the dead of winter. Many botanical gardens have spaces designed for year-round use, and cold weather can create a totally unexpected type of natural beauty. “After a snowstorm, the way the snow lies on the branches of the bare trees is just stunning,” says Eileen Prendergast, director of education at the Chicago Botanical Garden.”