Botanical Gardens – 4 of the World’s Most Beautiful
Botanical gardens have much more to offer than peaceful views and blooming flowers. Through their vast collections of native flora and dedication to the preservation of their extraordinary landscapes, these verdant spaces frequently extol a location’s history and culture.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature while traveling or get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, these are the most beautiful gardens in the world that you really should see at least once in your life.
The National Botanical Garden in Pamplemousses, Mauritius
Officially known as Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden, this lush wonder is situated in Pamplemousse and is the oldest of the botanical gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. Its origins go back to 1735, when the French Governor of Mauritius at the time, François Mahé de Labourdonnais, first established a private garden. Since then, this garden has grown to be the home of over 650 different plant varieties and 86 different palm tree varieties from around the world. A truly veritable paradise of flora for your to explore.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens
With the moniker “City in a Garden,” it’s no surprise that Singapore has an impressive collection of gardens and parks scattered throughout its innovative architecture and skyscrapers. The Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s most famous greenspace, boasts an impressive collection of floral brilliance that is spread across 60 acres for you to traverse and sample its magnificent beauty.
The concept of a national garden for Singapore was first established back in 1822, when Sir Stamford Raffels established an “experimental garden” at Fort Canning. The garden grew over the centuries, encircling the city and developing a one-of-a-kind collection of tropical vegetation.
Kenroku-en Garden in Kanazawa, Japan
Kenroku-en, one of Japan’s “Three Great Gardens,” reflects harmony with nature in its simple yet intricately planned landscapes. The Maeda clan began construction on this serene wonder in the middle of the 17th century and continued for nearly 200 years.
Kenroku-en literally translates to “Garden of the Six Sublimities,” alluding to the six essential characteristics of a perfect garden in Chinese landscape theory: artifice, seclusion, panorama, antiquity, waterways, and spaciousness. The garden’s charming ponds, quaint tea and rest houses, and islands of native flora will help you to both appreciate nature’s wonder and uncover much of the botanical garden’s history.
Keukenhof in Lisse, Netherlands
This landmark of South Holland contains an incredible 7 million flower bulbs planted across 79 acres of land. This is what makes it the world’s largest flower garden so prepare for quite a journey before you set off to take in this impressive scenery. Before Keukenhof Castle was built in 1649, the grounds were a fruit and vegetable garden for Teylingen Castle’s kitchen. A group of leading flower growers created a spring-flowering exhibit in 1949, laying the groundwork for the tulip gardens and spring park.