Gorgeous gardens are something that we all love, but we don’t all have green fingers, or the time to create something that could be considered a work of art. Fortunately there are those who do have green fingers and a lot of time on their hands, and they’ve created the most spectacular gardens in all corners of the globe.
Take a look at some of the top ones that we’d love to have a wander through…
The Desert Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, is a very special place indeed, mainly because its environment is very desert-like and dry landscape. This is however exactly where its magic lies. In this space you will get to see plants that are accustomed to arid areas. It is spread out over 140 acres and in it you will find more than 21 000 different plants, mainly from the deserts of South-western North America.
None other than the French impressionist himself designed this amazing outdoor space. It’s a beautiful display of colours and fragrances, and is situated in Giverny in Northern France, where Monet lived. What makes visiting Claude Monet’s garden a truly unique experience is that it is divided into two parts – a plant garden to the one side, and a water one to the other. The water is naturally flowing, as Monet had diverted a river near his house in order for a large pond to be formed.
Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto
If your love for beautiful places includes true Italian culture and sculptured art, then look no further than the Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto in Piedmont, Italy. This botanical garden is situated in Northwest Italy and is home to more than 2000 different plant species. Water features, ponds and Italian sculptures complete this picture-perfect scene, and it sounds like the ideal setting in which to kick back, relax and maybe play a few online pokies while you soak up the sights and sounds.
Royal Botanic Gardens
No ode to gardens would be complete without a touch of royal. The Royal Botanic Gardens is located in, you guessed it, Kew, London. 326 Acres of land is home to more than 50000 different species of plants! It is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and was originally designed by Princess Augusta in 1759, who was the mother of King George III.
It’s not hard to tell that Princess Augusta must have had a keen passion for things of great beauty, and what better way for this to manifest than in a landscape filled with flowers, trees and rolling lawns.
Ji Chang garden is a masterpiece for the very fact that it is an optical illusion to really contend with! It is also known as the garden of ecstasy and it appears to be much bigger than what it really is. A complete restoration was completed during the 19th Century, and it will in all probability remain open for appreciation for many more generations to come. Ji Chang is situated in the Jiangsu Province in China.
The Japanese are famous for their gardening skills, especially when it comes to those that are unique and outside of the norm. Kenroku-en Garden is no exception, and this beautiful landscaping masterpiece is located in Ishikawa, Japan. Kenroku-en is one of Japan’s Three Great Gardens and spans all of 11.4 hectares of breath taking scenery. What makes it all the more special and definitely a must-see on any bucket list is what it transforms into during Cherry Blossom season during the Japanese Spring season.
Situated in Marrakech, Morocco, Majorelle Garden is complimented perfectly by cobalt blue accents. It is well known the world over and is also an artist’s landscape dream. It was created by Jacques Majorelle in the 1920’s. Majorelle was, quite naturally, a painter and an artist. The outdoor space is a popular tourist attraction in Morocco and has been named one of the 50 most beautiful in the world. What’s more, it is home to the Islamic Art Museum. Many of Majorelle’s paintings can be viewed at the museum, as well as various fine textiles, jewellery and ceramics.