Anyone who takes pride in their garden, however large or small, knows it takes dedication, hard work and a little bit of luck to create a scene of beauty. Here we take a look at some of the most breathtaking gardens on our planet.
Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, USA
Spread over more than 1,000 acres, Longwood Gardens has both indoor and outdoor displays. Flower Garden Walk is one of its most iconic spaces, where a brick-paved path winds its way through a kaleidoscope of colourful flowers.
Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Canada
This incredible floral garden was created more than a century ago, when Jennie Butchart turned an abandoned quarry into what is now the Sunken Garden – a dramatic display of flowering trees, annual plants and shrubs. Further gardens were added over the years, and today they remain under the ownership of the Butchart family.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
Often described as the most beautiful garden in Africa, Kirstenbosch is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. Established to promote and conserve the indigenous flora of southern Africa, it contains more than 7,000 different plants and includes a fragrance garden, a medicinal garden and more.
Lankester Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica
Established by Briton Charles Lankester West, the collection of almost 1,000 varieties of orchid steal the show at this garden in Costa Rica. You’ll also see cacti, palms, conifers and bamboos, and if you’re lucky, maybe a hummingbird – they are attracted to the flowers in the butterfly enclosure.
Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens, Cuba
Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens were established in 1901 by a US sugar baron who planned to use the area to study different types of sugarcane. Today they are home to around 2,000 tropical species, including bamboos, palms and orchids.
Peradeniyia Royal Botanical Gardens, Sri Lanka
Once upon a time, you had to be a member of royalty to admire the largest botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. Today, everyone’s invited in to see highlights including an avenue of royal palms, a Burma bamboo which can grow to 40 metres high, and a giant Javan fig tree.
Himeji Castle Gardens, Japan
Constructed relatively recently in 1992, this Japanese-style garden features nine separate walled areas, including a bamboo garden and a flower garden. There’s even a tea garden where you can enjoy a cup of refreshing green tea.
Madeira Botanical Garden, Funchal, Madeira
Often described as ‘the garden island’, Madeira is a lush and fertile land. At the Madeira Botanical Garden, more than 2,000 exotic plants vie for your attention, with everything from rare orchids to palms, ferns and cacti on display.
Claude Monet Gardens, Giverny, France
Claude Monet once said ‘my garden is my most beautiful masterpiece’ and you can admire it in the pretty riverside village of Giverny. Monet settled here in 1883, and as you wander around his garden you’ll see the famous Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and weeping willows captured in so many of his works.
Villa Melzi Gardens, Bellagio, Italy
The gardens of the elegant 19th century Villa Melzi are planted with exotic trees, azaleas and rhododendrons, interspersed with sculptures and statues. There’s also a beautiful Japanese- style pond surrounded by Japanese maple and cedar trees.