Tis the season for traveling! Everyone is getting their suitcases packed, taking a look at hotels and nearby events or festivals. Or maybe you are just looking for a little R&R from the hustle and bustle of your day job and can’t wait to sip a Pina’ Colada at the beach. However, for the garden enthusiast’s, one of the best sites to see on their vacation is a beautifully designed, well-treated garden.
To that end, here are 10 places that have the best gardens in the world.
Kenrokuen, Kanazawa Japan
Kenrokuen is located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan. It is said to be one of the 3 great gardens of Japan. The grounds are open all year round except for the Dec. 29th – January 3rd. This garden is famous for being beautiful in all seasons. Kanazawa is an old castle city famous for its rich history and culture – probably why their gardens are so awe-inspiring!
Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands
The most beautiful spring garden you will ever find is in Lisse, Netherlands. Over 7 million bulbs will bloom each spring. There are no words or pictures that does this garden justice; you simply must travel to the Netherlands to take it in for yourself. You can buy a ticket for admission on Tripadvisor.com. So the next time you’re in Amsterdam doesn’t miss out on seeing Keukenhof, a floral paradise.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden / Pattaya, Thailand
Take an elephant ride around this colorful, enchanted garden touring the gorgeous plants and flowers it has to offer. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a 500-acre garden that can be reached by bus, taxi or private land transportation. It is also a major scientific center dedicated to cycads (seed plants), with its own Cycad Gene Bank.
Gardens of Versailles / Versailles, France
The movie “A Little Chaos”, showcased how hard the gardeners worked to put together one of the largest, well known elegant gardens in the world. However, there is nothing is like seeing this vision of perfection in person. Situated in the west palace this royal garden covers 800 acres of land, much of which is designed in the style of a French formal garden. Next time you’re in France, say “Oui” to seeing this magnificent landscape.
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom
Kew Gardens is a botanic garden in southwest London that houses some of the largest and diverse botanical and mycological collections of plants in the world. It has over 8.5 million preserved plant and fungal specimens. The gardens are one of London’s top tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kew Gardens is open every day from 10 am until 6 pm from the end of March until the end of October.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, New York
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is set in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. It’s located in Mount Prospect Park, right next to the Brooklyn Museum. In this garden, you’ll find many treasures, but if you come at just the right time, you might find yourself in the middle of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco
The Majorelle Garden is a 2.5 acre botanical garden. It was created by the French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle over forty years ago and features a Cubist villa designed by a French architect by the name of Paul Sinoir. Once you walk into this artistic space you won’t be able to take your eyes off the beautiful tile display along with the plants, containers and water features. The vibrant blue color of the structures stands out amongst the greenery – this is what we call a picture-perfect scenery.
Kirstenbosh National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa
Kirstenbosch is an important botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The garden is one of the ten National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. Beside the wild turkeys and the beautiful birds, you will see flowers and plants like no others. Enjoy the beautiful sites of the mountains and enjoy all that South Africa has to offer.
Villa d’Esta, Tivoli, Italy
The Villa d’esta is a must-see if you’re in Rome. A lot of people consider this a hidden gem since it is located about 20 miles outside of Rome. Not only will you enjoy the historic charm and culture of Rome but the gorgeous water fountains will help to cool you down on a hot summer day. For just a few Euros you can visit this beautiful villa and actually fall head over heals in love with this garden. “ Amour! Amour!.”
Longwood Gardens is an American botanical garden that consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. You can visit the garden 365 days a year, but the best times to visit are either mid-April through mid-October or during the holiday season. In fact, Longwood has a festival of fountains that displays colorful illuminated fountain performances. Created by the Dupont Family, the garden also contains an unusual collection of antiquities that we have created replicas of for our Longwood Collection of Planters.
So now that you know where the best gardens are around the world, what are you waiting for? Go out and discover all that the world has to offer in the name of beautiful gardens and magical destinations. Don’t forget to take pictures! Safe travels.