Gardening is a great way to relax, exercise, and increase your vitamin D intake. It is also a fantastic way to remind ourselves that seemingly insignificant things tend to pay off over time. The fruits of significant green thumbs are more evident than ever at these world-famous botanical gardens. If you are looking for a new travel itinerary, look no further! These are 10 botanical gardens every passionate gardener should visit:
Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon
Japanese Gardens have a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility, with the desired effect to feel like part of nature. The three essential elements that make up the garden are a metaphor. The stone represents bones, the water represents our life force, and the plants are the royal mantel of nature. This garden is a lovely place to get inspired and potentially reconnect with your roots.
Lotusland, also known as Ganna Walska Lotusland, is the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska. Collecting over three thousand different plants over forty years, this garden has a unique collection and commission of innovative garden designs. Combining rich history with diverse plant life, Lotusland is a must-see.
Ryōanji Temple is home to a garden like no other. In typical gardens, the primary inhabitants are the plants, yet, in this unique garden, the primary focus isn’t the plants at all. The stones are the things that are being gardened. This garden consists of low-lying walls and groups of 15 rocks, surrounded by tiny pebbles. Interestingly the park is designed so that from any vantage point, at least one of the rocks is always hidden. Visiting this unique garden will help redefine what it means to have a successful garden.
Yuyuan Garden, China
As the garden is sometimes referred to, Yu means pleasing and satisfying. It’s therefore not a surprise to learn that this 20 000 square meter garden is a destination every passionate gardener should experience. Everything from the pavilions, cloisters, pounds, and rockeries has unique characteristics in the park. With six distinct sections, all showcasing different attractions within its borders.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Australia
With horticultural excellence, iconic landscapes, and scientific eminence, the Royal Botanic Gardens is well on its way to living up to its vision of creating a healthier planet and a thriving community with the help of sustainable plants. Perfect for any gardener who wants to see how the global leaders are guiding the botanical gardening sphere in a self-enriching manner.
Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, Arizona
What started as a handful of locals wanting to capture the beauty of the desert, with a mere sign saying, “save the desert” and an arrow pointing to the location. It has now blossomed into a remarkably dense hotspot for anyone to learn or witness the awe-inspiring nature the desert once was.
Butchart Botanical Gardens, Canada
Butchart Botanical Gardens, named after its founder, is one of the world’s most impressive floral shows. It provides uninterrupted blooming from March through to October. One look at the variety of colors this garden displays, and it’s easy to see why over a million people make their way to witness it every year.
Kenroku-en Garden, Ishikawa, Japan
Many gardeners dream of putting in a large body of water to complete the perfect Windows ten wallpaper look. One of the most prosperous places that pulled this off is Kenroku-en in Japan. The mastermind behind this garden is put in a giant artificial pond, which complements the experience of this 11.4-hectare paradise.
Sean Nong Nooch, Thailand
This garden was first opened to the public in 1980 and is now one of the most popular attractions in Thailand. The garden has nine different features, each showcasing a unique aspect of gardening, one of the best ways to end your gardening adventure!
Keukenhof Garden, The Netherlands
Set up by the Dutch government, this park has at least 7 million different tulips and over nine hundred different varieties. The only downside of visiting the garden is one has to ensure that you visit around April when tulips bloom in the Netherlands.
Gardening is a fantastic way to relax and see that doing small things over a consistent period does pay off. Sometimes, all you need is to see what other people have accomplished and continue inspiring yourself to push forward with your gardening adventure. Where are you going first to enrich your gardening pallet?