During the winter season, a different kind of color lights up botanical gardens across the United States. Instead of spring flowers, visitors find twinkling holiday lights, often accompanied by a range of other holiday activities and events. 

The final results are in. America voted and ALL 10 of this year's USA TODAY’s 2018 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards are fellow members of the Association. 

The top 10 winners in the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights category are as follows: 

  1. A Longwood Christmas – Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square, Penn.
  2. Million Bulb Walk/Dominion Energy Garden of Lights – Norfolk Botanical Garden – Norfolk, Va.
  3. Gardens Aglow – Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – Boothbay, Maine
  4. Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Richmond, Va.
  5. Garden Lights – Atlanta Botanical Garden – Atlanta
  6. Illuminations – Botanica – Wichita, Kan.
  7. Fantasy in Lights – Callaway Gardens – Pine Mountain, Ga
  8. River of Lights – ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden – Albuquerque
  9. Magic Christmas in Lights – Bellingrath Gardens – Theodore, Ala.
  10. Nights of a Thousand Candles – Brookgreen Gardens – Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Congratulations to all those listed as well as our other members on spreading light and joy throughout the winter season!