The World’s Most Magnificent Gardens

Published on : Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Gardens can be regarded as one of nature’s best creations. It stands as the personal canvas of the universe colored with a palette of natural green trees and vibrant blooming flowers. The world is home to numerous such gardens that also serve as one of the most popular places of tourist interest today. Besides attracting tourists, some gardens also act as important places of conservation of the flora and fauna. Read on this article, to know about some of the  most magnificent gardens in the world.


CLAUDE MONET’S GARDEN (GIVERNY, FRANCE)

Considered to be one of the finest gardens in the world, Claude Monet’s Garden is located in the Giverne commune of France. Designed by the renowned French impressionist painter Claude Monet, nature has created its own colorful canvas in the garden with the natural trees and flowers. The garden is divided into two parts, a flower garden known as Clos Normand and a Japanese-style water garden. The vibrant garden with its climbing roses, water lilies, wisteria, pond and bridges also inspired many of Monet’s famous paintings.


KEUKENHOF GARDENS (LISSE, NETHERLANDS)

Another most popular garden, the Keukenhof Gardens, is also one of the largest flower gardens in the world. Also known as “The Garden of Europe,” the venue is home to numerous tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and lilies. Opened back in 1950, the park covers an area of 31 hectares. Each year nearly 7 million tulip bulbs are planted in the garden. The garden is mostly open during March-May every year as it is the best time to see the flowers in full bloom. The garden also has many sculptures and artwork and also hosts the world’s largest lily show.


VILLA D’ESTE (TIVOLI, ITALY)

One of the most unique gardens in the world, the Villa D’Este gardens is situated within the 16th century mansion Villa D’Este near the Tivoli. The garden is the ideal example of Italian Renaissance and has been marked as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden is home to nearly 500 fountains of which runs on gravity. The most popular landmark of the garden is The Organ Fountain, a fountain-turned-water device that produces trumpet like music and plays Renaissance music. The terraced garden also features baroque-style architecture with sculptures accompanying every water body.


NONG NOOCH TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN (PATTAYA, THAILAND)

One of the most popular gardens in Asia, the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is situated in Pattaya, Thailand. The garden spreads across 500 acres of land and is one of the major tourist attractions in the country. It features the largest number of flowering plants in the country with more than 600 local species including palms, bonsais, orchids, ferns, cactuses among others. The garden also boasts the largest variety of palm trees and is home to the endangered cycad plants. In fact, the garden has its own Cycad Gene Bank and acts a major scientific centre dedicated to cycads conservations. The garden also works as a theme park and allows visitors to enjoy bicycle rides, elephant rides and even boat paddling.


KEW ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS (LONDON, UK)

Stretching across 326 acres of land, the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens is located in Southwest London. It is believed that the garden as the largest mycological and botanical collection in the world. Established back in 1840, the garden is home to nearly 50,000 species of living plants as well as seeds and fungi. It consists of a herbarium with more than 8 million preserved plant and fungi specimens, which is also one of the largest in the world. In addition to the plants, the garden also has Victorian glasshouses, art galleries and several climatic zones.


LE JARDIN MAJORELLE (MARRAKECH, MOROCCO)

Known as one of the top tourist destinations in Morocco, the Le Jardin Marjorelle garden is nothing short of art. Curated by French painter Jacques Majorelle, the garden was created over a span of 40 years. The garden has been named after the deep cobalt blue colors of its buildings, known as “Majorelle Blue.” Besides the striking blue architecture, the garden also comprises of palms, cacti, fountains as well as a Berber Museum. Around 1980, the garden was bought and renovated by French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Hence it is also known as the Yves Saint Laurent Garden.  


BUTCHART GARDENS (CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Marked as the National Historic Site of Canada, the Butchart Gardens is located in Brentwood Bay of British Columbia. Home to nearly 900 species of plants, part of the garden used to be a limestone quarry. The garden was created in 1912 by Jenny Butchart fill an abandoned pit. It is now recognised as one of the most popular gardens in the world. The garden is divided into a rose garden, an Italian garden and a Japanese garden. It consists of an Italian pond filled with flowers, Japanese maples and more than 2500 rose bushes.


KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS (CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA)

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is regarded as one of the top botanical gardens in the world. Situated at the base of Table Mountain in Cape Town, the garden spreads across 1,300 acres of land. The garden highlights the conservation of a large variety of South African flora and consists of a large conservatory savanna, karoo, fynbos and more than 7000 species of Protea flowers. It is also famous of the Tree Canopy Walkway, a raise bridge placed atop the treetops.

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