Most botanical gardens are very accessible and welcoming to seekers of solitude. Benches are scattered throughout and you can sit down and gaze at the trees and plants and feel as if you could sit there forever. Such places can be appealing even in winter for walks. In any season, though, you have plenty of space for wandering through the wild gardens and cultivated landscapes. The Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont California and the Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, Texas are just two jewels among a multitude available. Find one near you and spend just a half hour there – it can often feel like you’ve had a mini-vacation.