There’s nothing quite like spotting a spectacular garden, is there? Neighbours’ gardens dotted with fragrant lavender bushes and climbing roses. Those exquisite private squares in London surrounded by majestic townhouses. Gleaming, black metal fences guarding a delight of immaculate greens and lovingly planted flowerbeds. And the sweeping grounds of grand country houses. A breathtaking design of kitchen gardens, orangeries and sprawling rhododendron patches made for hiding beneath…
Here’s 5 beautiful gardens from around the world to delight anyone with green fingers. And, hopefully, even those who struggle to take care of a cactus. After all, what could be more joyful than being on holiday and wandering through a green oasis?
- Jardin Majorelle, Morocco
A riot of brilliant primary colours, serene fountains and exotic plants, this exquisite garden by French painter Jacques Majorelle is a must-visit if you’re travelling to Marrakesh. Bought by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980 and restored, the two-and-a-half-acre plot is home to 300 plant species. Amongst the stunning, vivid blue and yellow Moorish architecture is an enchanting landscape filled with cacti, bamboo, palm trees, water lilies and water.
- The Butchart Gardens, Canada
Initially built on top of an exhausted limestone quarry pit over a century ago, this 55-acre, National Historic Site of Canada is home to around 900 varieties of bedding plants. The plants flower between March and October creating a wonderful blanket of colour, and visitors can explore the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Concert Lawn Walk, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Mediterranean Garden. The Butchart Gardens are 14 miles north of Victoria, on beautiful Vancouver Island, and are definitely worth a visit if you’re heading to Canada.
- Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Australia
Made up of the Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria showcases both plants from around the world and those native to Australia.
Established in 1846 and with over 90 acres to explore, Melbourne’s Botanic Garden houses over 50,000 individual plants. Known as Melbourne’s inner-city oasis, this fantastic garden is a perfect spot for a picnic before exploring the delights of the bustling city.
At Cranbourne Gardens, view some of the 170,000 Australian native plants and gaze at the surrounding bushland and wetland, it’s home to 20 native mammal species.
- Katsura Imperial Villa, Japan
Nestled in western Kyoto, the Katsura Imperial Villa and its gardens are exquisite examples of Japanese design. Completed in 1645 and designed by Kobori Enshu, widely regarded as Japan’s most famous gardener, the traditional landscape garden features delicate stone bridges, winding paths, and even a spot for moon-viewing. Every aspect of the landscape was meticulously planned to ensure the garden was perfectly balanced, and the result is a masterpiece of simplicity, harmony and beauty.
- Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscapes, UK
2016 marks 300 years since the birth of the renowned landscape architect and royal gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and it’s a perfect time to visit one of the gardens he transformed. It’s thought that ‘Capability’ Brown worked on more than 250 landscape gardens across the UK, though the exact number isn’t known as he left few records. Some of our favourites? Wimpole Estate, Stowe Park, Hampton Court Palace, Petworth Park, and Chatsworth House.
Inspired to add a garden tour to your holiday itinerary? Contact your Travel Counsellor to see which spectacular gardens you could be exploring on your next trip.