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Fabulous Floral Masterpieces: The Most Gorgeous Gardens in the World

There’s a real magic about a magnificent garden. Some of the most spectacular gardens span all corners of the globe. From famous artist owners to the grounds of a palace, here’s a look at some of the finest floral masterpieces.

Monet’s Gardens

Location: Giverny, France

Inspiration for iconic paintings such as The Water Lily Pond, Claude Monet’s Giverny garden is now one of the most famous gardens in the world. The beautiful garden design is literally like something out of a painting – stunning weeping willows, blooming fruit trees, and a Japanese bridge. Separated into two parts, a flower garden called Clos Normand and a Japanese-inspired water garden, it also features in Woody Allen’s 2011 film Midnight in Paris.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Location: Kew, London

The world-famous Kew Gardens is more than just a pleasing piece of nature. The greenspace is an internationally renowned research institution home to more than 40,000 species of plants. The site also features dozens of historic buildings, including the Victorian-era Palm House – the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world.

Keukenhof

Location: Lisse, Netherlands

One of the world’s largest flower gardens covers nearly 80 acres with 7 million flower bulbs planted annually. The amazing garden grows daffodils, hyacinths and, what the country is known for, tulips. The spectacular spring blossom attracts flower fans from all over the world between March and May.

Gardens of Versailles

Location: Versailles, France

Built at the behest of Louis XIV in 1661, the unbelievable gardens of the Palace of Versailles are the design of gardener André Le Nôtre. The nearly 2000 acres of stunning flowerbeds, fountains, trees and a canal attract over 6 million visitors a year. The groundskeepers are busy people – 200,000 trees and 210,000 flowers are planted here annually.

Villa d’Este

Location: Tivoli, Italy

A stunning showcasing of Renaissance culture, the 16th century Villa d’Este is home to masterful sculptures and an incredible garden with 51 fountains. Amongst the terraced landscape is the famous fountain, the Fontana del Bicchierone, and baroque and mannerist style pieces that defined many European gardens that followed. The villa is listed on UNESCO as one of Italy’s major historical sites and is regarded as a “giardini delle meraviglie” or garden of wonders.

Butchart Gardens

Location: British Columbia, Canada

Who would think an old quarry could be transformed into a National Historic Site of Canada. One of the finest gardens in the world, over a million visitors each year, come to explore the 900 plant varieties. The garden’s most well-known attraction, the Sunken Garden, took 9 years to create in 1904 and now spans, 5 acres, 151 flower beds and 65,000 bulbs.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Location: Pattaya City, Thailand

Regarded as the most beautiful garden in Southeast Asia, Nong Nooch is 500 acres of fairytale-like landscape. The garden is spread with tropical plants, ornamental blooms, fruit plantations and Thai-style sculptures. Split into 9 sections including, the Butterfly Garden, Flower Valley and Stonehenge Garden complete with hundreds of rocks encircling manicured shrubbery.

New York Botanical Garden

Location: New York, United States

Created in 1891, the 250-acre site is a peaceful getaway for city dwellers featuring over one million living plants. The Victorian-era Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is at the heart of the garden filled with indoor deserts, waterfalls, and the world’s largest collection of indoor palm trees. The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden houses more than 650 varieties of fragrant roses.

If you’re keen on creating your own indoor garden, you might like to have a look at some rare indoor plants.

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