Whether you’re seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city lifeor just want someplace quiet to think, gardens provide an oasis of tranquility. Beautiful weather, seasonally themed events, and one-of-a-kind plant exhibits are only a few reasons why summer is the perfect time to visit a botanical garden. Walking through a beautiful garden is undoubtedly a special feeling. You will lose yourself in the beauty of nature when you care surrounded by flowers.
1. Keukenhof Gardens – The Netherlands
An unprecedented wealth of spectacular floral displays planted in endless varieties, alternated with beautiful works of art. Keukenhof is unique, world famous and has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands. The garden is home to 7 million tulips, which includes special hybrids that have been or are being developed. In fact, Keukenhof’s pride and joy is the truly awe-inspiring Russian black tulip Baba Yaga.
2. Gardens Of Versailles, France
Probably the world’s most famous garden, it was built for Louis XIV and designed by Andre Le Notre. The laying out of the gardens required enormous work. Vast amounts of earth had to be shifted to lay out the flower beds, the Orangerie, the fountains and the Canal, where previously only woods, grasslands and marshes were. The earth was transported in wheelbarrows, the trees were conveyed by cart from all the provinces of France and thousands of men, sometimes whole regiments, took part in this vast enterprise.
3. Ryōan-ji Garden in Kyoto
Ryoan-ji Temple – Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto is famous for its Zen garden. Ryoan-ji Temple is considered to be one of the most notable examples of the “dry-landscape” style. Some say Ryoan-ji Temple garden is the quintessence of Zen art, and perhaps the single greatest masterpiece of Japanese culture. This Japanese temple is surrounded by low walls, an austere arrangement of fifteen rocks sits on a bed of white gravel. No one knows who laid out this simple garden, or precisely when, but it is today as it was yesterday, and tomorrow it will be as it is today. Behind the simple temple that overlooks the rock garden is a stone washbasin called Tsukubai said to have been contributed by Tokugawa Mitsukuni in the 17th century. It bears a simple but profound four-character inscription: “I learn only to be contented.”
4. Biltmore House & Gardens in the USA
Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room Chateau, Biltmore, is American’s largest home. It is situated on an incredible 8,000 acres and features 2.5 miles of paths through formal and informal gardens. Biltmore’s horticultural experts continually work to preserve the original vision for the gardens and grounds, including a Rose Garden that features more than 250 varieties.
5. Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto, Piedmont, Italy
This beautiful garden located in Southwest Italy is a large garden spread over 16 hectares of land. It is one of the largest gardens in Europe and has over twenty thousand plant varieties of over one thousand species. Like French gardens, this garden too has many beautiful fountains, canals, statues and waterfalls that add to the visual appeal. It has many flowering plants that bloom in different seasons and according to the time of your visit, the look of this garden changes completely. There are long walkways built across the garden to let visitors stroll through the flower beds.
6. Kenrokuen, Kanazawa, Japan
In designing their works, Japanese gardeners seek to create an ideal landscape within a particular space. Kenrokuen in Kanazawa is considered to be one of the finest examples of Japanese gardens, built over the course of 200 years starting in the mid-17th century. In fact, it is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, along with Korakuen in Okayama and Kairakuen in Mito.
7. Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
The 1077 acres Longwood gardens located in Pennsylvania of U.S displays 40 magnificent gardens and 4.5 acres of greenhouses. This enormous garden is home to 11000 different types of plants and trees. The 86 acre meadow garden is the most beautiful attraction in the Longwood gardens. The well maintained walking trails in the Longwood gardens stretch over 3 miles. There are also a number of water resources in the garden. This botanical garden also protect many animals including deer, beavers, butterflies and birds. The huge conservatory in this botanical garden houses 20 indoor gardens. This conservatory spread across a vast area of 4.5 acres. It protects 5500 different types of plants. You can see lots of beautiful flowers inside the conservatory including summer roses, ferns, bonsai, cacti, bromeliads and ferns. The seasonal exhibitions and performing arts in Longwood gardens surely becomes an unforgettable experience for you. As the flowers are season specific each exhibition offers a different kind of experience for you. During summer season you can also enjoy fountain shows, music concert and firework displays.
8. Dubai Miracle Garden in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Miracle Garden, which features 60 varieties of flowers, bills itself as the world’s largest natural flower garden. Spanning about 18 acres, the garden attracts more than one million people each year,according to CNN. Its vibrant floral displays — which have included a life-size Emirates Airbus A380 — change seasonally, so there’s always something new to see.
9. Villa d’Este in Italy
Situated on Lake Como, the Villa d’Este mansions and gardens are also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being a fine example of Renaissance architecture and Italian Renaissance gardens. Villa d’Este’s innovative design, along with the architectural components in the garden, make it a unique example of an Italian 16th-century Renaissance garden.
10. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Pattaya, Thailand
From animal sculptures to topiary trees— not to mention a miniature replica of Stonehenge – Nong Nooch delivers culture with a side of quirk. After you’ve explored the garden’s funky displays, you can watch a traditional Thai dance performance or martial arts demonstration.
11. Kew Gardens in London
Kew Gardens is the world’s largest collection of living plants. Founded in 1840, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens.
Not only is Kew listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of London’s top tourist attractions.
12. Stourhead House and Garden in England
Opened in 1740, Stourhead features an impressive 1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) estate. Commonly referred to as a “living work of art,” the world-famous landscape garden is centered around a beautiful lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottos, and rare and exotic trees.