Lush, manicured gardens with exquisite designs require a ton of upkeep. Those who care for the world's most extravagant gardens work hard to keep them in pristine condition, so that visitors may stroll through them and marvel at their beauty, organization and serene ambiance.
Some of these gardens are part of the grounds of vast estates. Others were designed solely to please the public...and to give people a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The gardens featured today come in many different styles. French and Italian gardens of renown tend to have an ornate feel, thanks to their trimmed hedges in elegant formations. Japanese Zen gardens are spare in terms of design. They inspire contemplation. Desert gardens showcase the hardiest plants, such as cacti, which store water in order to survive in the driest, hottest conditions.
The world's most extravagant gardens tend to reflect the style sensibilities, climates, and heritage of the countries that they are found in.
Few people are lucky enough to stroll through every garden on this list. If you manage to see one of two in your lifetime, you are lucky. Those who love gardening may want to add a few of these world-famous gardens to their bucket lists. Life is short and spending it out in nature, drinking in the fragrance of lilies and roses, won't be the worst way to spend your time.
25 Isola Bella (Lago Maggiore, Italy)
Lake Maggiore, Italy is rocky and small and the sumptuous Borremeo Villa occupies all of its space. This villa features an extravagant garden which utilizes the mountains and lake as gorgeous garden features.
If you love Italian-style gardening, you'll adore Isola Bella garden. Peaceful stretches of velvety-green grass are interspersed with pretty flower beds and lush flowering trees and shrubs. The Baroque villa in the background isn't too shabby, either.
Open from the 23rd of March to the 21st of October each year, from nine in the morning until five-thirty at night, this garden may be viewed for sixteen Euro (8.50 Euro for children).
24 Huntington Desert Garden (San Marino, California, U.S.A)
Sun-seekers may bask in golden rays while they meander through the Huntington Desert Garden, which is situated in San Marino, California, USA. This desert garden celebrates the beauty of succulents.
When you visit, you'll see the globe's oldest and biggest grouping of cacti and other varieties of succulents. This garden has been growing for almost a century. Its creator, William Hertrich, brought plants from a range of places (private residences, public parks, local nurseries and trips to Mexican and Southwestern deserts) in order to put together a display that now spans ten acres and includes over 2,000 species.
23 Asticou Azalea Garden (Northeast Harbor, Maine, United States)
This garden is found in Maine's Northeast Harbor region and it is similar in form to many Japanese stroll gardens. However, it was designed with the coastal Maine climate in mind. If you want to reflect in a serene environment, you'll love Asticou Azalea Garden. Its design gives it a sense of spaciousness. It's a wonderful place to drink in the beauty of distant horizons, mountains, and lakes, while surrounded by greenery and colorful blossoms.
Visit any day of the week from May to October, during the daylight hours.
22 Jardim Botânico de Curitiba (Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil)
This garden is found in Curitiba City, Brazil. It's the biggest landmark and tourist attraction in the city. Part of the Federal University of Parana is situated on the grounds.
Since 1991, tourists and local residents have been enjoying this beautiful garden's waterfalls, fountains, and lakes. The primary garden greenhouse measures four hundred and fifty-eight square meters. Inside of the main greenhouse, a dizzying array of tropical plants bloom in glorious abundance.
This park covers two hundred and forty thousand square meters. Its greenhouse features Art Nouveau architecture.
21 Villa Lante (Bagnaia, Italy)
Villa Lante is comprised of a couple of houses which are almost the same, but were constructed by different owners, thirty years apart. Each of the square buildings is flanked by exquisite grounds.
Villa Lante's gardens feature grottoes, cascades, and fountains, in addition to beautiful hedges, flowers, and pathways. The flow and beauty of water are a focal point of this exquisite Italian garden. An architect and hydraulics engineer named Tommaso Ghinucci created the garden's stellar water features, which are renowned for their impressive design and functionality.
20 Ryōan-ji Zen Garden (Kyoto, Japan)
Minimalism is often the most beautiful thing of all and this elegant, spare garden is a superb example of the visual power of minimalist garden design.
The garden, which is situated at Ryoan-Ji Temple, features fifteen stones. It's one of the world's premier rock gardens. The layout of the stones is intriguing and mysterious. It's impossible to see all of the rocks at one time. The symbolism of this garden is also a mystery, and this means that visitors may draw their own conclusions.
If you are fortunate enough to spend time in this garden, you may use your imagination as you contemplate the Zen beauty that is all around you.
19 Villa d’Este (Como, Italy)
Located on Via Regina, in Cernobbio, Italy, near scenic Lake Como, Villa D'Este, and its stunning garden is definitely a sight to behold. You may stay at Villa D'Este if you want to. It's a hotel with gorgeous, sixteenth-century architecture, as well as every imaginable amenity.
While you're there, be sure to stroll the Renaissance garden, which features a beautiful mosaic wall, as well as a statue of Hercules. Adorned with pergolas and passageways galore, this garden is also home to the Temple of Telemachus.
18 Yuyuan Garden (Shanghai, China)
This garden was designed during the Ming Dynasty. This means that it's been around for four centuries. It features gorgeous scenery and an inspiring layout.
Many people consider Yuyuan Garden to be one of Shanghai's key attractions, thanks to its graceful design and strong visual impact. The garden covers twenty thousand square meters. If you visit, give yourself a couple of hours to stroll through. It will take a little time to see everything, including ornate pavilions, decorative pools, zigzag-style bridges, archways, pagodas, and rockeries.
17 Drummond Castle (Perthshire, Scotland)
The garden at Scotland's stunning Drummond Castle is a remarkable example of traditional Scottish Renaissance design. Its layout and features give it a courtly appearance.
If you want to travel back in time, wandering through this garden, which was revamped during the early Victorian period, and renewed once more during the 20th century, will be a great way to get a taste of Scottish history.
Tamed hedges, stone sculptures, graceful topiary and roaming peacocks give this elegant garden so much richness, character, and dimension.
16 Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden (Chonburi Province, Thailand)
This impressive and large tropical botanical garden covers five hundred acres and it's situated in Chonburi Province, Thailand. One interesting fact about this splendid and world-famous garden is that it's also a big scientific hub, which is centered on cycads. Cycads are seed plants with extensive fossil histories.
When you visit the garden, which opened to the public in 1980, you'll be able to enjoy a range of garden divisions, including a rock garden, a European garden, and a French Garden.
15 Singapore Botanic Gardens (Singapore)
This lovely and serene garden has been around for one hundred and fifty-eight years. It's a tropical garden which is situated on the fringes of the city-state's shopping district, Orchard Road. This garden is the sole tropical garden to receive a World Heritage Site honor from UNESCO.
The grounds of this Singapore garden are sprawling, but it's right in the middle of the city, so it's easy for Singaporeans and tourists to get to. It features more than sixty thousand plants.
14 Rikugi-en Gardens (Bunkyō-ku, Japan)
There's something so soothing about traditional Japanese gardens. Their minimalist design makes them wonderful places to clear our minds as we breathe in fresh air. This garden is a city park in Toyko. Its name means, "garden of the 6 principles of poetry". The name and concept stem from the various elements in "waka" poetry.
This "strolling garden" was designed during the Edo period, which ran from 1603 to 1868. A Samurai named Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu had the garden constructed, by special permission by a shogun.
13 Nationaal Museum Paleis Het Loo (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
When you visit this location, you'll be able to admire the palace, which now houses a museum, as well as a stunning Dutch Baroque garden. The building itself was constructed between 1684 and 1686, for a Prince of Orange, William III and an English queen, Mary II. The garden's designer was Claude Desgotz.
At the rear of the castle, there is a "great garden" which is often referred to as "Holland's Versailles". While it's frequently compared with Versailles, its design is actually a lot different.
12 Shalimar Bagh (Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India)
This garden is a traditional Mughal design which is situated in Jammu, Srinagar and Kashmir, India. The garden is found near the shores of the peaceful Dal Lake. Shalimar is a world that means, "abode of love" and this Indian garden definitely has a romantic spirit that is worthy of its name.
Created four hundred years ago, by Emperor Jehangir, in honor of Nuf, his wife, it features fountain pools, flower beds, and lawns. Stroll through the grounds to get a taste of India's rich heritage.
11 Boboli Gardens (Florence, Italy)
Florence is world-renowned for its beauty and its exquisite art. The Boboli Gardens is yet another example of why tourists flock to Florence. This city park features an assortment of sculptures which were created during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. There are also Roman antiquities onsite.
During the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the garden was enhanced and made larger by the Lorraine and Medici families.
Situated on Piazza Pitti, and constructed way back in 1550, this garden is a must-see. It closes at six-thirty p.m. each night.
10 Claude Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France)
The former home of Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, is situated in Giverny, which is northwest of Paris. The artist's former home features glorious gardens. In fact, this particular garden may be the most celebrated in all of France.
While he lived at Giverny, Monet created some epic masterpieces, including his Japanese bridge and water lily paintings. Monet was a resident of Giverny from 1883 until he passed away in 1926. Monet's home is also well worth a tour, thanks to its gorgeous colors.
9 Stourhead Garden (Wiltshire, England)
This English garden features classical architecture, hills, and water, as well as wonderful shrubs and trees. It's been characterized as a living work of art. The garden opened during the 1700s. Its winding pathways provide exceptional views, through the trees.
There are plenty of surprises on the pathways, such as a collection of classical temples.
This garden is utterly magnificent during fall, when the leaves turn fiery colors. It's also glorious in the springtime. Fifty gardeners were needed to do the garden's initial plantings.
8 Exbury Gardens (Hampshire, England)
This garden is a well-known garden that is situated within Hampshire, England. It's the property of one branch of the filthy rich Rothschild family. Located in Exbury village, it features an impressive collection of camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas.
Many think of this garden as the best of its kind within the UK. When you visit, be sure to enjoy the rock garden, the Sundial Garden, the Hydrangea Walk and the Iris Garden. Also, follow the Camellia Walk, which will lead you along the Beaulieu River.
7 Alhambra (Granada, Andalusia, Spain)
This gorgeous Spanish garden is situated on the grounds of a medieval castle. The castle rests on a plateau, one valley away from Generalife. The gardens are flanked by the scenic Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The word, Alhambra, mean, "red castle". This garden was commissioned by Muhammed ibn-Yusuf ibn-Nash. It features a Lion Fountain, as well as a Court of the Pool. The castle and garden are fascinating and beautiful examples of European Renaissance design. Six thousand people may tour the castle and grounds daily.
6 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Cape Town, South Africa)
This botanical garden is found at the easternmost base of Cape Town's Table Mountain. South Africa has a cluster of national botanical gardens (nine in all) and this is one of the most important. The garden opened in 1913, in order to safeguard the nation's unique plant life. It was the first garden in the world to operate under this ethos.
These days, garden management put a high premium on cultivating plants which are indigenous. This garden has a big conservatory, which displays karoo, savanna, and other regional plants.
5 The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Portrack House, South West Scotland)
This amazing garden spans thirty acres (twelve hectares). It's a sculpture garden which is the handiwork of theorist and landscape artist, Charles Jencks. It was constructed upon the ground of Jenck's home, Portrack House, which is situated in Dumfries, Scotland. The garden's inspiration is the study of cosmology.
Since it is inspired by math and science, its landscaping and sculptures are based on certain themes, including fractals and black holes. While there aren't a ton of plants in this garden, natural features and man-made symmetry make this garden thrilling and totally unique.
It's possible to tour this garden only one day per year, and money raised from tickets to the garden is used to fund a charity that provides cancer care.
4 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, Surrey, United Kingdom)
These gardens are located only half an hour's journey from London, England. Kew is the biggest World Heritage UNESCO site in London and it provides visitors with access to interesting landscapes and unforgettable architecture.
If you want to see lots of living plants, Kew is the place for you. It features the most diverse and the largest quantity of living plants in the world. The plants grow inside of glasshouses and out on the grounds. The gardens open each day at ten in the morning and close at seven p.m.
3 Keukenhof Gardens (Lisse, Netherlands)
The word, Keukenhof, means, "kitchen garden". The Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands, are also referred to as the "garden of Europe". This garden is one of the biggest on the planet and it's delightfully colorful. It features a whopping seven million flower bulbs, which are planted each year within the confines of this seventy-acre park.
The gardens are open from the middle of March to the middle of May. If you want to see the tulips in all of their glory, try to visit during the middle of April.
2 Butchart Gardens (Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada)
Butchart Gardens is a cluster of flower display gardens which is situated in the Brentwood Bay section of British Columbia, Canada. The gardens are close to Victoria, which is part of Vancouver Island. When you choose to visit, you'll be spending time at a garden that gets one million visitors every year.
Robert Butchart made his fortune in the cement industry and he and his wife settled in Vancouver Island. In 1907, a Japanese garden designer visited Victoria, and his work impressed Robert Butchart's wife. She commissioned a garden which is now Butchart Gardens.
1 Château de Versailles Garden (Versailles, France)
If you dream of kings and queens, you'll feel like royalty as you stroll through the Chateau de Versailles Garden, in Versailles, France. Its beauty and provenance are beyond compare. These gardens rest on what was initially a royal demesne of the Versailles Chateau.
The gardens are located west of the palace and they cover eight hundred hectares. These gardens were designed in the refined and classical French Garden style. As with the chateau, construction of the gardens took forty years.
Sources: Huntington.org, Wikipedia.com, TripAdvisor.com