You’re in for a treat.
In one of our previous posts, we shared some of the most popular flower festivals in various corners of the planet. This time, we’ll go around the world once more to have a look at some of the most beautiful gardens every flower enthusiast must visit. (If you’re a flower lover, you might want to keep your bucket list handy. It just might be updated after this post.)
Known for its vibrant tulips, The Netherlands is one of the places that first comes to mind when talking about flowers. Staying true to its reputation, it is home to one of the most beautiful and colourful gardens in the world, the Keukenhof Gardens.
Also known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof Gardens is the largest flower garden in the world encompassing approximately 32 hectares of land. It has over seven million tulips (more than 600 varieties), hyacinths and daffodils. The garden has a number of restaurants and cafes and visitors can take tours on bikes or boats. Keukenhof, however, is only open in spring.
Considered Okayama’s finest attraction, Korakuen Garden is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. This lush garden located north of Okayama Castle was created between the 17th and 18th centuries and showcases various exotic plants and some of the most beautiful flowers in Japan. Korakuen also features several scenic spots such as Enyo-tei House, Kayo-no-ike Pond, Yuishinzan Hill, Chishio-no-mori Grove and the Japanese Iris Garden and Yatsuhashi Bridge. The best part of this garden is that it holds 300 years of Japanese history.
SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS
Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, Singapore Botanic Gardens is a national tourist destination. Also Singapore’s leading tropical and horticultural institution, the garden displays the finest flora and fauna in the country with its collection of more than 60,000 plants. It also includes the National Orchid Garden which holds an extensive collection of tropical orchids on the planet.
DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN
United Arab Emirates
With all its vivid colours, the Dubai Miracle Garden looks like something that came straight out of a storybook. This truly stunning place is one of the world’s largest flower garden and is rightfully so as it displays over 45 million colourful flowers in Dubai.
What makes this garden truly unique is that it is located in a desert. Yes, it’s a lush flower garden in the middle of a desert. Who would have thought that was possible? The creators had a smart plan for the garden’s design showing the world it’s possible to grow plants and flowers in the desert. They lined the garden’s perimeter with trees to stand as windbreakers and reused waste water.
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the world’s first botanical garden founded in 1913. Located right at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, it was originally intended to preserve the country’s plant life. The garden is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kirstenbosch is home to more than 7,000 plant species including albines, indigenous ferns and many other kinds of plant life distinct to South Africa.
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDENS
Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the Desert Botanical Gardens is a 57-hectare garden with more than 21,000 plants including 139 rare or endangered species. In addition to a spectacular flower collection, it also features a rich cacti and agave collection, some of which are native to the area. The garden has a plant research centre complete with facilities, laboratories, plant conservation and a library.
HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS
Much like the Dubai Miracle Garden, Australia’s Hunter Valley Gardens is like a storybook that came to life. This magnificent garden in Pokolbin is broken down into ten different and distinctly styled gardens like the Formal Garden, the Indian Mosaic Garden and the Storybook Garden where colourful characters from classic nursery rhymes can be found.
Compared to other world-famous gardens, this garden from down under is relatively new. It was only opened to the public in 2003. According to their Facebook page, the gardens have 600,000 shrubs, 6,000 trees, and a jaw-dropping one million ground covers. Those who want to have a glimpse of the finest flowers Australia has to offer should definitely head here.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Another from Australia is the Royal Botanic Gardens located near the heart of Melbourne, Victoria and south of the Yarra River. The Royal Botanic Gardens extends to almost over 100 acres of land, which is composed of an aboriginal heritage walk, observatory, herbarium discovery walk, and a children’s garden. It also holds special events like Harp or Philosophy in the Garden, Yoga for Kids in the garden for children.
We probably don’t need to wonder so much now about where the flowers delivery Melbourne come from. The Royal Botanic Gardens has everything every flower lover would want to see.
New Zealand is known around the world for The Lord of the Rings movies. What not everyone may know is that it also has one of the most enthralling gardens in the world, Hamilton Gardens. This corner of “Middle Earth” features twenty-one themed gardens that showcase designs from different civilisations.
Some of the most notable sections are the Indian Char Bagh Garden, the Italian Renaissance Garden, the Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s Garden, the Victorian Flower Garden and the Japanese Garden of Contemplation. Each garden area brings a piece of world history giving visitors a peek at other cultures. Unlike other gardens that are only open in spring or summer, Hamilton Gardens accepts guests the whole year.
Know any more noteworthy flower gardens that should be on this list? Share them here!