There’s nothing like strolling through a beautiful garden on a warm sunny day; whether it’s your own back garden or a larger tourist attraction. Gardens come in all shapes and sizes; from a precisely designed Japanese Zen garden, to a wild meadow full of flowers, but they all offer a tranquil space to sit and collect our thoughts for an afternoon. Even if you’re not a keen gardener yourself, there’s much enjoyment to be had from visiting a well cultivated garden, and there are plenty to be found around the world. With this in mind, see our list below for just five of the most beautiful gardens to be found across the globe.
Gardens of Versailles, France
The accompanying garden to the Palace of Versailles covers an impressive 2,000 acres of land, and most of it is designed in a classical French style. Symmetry and order are prominent features, with manicured lawns, sculptures and fountains (dating back to the time of Louis XIV) all playing a big part. The garden was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979; making it one of only 31 such sites across all of France.
Kew Gardens, London
London’s Kew Gardens is famous for housing the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, but there’s plenty of other delights to see, including over 50,000 species of plants (including rare and threatened species), a bamboo garden, and the Prince of Wales conservatory; which is home to plants from ten different climate zones.
The Netherlands is famous for its tulips, and there’s no better place to see them than this garden in Lisse. Around seven million spring flowering bulbs are planted each year, with flowers including tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths. Over one million people visit the garden each year between late March and late May, when the flowers can be seen in all their glory.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanic Garden, Thailand
This garden functions as both a popular tourist attraction and a research centre dedicated to studying the seed plants, cycads. The 600 acres of garden contains over 650 species of native plants, including dedicated cactus and succulent gardens, orchids and many more tropical flowers and plants.
Imperial Palace East Gardens, Tokyo
Japan is known for its beautiful gardens, and the Imperial Palace East gardens are no exception. Crafted from part of the original castle compound, the gardens give visitors the chance to view the enormous stones which once made up the castle walls, and climb the ruins of one of the main keeps. The gardens have many more delights, including woodland areas, a pond, tea house, cherry blossom and even a museum featuring over 9,500 artworks owned by the imperial family.
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