31
October
2011

1. Keukenhof, NetherlandsKeukenhof, Netherlands
The world's largest garden, the Kitchen Garden or the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is the ultimate destination for flower lovers. This garden heaven is situated in the small town of Lisse, nearby Amsterdam. It has more than 7 million flower bulbs which bloom in all kinds of colour shades including rare species such as the black tulip "Baba Yaga”. Keukenhof was a part of royal castle, and then in the 19th century it was reconstructed as a ground place for growers to show their hybrid plants. Experience the magic of blooming flowers or visit many of the events hosted in this marvellous place!


2. Butchart Gardens, Canada Butchard Gardens, Canada
Imagine more than 50 acres of land covered with more than 700 plants that will undoubtedly take your breath away! Butchart Gardens served as quarry but was then turned into fabulous and colourful palette of beautiful and magical flowers, bushes and trees. Butchart Gardens are located in Victoria on Vancouver Island. The garden will fascinate you at any time of the year but it is best to visit it between March and October so that you can go deep into this flowery paradise!


3. Mirabell Gardens, Austria Mirabell Gardens, Austria
The Mirabell Gardens are part of the historic palace Mirabell, located in Salzburg. The gardens were constructed in the 17th century in Baroque style similar to Italian and French gardens of that period. Arranged geometrically and mythologically themed, Mirabell Gardens is the place you imagine the closing scene of a romantic Hollywood movie. Fountains, allies, sculptures and stunning flowers create the incredible atmosphere of Mirabell Gardens!


4. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Thailand Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Thailand
One of the best things to see in Thailand, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden will offer you view that no other place can. There are more than 600 acres of various tropical species including the rare Cycads plants. A true exotic adventure into the wildlife full of colours, forms, shades and aromas that only Mother Nature can create! The garden complex is divided into several parts such as Butterfly Hill, Orchid Garden, Ant Tower and etc. To make your experience even more pleasant, there are a lot of attractions like elephant shows, martial arts and religious ceremonies. Enjoy the unforgettable taste of tropical paradise!


5. The Gardens of Versailles, FranceThe Gardens of Versailles, France
Constructed by the order of Louis XIV - the Sun King, the gardens of Versailles are an absolute piece of art, architecture and vast imagination. Majestic and royal the Versailles gardens take place in more than 200 acres covered with flowers, lakes, plant mazes and everything you can possibly imagine. The gardens even have canals in which the Sun King enjoyed gondola rides. You can just stare at the perfection of the gardens, or there are many allies to walk around and rejoice in. Feel the royal majesty of the Sun King at his own Gardens of Versailles!


6. Villa Lante Garden, Italy Villa Lante Garden, Italy
Undoubtedly Italian gardens that combine sculptures, water flowing fountains, bush mazes, grottoes (artificial caves) all structured in an art composition that will astonish you with its perfection! The Lante Garden, an example of Mannerism, late-Renaissance art movement, is located in the Villa Lante in central Italy, near the ancient city of Viterbo. The ascending terraces of the gardens will fascinate you with its fountains, beautifully arranged lamps, decorated with elegant flowers.  Stare at the spectacular view of Renaissance Villa Lante Garden!


7. Boboli Gardens, Italy Boboli Gardens, Italy
Part of the Pitti Palace, possessed by the great Medici family, the Boboli Gardens is the ultimate must-see place in Florence. Constructed in the 17th century and redesigned several times since, the Boboli Gardens are a marvellous example of the Italian taste and style. You will enjoy many fountains, mythological sculptures, artificial caves as well as amazing flowers and plant species. Don't forget to see the Egyptian obelisk, the statue of the bathing Venus and the Neptune. Once you set your foot in the gardens you will wonder which site is more breathtaking - the gardens itself or the view towards Florence!


8. Yuyuan Garden, China Yuyuan Garden, China
Yuyuan Garden is a pearl in the crown of Old City in Shanghai, China. The garden was constructed during the reign of the famous Ming Dynasty but has been destroyed and recovered many times since the 16th century. Traditional Chinese style and elegance are combined to create incredible atmosphere of dragon walls, ponds, zigzag bridges, garden areas and all kinds of flowers. You can contemplate the colourful view or juts look at the fish at the lakes or enjoy yourself while exploring one of the most spectacular gardens in world!


9. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South Africa Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South Africa
One of the most amazing places to visit while in Cape Town, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden has so much to show. Various flower species, including specific plants from the region are some of the things you will see walking around as the garden is located on the slope of Table Mountain. You can choose between different paths to indulge into this divine nature. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden was established in the 17th century by the Dutch colonies that gave the name and were keen to preserve the unique flora and fauna. Visiting this garden will guarantee you an experience of a lifetime!


10. Gardens at Marqueyssac, France Gardens at Marqueyssac, France
Last but not least, another jewel from the crown of Louis XIV - Gardens at Marqueyssac. The villa itself was built by his counselor but the garden was constructed by the same architect who made the gardens of Versailles. However, the garden took its present look in the mid-19th century when many of the boxwood, linen, cypress, Italian stone pine and cyclamens were planted. Now you can discover more than 150,000 boxwood trees which are cut into various shapes and are one of the main attractions of the garden. Walk around and take a deep breath because the gardens at Marqueyssac will take it away!



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