Botanical gardens and public gardens provide a rejuvenating environment for people to appreciate the wonders of nature. Strolling through flower paths and stunning displays of myriad vegetation is very soothing both physically and mentally. Through vast collections of plants and flowers, these public gardens offer insight into the history and culture of a place and the importance these magnificent species have to our planet.
Here are some of the most breathtaking man-made gardens around the world.
Miracle Garden, Dubai
Since first opening nearly nine years ago, this 72,000-square-meter paradise has grown into one of the region’s most luxurious destinations, with more than 150 million flowers on display. Known as one of the world’s largest natural flower fields, its location is somewhat utopian for those seeking the charm of nature in the city. Flowers are kept fresh by using a drip irrigation system and reusing treated wastewater. There are various attractions such as Butterfly Garden, 3D Flower Design, Smurfs’ Village, Lake Park, Umbrella Tunnel, Floral Villa, etc. that you can enjoy with your friends and family. Plan your trip between October and April as the gardens are closed the rest of the month.
Address: Street 3, Al Barsha, Al Barsha South, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mexico, Las Pozas
Artist Edward James has constructed a collection of Las Pozas (or pools) in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Highlands, more than 2,000 feet above sea level in the subtropical rainforest. The structure and route constitute a garden with natural lakes and waterfalls surrounded by vaulted concrete sculptures. You can also swim in the pool under the waterfall. What started as an orchid-filled garden has transformed into a garden filled with man-made structures resembling various details of flowers. The idea was to find a private space that James could use.
Address: Camino Paseo Las Pozas s/n, Barrio La Conchita, 79902 Xilitla, SLP, Mexico
Keukenhof, Lisse, Holland
The estate displays spring flowering bulbs developed in 1949 by a group of 20 prominent growers and exporters and is marked as a Spring Park. When the park gates opened to the public in 1950, it was an instant hit. Keukenhof, his one of the largest flower gardens in the world, is sometimes called the garden of Europe. The total area of Keukenhof is 32 hectares. About 7 million bulbs are planted each year. Tulips are Keukenhof’s most famous flowers, along with many other flowers such as hyacinths, daffodils, lilies, roses, carnations and irises. The gardens are open to the public for eight weeks of popular tulip displays from mid-March to his mid-May, with a peak near mid-April, depending on weather conditions. However, the facility is open year-round for private events and festivals.
Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
Monet’s garden, Giverny, France
The gardens wouldn’t be home to the botanical wonders they are today had it not been for the famous painter Claude Monet’s arrival in the town in 1883. It is divided into flower beds, and clusters of flowers peeking through various markers add to the bulk of the flowers. Keep an eye out for iconic Japanese bridges, weeping willows, bamboo groves, and gorgeous nymphia that bloom all summer long. In summer, roses, clematis, salvia and sunflowers can be found throughout the garden. In autumn, dahlias appear around Nastassian, along with rudbeckia and asters. It is open from April to November and is closed during the winter.
Address: Claude Monet’s Garden, 27620, Giverny, France
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore
The only tropical botanical garden inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was established in 1859 and played a major role in expanding the rubber trade in the region. The gardens feature a variety of historically significant botanical and horticultural elements, as well as a magnificent botanical collection. The venue also hosts exhibitions, educational tours, performances and festivals. Over 10,000 plant species grow on 82 hectares of land. The botanical garden’s biggest attraction is the National Orchid Garden. Other attractions you can explore here include Burkill Hall, VIP Orchid Garden, Orchidarium, Tan Hung Shan Misthouse, Lady Yuen Peng McNeice Bromeliad House, Koolhouse, Rainforest and Ginger Garden. You can visit mystical heaven at any time of the year.
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, 259569, Singapore
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Tokyo
This is one of the oldest parks in Tokyo and arguably the best park in the country. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden was built in the early Edo period and is one of three daimyo gardens that have survived since then. With ponds, rocks, trees and man-made hills, the garden seeks to recreate the famous landscape in a miniature setting. A quiet natural retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can come anytime, but plan your visit around late November to enjoy the fall effects on this natural lawn, as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in April.
Address: 1 Chome-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo City, Tokyo, 112-0004, Japan