The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which was founded in 1910 and is located in Mount Prospect Park, is a 52-acre refuge. The popular botanical garden features 14,000 different plant species spread out over several regions, including a water garden, an English garden designed around plants named after Shakespeare plays, and a fragrance garden for the blind. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is arguably best known for its outstanding Japanese garden, which was the first of its kind in an American public garden, and its more than 200 cherry trees, which attract throngs every spring.
This sprawling park, located just west of the Palace of Versailles, covers over 2,000 acres of ground. Much of the landscape is designed in the form of a classic French garden, complete with symmetry and order. The well-kept gardens are studded with flowers, sculptures, and fountains dating back to Louis XIV's reign. The Gardens of Versailles, along with the palace itself, have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site fit for a king.
The terraced gardens and lavish fountains, one of which plays music, are popular features of this 16th-century palace outside of Rome. Visitors to the villa, which was erected for the son of a nobleman and grandson of the Pope, would have been delighted and impressed by the magnificent water features. The environment at Villa d'Este is supposed to induce reflection, and it is a beautiful example of an Italian Renaissance garden.
For nearly a century, this lovely oasis in Victoria, British Columbia has wowed visitors with its lush vegetation and brilliant blooms. The Butchart Plants employs 50 full-time gardeners who are responsible for the upkeep of 55 acres of gardens, including 26 greenhouses. The Sunken Garden, as seen above, is a popular spot in the park. It was created in a disused limestone quarry by Jennie Butchart, the wife of a wealthy cement producer who saw the landscape's potential initially.
In the spring, you can't visit the Netherlands without thinking of tulips. If you're a true fan, you'll make a pilgrimage to Lisse's world-famous Keukenhof. Visitors go to see the vivid flower displays loaded with tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths from late March to late May. Each year, the Keukenhof plants 7 million spring-flowering bulbs from 100 Dutch floricultural firms, according to the Keukenhof. Over 1 million visitors visit the gardens over this two-month period, and the bulbs are placed in magnificent displays that give a stunning picture for them.
A garden that is regarded the apex of the Japanese dry landscape (karesansui) rock garden is located within Kyoto's Ryan-ji Zen Buddhist Temple. Large rock formations are encircled by beautifully raked gravel in this Zen garden. The stones are carefully arranged so that they cannot all be seen at the same time while seated on the temple's porch. Anyone who can see them all from a single seated position is said to have attained enlightenment.
This vast estate in Ireland is noted for its residence, which was originally a 13th-century castle, as well as its 47-acre grounds. After Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt, inherited the estate at the age of 21, many of the estate's grounds were planted in the 19th century. He developed a Japanese garden, an Italian garden, walled gardens, and even a pet cemetery, all inspired by the Gardens of Versailles and other notable gardens he saw on his travels.
These gardens, which are located on the grounds of Claude Monet's residence, were the inspiration for the Impressionist painter's famed Water Lilies series. A visit to Giverny today allows you to immerse yourself in the world of Monet. His famous water garden, complete with a Japanese bridge, is still open to the public all year. The bright floral garden, which was designed to appeal to Monet's creative mind, will also please visitors.