Most Breathtaking Gardens in the World
1. Butchart Gardens – Canada
Created in 1904, these gardens are visited by nearly a million people every year in Victoria, British Columbia. Over a million plants in approximately 900 varieties bloom constantly from March through October on 55 acres. A Japanese garden, an Italian garden and a rose garden have helped to make Butchart Gardens a popular tourist destination.
2. Garden of Cosmic Speculation – Scotland
Creator Charles Jencks designed this unique private garden encompassing 30 acres of Scotland. Science and mathematics provide the theme for 40 areas of focus including garde
ns, sculptures and bridges. Visitors can trek to the tiniest building blocks of matter on the Quark Walk or see fractal geometry amid various lakes and landforms.
3. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanic Garden – Thailand
This 600 acre site boasts 200 acres of gardens and contains an impressive cycad and palm collection, one of the world’s finest. Highlights include the European Renaissance garden, a Stonehenge feature and a 17th-century French garden. Over 670 native orchid species and hybrids are housed within the orchid nursery, the largest collection in Thailand.
4. Keukenhof – The Netherlands
Sometimes referred to as the Garden of Europe, the Keukenhof lies on 79 acres and is the largest flower garden in the world. Millions of spring flowering bulbs are planted by hand each year and the grounds include over 2500 trees in 87 varieties. As Netherland’s biggest sculpture park, the Keukenhof also houses its own collection of art.
5. Ryoan-ji – Japan
Presumed to originate from the late 1400’s, this Zen rock garden and World Heritage Site is located in Kyoto, Japan. Spanning 120 acres, the grounds include picturesque mountain backgrounds and verdant moss gardens. A large pond called Oshidori-ike contains two islands, the larger of the two with a bridge that leads to the Shrine of Benten, the Shinto goddess of good luck.
6. Yuyuan Garden – China
Dating to the Ming Dynasty, this garden in the middle of Shanghai’s Old City holds the distinction as Shanghai’s only totally restored Chinese garden. With over 40 attractions on 5 acres, intricate design elements include rock formations, small hills and meandering paths. Lotus ponds and stone bridges complete this beautiful garden.