There are an incredible amount of innovative and spectacular gardens around the world that are a testament to the creative and horticultural minds behind their conception. From tranquil Japanese gardens to colourful Dutch tulip gardens and everything in between, here are a few examples of the best.
THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN – ENGLAND
These incredible gardens in Cornwall were restored in the 1990s from an estate that was abandoned after the Second World War. They are the most popular botanical gardens in the UK, and are comprised of vegetable gardens, sculptures, a “jungle” and an Italian garden.
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KEUKENHOF GARDENS – THE NETHERLANDS
Containing groves of shady trees with sunlight filtering through to meandering streams, and a patchwork of colourful tulips across the landscape, the Keukenhof Gardens is truly a sight to behold. With over 7 million tulips, the gardens are a hugely popular tourist attraction.
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VERSAILLES – FRANCE
Built on a foundation of stubborn marshes, woodlands and grasslands, the gardens of Versailles are perhaps the most famous in the world. The gardens were built for Louis XIV and contain garden beds in intricate patterns, an orangery, fountains and a canal. It took thousands of men to shift the earth and build the garden to completion.
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RYOAN-JI – JAPAN
The gardens of Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto are a classic example of the Japanese dry landscape garden style. These gardens are highly regarded as one of the best cultural examples of Japanese Zen temple art design, with larger rocks arranged around smaller pebbles swept into patterns. This technique is supposed to facilitate meditation.
By Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4375710
BUTCHART GARDENS – CANADA
Located in British Columbia and declared a National Historic Site of Canada, these gardens are an oasis containing vibrant flowering garden beds, sprawling lawns, fountains and statues. The garden site began as a limestone quarry and were developed over the 1900s. These days, the gardens are a popular tourist destination and are ranked as one of the best display gardens in the world.
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THE GARDEN OF COSMIC SPECULATION – SCOTLAND
These gardens were built in 1989 and are based around concepts of maths and science. Instead of focusing on horticulture, they were designed to provoke thought and stimulate ideas. However, they’re only open to the public one day a year!
By Flexdream – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5207691
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