Do you know that according to some recent polls having a walk in a botanical garden can improve your memory and concentration? Moreover, there are some studies that have proved that a mind of a person captured by the “green magic” grip may fall into a state of meditation.
And now, imagine that you are in the middle of the unimaginable splendour of an enchanting garden. There is a birdsong floating in the air and wherever you look there are fabulous colours, exquisite statues and marvellous fountains, which make the place truly amazing and magical, in other words – a place you don’t want to leave. A marvellous, fascinating and inspiring place, which is so close to perfection that it can be described as a contemporary oasis of harmony and timelessness and recreates the garden of Eden.
Well, we can’t exactly take you there, but we will try to make you feel better with the splendour of ten of the most beautiful gardens in the world.
1. The Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden in Cape Town, South Africa
Situated in the shadow of the Table Mountain, the famous Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden is considered to be one of the fifty most beautiful gardens on the planet Earth. In the park there are more than 22,000 different plants – trees, shrubs and flowers coming from all over the world. Most of them also have some healing properties.
2. The Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France
The garden of the French impressionist Claude Monet is considered to be one of the most fascinating places in the world. It combines both the grandeur of nature and the artist’s genius and is hidden in a small French town near Vernon, where Claude Monet lived for 43 years with his family and created a little piece of paradise. There are 100,000 plants filling the air with thousands of scents and colours. Can you believe that this “garden of light” as it is called by some, was created in six months?
3. The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco
The overwhelming presence of cobalt blue architectural accents can’t be left unnoticed and makes this garden unique and much different than any other botanical garden in the world. Created in 1920 by the painter Jaques Majorelle, the garden is one of the fifty most beautiful gardens in the world and is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco.
4. The Gardens of Versailles in Paris, France
The historical gardens of the Palace of Versailles are one of the most impressive gardens in Europe. In the place of the hunting lodge of his predecessor, Louis XIV of France, also known as the Sun King, he made a gorgeous palace and around it one of the most magnificent gardens of all times. The visitors of the garden may now spend their time there enjoying the flowers, fountains, and the winding paths that reveal magnificent views.
5. The Kenroku-en Garden in Ishikawa, Japan
The Kenroku-en Garden in Ishikawa is recognized as one of the loveliest gardens not only in Japan, but also worldwide. It is a heavenly piece of peace and tranquillity. You can find great variety of trees there, but the forty species of cherry trees are one of the most stunning attractions there. The name of the garden also describes the six aspects of the perfect garden – space, privacy, antiquity, artificial construction, plenty of water and beautiful views.
6. The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is remarkable for its exceptional variety of desert flora plants. Visitors should be prepared with special equipment for the typical dry and hot desert climate but the experience is really worth it.
7. La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Alajuela, Costa Rica
The Waterfall Gardens are located in a breath-taking and truly magical part of the jungle where there are five majestic waterfalls situated on a relatively small area. The gardens are well-known for the great variety of rare plants, including many different and rare orchids, but also for being a habitat of more than 100 animal species.
8. The Roberto Burle Marx Gardens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Named after the famous Brazilian architect and park designer Roberto Burle Marx, these gardens are a unique with their 3,500 plant species. The visitors of the gardens can see the house, the personal possessions of the architect and even the chapel built by him.
9. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Australia
The Royal Botanic Gardens are one of the most popular destinations in Melbourne, Australia. Situated on nearly 100 acres of land, the gardens include extraordinary beautiful children playgrounds, picnic areas and resting places. The garden is maintained by professional gardeners very carefully. This is a real piece of heaven right in the very heard of the city created by the first governor of the state Victoria in 1846.
10. The Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria
The Mirabell Gardens are just another example of the classical European gardens designed in the spirit of Versailles and Tuileries. The gardens are made around the Mirabell Palace by Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Rotenau in 1606. You can enjoy a lot of beautiful sculptures, fountains, flowers, stone dwarfs and marble mythical creatures that will make your stay there unforgettable.
Published: September 1, 2013