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'USA Today' wants to know if Dallas Arboretum is best botanical garden in the country

The Dallas Arboretum is one of 20 green spaces up for "best botanical garden" in a nationwide poll from USA Today. The contest runs through March 28, and you can see who's winning at any time here.

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USA Today runs these polls all the time, though they're no less fun despite their regularity. (This go-round, a few of the other categories up for votes right now are best national park beach, best freshwater beach, best urban beach, best Mexico beach, best West Coat beach, best East Coach beach. No son of a beach; I looked.)

In a past USA Today poll, Big Tex was named "best quirky landmark" -- so Dallas folks have had some success already getting their favorite spots recognized.

The 66-acre gardens at the Dallas Arboretum, located on White Rock Lake, opened in 1984. A special fest called Dallas Blooms is taking place right now, where attendees can see more than half a million spring flowers, many tulips, on the sprawling grounds.

Should you think it's better than, say, the botanical gardens in Phoenix, Atlanta, St. Louis or a dozen other cities, vote here. Then do it again; rules say you can vote once a day until March 28.

Ana Pi-a, of Fort Worth, blows bubbles while walking in the Jonsson Color Garden with Danny...
Ana Pi-a, of Fort Worth, blows bubbles while walking in the Jonsson Color Garden with Danny Stepniewski, of Arlington, during the Dallas Blooms Festival at the Dallas Arboretum.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)
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