10 World Famous Gardens for A Romantic Promenade

Be it the simple Xeriscape garden created with native plants that don’t require much care or the elaborate floral garden full of exotic plants that require ample attention – a beautifully planned garden can be a treat for the senses. It can be a complete work of nature or adorned with man-made features to enhance its beauty. And it is one conservation effort you cannot fail to applaud.

Here is a collection of some of the unique gardens of the world you must visit.

Huntington Desert Garden ??? Canvas for Colorful Cacti

Huntington Desert Garden

Canvas for Colorful Cacti

Established by William Hertrich, and dating back to more than 100 years, the space features a wonderful assortment of desert cacti and succulents that cover almost 10 acres. Get a glimpse of the high branched inflorescence of the agave species, the brilliant red blossoms of the fouquierias, the bright yellow spinal flowering of the Golden Barrel Cacti and many others on the heritage walk.

Villa Lante (Bagnaia, Italy) ??? Remarkable Specimen of Renaissance Splendor

Villa Lante (Bagnaia, Italy)

Remarkable Specimen of Renaissance Splendor

One of the finest Renaissance Gardens, the space offers a spectacular view of the flora. Cardinal Raffaele Riario begun the beatification process, but most of it was done under Cardinal De Gambara. Legendary architect Tommaso Ghinucci completed it. The formal garden and the twin palaces and hunting lodge give way to distinctly decorated levels from where you can view different panoramas and pleasant water features.

Jardim Botânico de Curitiba ??? Simplistic Charm of Greenery

Jardim Botânico de Curitiba

Simplistic Charm of Greenery

Opened in 1991, the space offers a view of geometric gardens. Occupying 245,000 square meters, the focal point is the glass and steel three-domed greenhouse inspired by a 19th century crystal palace of London. Around it are sculptures by famed artist Frans Krajcberg. Visit the Municipal Botanical Garden, explore the sports courts, cycle on the velodrome or simply wander on the trails beside the lake or through the pine forests.

Ryoan-ji Zen Garden (Kyoto, Japan) ??? Minimalistic Attraction Evokes Interest

Ryoan-ji Zen Garden (Kyoto, Japan)

Minimalistic Attraction Evokes Interest

Deemed an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple and gardens of Ryoan-ji offer a glimpse of Zen philosophy. The period and maker of the gardens is the centre of controversy. But that doesn’t stop you from appreciating the minimalistic beauty of this rock garden. Open to interpretation, it comprises of 15 boulders set in white gravel. Interestingly, the arrangement makes it possible to see only 14 rocks at once.

Drummond Castle (Perthshire, Scotland) ??? Example of Elegant Formality

Drummond Castle (Perthshire, Scotland)

Example of Elegant Formality

Constructed by John, the First Lord Drummond, and refurbished by the First Earl of Ancaster, the garden offers a close view of the mix of French style with a touch of the eclectic. Once you climb the steps of the inner court, you get a glimpse of the stunning landscape that gradually gives way to wilderness. With a 17th century sundial as the focal point, the space is beautified with fountains, urns and figurines.

Suan Nong Nooch (Chonburi Province, Thailand) ??? Burst of Tropical Colors

Suan Nong Nooch (Chonburi Province, Thailand)

Burst of Tropical Colors

Initially planned as a fruit plantation, the garden now features an impressive collection of tropical plants and trees. Another great feature is the Cycad Gene Bank that strives to conserve the ancient and endangered species. With its beautifully laid out array of garden sections, and the wildlife it supports, it is one place you cannot miss to visit. And while there, you may even see a martial arts performance or an elephant show.

Nationaal Museum Paleis Het Loo (Apeldoorn, Netherlands) ???Brilliant Beauty

Nationaal Museum Paleis Het Loo (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)

Brilliant Beauty

With a strictly symmetrical layout, the garden adjacent to the palace is best viewed from the roof or the small banks. Plan a visit between April and October; only then you will be able to have a glimpse of the striking spouting fountains that adds to the magnificence of the space. Bedecked with the statues of Greek gods and goddesses, where the goddess of love Venus takes the centre stage, the garden stands on a once barren heath.

Château de Marqueyssac, France ??? Romantic Rendezvous with Nature

Château de Marqueyssac, France

Romantic Rendezvous with Nature

Enlisted as an outstanding garden of France, the space is a superb specimen of the romantic gardens. Surrounding the dramatic castle, the historic garden spreads across 22 hectares. Walk along the curved paths shaded by boxwood trees and you will discover numerous surprises such as waterfalls and gazebos round the corners. Visit during the summer evening and be a part of the romantic candlelit shows.

The Butchart Gardens Vancouver, Canada ??? Loveliness of Floral Foliage

The Butchart Gardens Vancouver, Canada

Loveliness of Floral Foliage

Creative and ingenious Jennie Butchart laid the foundations of this family-owned floral garden that attracts visitors throughout the year. Laid out strategically, the garden features diverse species of plants. Be it the picturesque Sunken Garden, the serene Japanese Garden, the intriguing Mediterranean Garden, every facet offers a unique perspective during different seasons.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden ??? Pretty Patch of Pleasure

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Pretty Patch of Pleasure

Blending verdant landscape with the city’s cultural facet, the space creates a focal point in the city. Covering around 11 acres, the garden is adorned with more than 40 pieces of art, even the iconic ‘Spoonbridge and Cherry’, from the famed collection of the Walker Art Center. The seasonal displays of attractive flowers and plants attract visitors too. Guided tours are also available in the summer.

Maxine Genier

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