A garden can be the most peaceful place on the Earth. You can enjoy the greenery and have a nice time soaking in the beauty of Nature. The colorful flowers can make you forget all your worries and ensure that you realize that there is more to life than the stress you encounter at your work place.
Walking through a beautiful garden can be a breathtaking experience. You can walk for hours and still seem fresh at the end of it. Maybe, this is what we call an invigorating experience. Every country has its share of beautiful gardens. Hence, it is a tough task to choose the top 10 from such an exhaustive list. However, this is a carefully compiled list prepared after considering various factors.
When you visualise a garden, the images of colorful flowers come to mind. Of course, the ten gardens listed here have their moments of color. We have also considered other factors such as symmetry in plant formation, and expertise in creating excellent patterns. You will get an idea as you go through the list.
Here is the list of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World in 2017-2018
10. Butchart Gardens, British Columbia, Canada
At No. 10, we have the Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada. Spread over an area of 22 acres, the land was a quarry at one point in time. The designers Robert Butchart and his wife Jennie Butchart transformed the quarry into one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. You have more than 700 varieties of plant life in this garden. In addition, this garden is the home to thousands of butterflies, parrots, and peacocks. You have a large number of ducks as well in the centrally located pond. Musical lights and firework displays are part of the attraction.
09. Gardens of Chateau de Villandry, France
France is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The countryside in France is full of greenery and hence it is no surprise that you have a large number of gardens in this country. At No. 9 in this list, we have the Gardens of Chateau de Villandry, Indre-et-Loire. The best aspect of this garden is that this is a combination of six different gardens such as the Sun Garden, Water Garden, Ornamental Garden, Herb Garden, etc. Each of these gardens is beautiful in its own respect. You have various ponds such as the Sun-shaped pond, the ornamental pond, etc. You can see a lot of fountains in the water garden as well. One, of the best places to relax, this garden has a number of lime trees.
08. Royal Botanical gardens, Kew, London
Spread over a huge area of 326 acres, the Royal Botanical gardens at Kew, London boasts of more than 50000 varieties of plants. This makes it one of the largest gardens in the world. You can find a large number of greenhouses in this botanical garden. One of the biggest pieces of attraction is the palm house. This particular glass house contains a large number of tropical rain-forest plants. The greenhouses have the facility to cater to 10 different temperature zones. Hence, this is the best place to find desert plants, orchids, and carnivorous plants as well. The 59-feet high treetop walkway is another great attraction enabling you to have a panoramic view of the entire gardens from a height, This is the perfect entry at the No. 8 spot.
07. Claude Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France
At No. 7 we have another garden in France. This time, it is the turn of the Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny. The garden gets its name from the famous painter, Claude Monet who designed this garden. This is a small garden compared to others in this list. As with many gardens in France, this garden is a combination of two gardens, the flower garden and the water garden. In fact, Claude Monet used to live in this place. While designing this garden during the last decade of the nineteenth century, Claude Monet built a nice pond and constructed a bridge over it as well. You can view a lot of water lilies and willows in this garden. The breathtaking scenery makes this garden rank at No. 7 in the list.
06. Majorelle garden, Marrakech, Morocco
Spread over an area of 12 acres, the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco is at the No. 6 spot in this list. This is an artists’ landscape garden in many ways. The intense blue cobalt accents make this garden easily distinguishable as compared to other botanical gardens in the world. This is an inspirational garden in many ways. The present owner of this garden, Yves Saint Laurent has even named a nail-polish shade after this garden. Created by Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s, this garden houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech. One of the most beautiful gardens, you get great peace of mind here.
05. Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
At No. 5, we have one of the premier botanical gardens in the world, Kirstenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a picturesque garden with the Table Mountain and the Devil’s Peak in the background. Set up in 1913, this botanical garden has more than 22000 varieties of plant life. One of the biggest attractions of this botanical garden is the typical Protea plant, The Restio Grasses. You can find them in large numbers with their green and brown colors. The unique aspect of this kind of grass is that they need the smoke from the bush fires to reproduce. You can unravel such mysteries at this beautiful garden, the pride of Cape Town.
04. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand
Let us now shift our attention to the Asian sub-continent. This area has some of the best gardens in the world. The best among the lot should definitely, be the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand. Spread over a sprawling 500 acres of land, this is a huge botanical garden with a large collection of flowering plants. The best aspect of this garden is that it has a symmetrical design. You can walk along the specially made pathway to explore the garden. The other attractions include the elephant shows, boat riding, etc in the pond. This garden qualifies as one of the most colorful gardens in the world.
03. Kenrokuen garden, Ishikawa, Japan
This garden in Ishikawa, Japan qualifies as the most tranquil garden in the world. Spread over 11.4 hectares, this is not as big a garden as the one described just above. Located next to the Kanazawa castle, this garden is one of Japan’s three gardens. You have a large variety of plants in this garden. The Maeda family used to maintain this garden for many generations. The main attraction of this garden is the cherry blossoming season. You get free entry during this two-week period. One of the most beautiful gardens in Japan this is fit for occupying the No. 3 spot in this list.
02. Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands
What is a garden without flowers? If that were the main criterion for classifying the top 10 beautiful gardens in the world, the Keukenhof in Lisse, Netherlands would have been the undisputed No. 1 in this list. However, there are other issues to contend with as well. Hence, you have this garden at No. 2. Encompassing a sprawling area of 32 hectares, you have a staggering 7 million flowering plants in this garden. Open for only two months from late March to the last week of May during springtime, this place is a virtual heaven with flowers of every conceivable quality available here. You have the world’s largest lily show during the period as well. In addition, you can view artwork and fountains as well in plenty.
01. Gardens of Versailles, France
One of the largest gardens in the world occupies the No. 1 position in this list. The Gardens of Versailles, France is spread over 800 hectares that includes more than 300 hectares of forest land. You have extensive canals here extending to over 35 km. Recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO you have more than 200,000 trees and 210,000 flowering plants. Virtually, every type of tree is available in this garden. There is a huge Orangerie as well that has been constructed to protect the plants during the winter months. This Orangerie spreads over 7.5 acres of land. You have your share of fountains and statues as well.
You have just seen some of the best gardens in the world. Each one of the above described gardens can offer you the peace and tranquillity you are looking for in the world. This list can go on forever because there are many more exciting and beautiful gardens in the world. Of course, all of them cannot a find a place in the Top 10.