1. Buenos Aires Botanical Garden – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Charles Thays definitely left his mark on the Argentinean lands. After being appointed as the Director of Parks for Buenos Aires in 1891, the French architect worked relentlessly to bring sophistication and harmony to the open spaces of the city. His most admired contribution, though, was the renowned Buenos Aires Botanical Garden – a majestic creation that enthralls both visitors and locals alike.
As you wander the garden’s footpaths bordered by verdant foliage, you’ll sense that the great architect had something a lot bigger in mind than just making it into a public park. With its thick greenery, old Art Nouveau greenhouses and marble statues, the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden is a place where science, nature and art all collide into a wonderful experience.
2. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden – Pattaya, Thailand
Headed to Thailand, for a backpacking trip? Don’t forget to swing by the largest botanical garden in all of Southeast Asia – the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Pattaya. Not only is it home to the world’s largest palm tree collection, but it also houses the largest variety of orchids in the country. As an added bonus, the garden hosts spectacular sporting and cultural shows on a regular basis, such as traditional Thai dance performances, Muay Thai boxing as well as elephants playing football and basketball.
3. Montreal Botanical Garden – Montreal, Canada
With 30 thematic gardens, a roomy arboretum and over 9 exhibition greenhouses, the Montreal Botanical Garden is truly a scenic oasis of tranquility and floral beauty. Billed as one of the finest and most important botanic gardens in the world, the Montreal Botanical Garden offers an awesome program of events, exhibits and activities all year long as well, making it a must-see attraction in this Canadian hub. Be sure to check out the schedule ahead of your trip, so you arrive just in time for your activity of choice!
4. Gardens of the Palace of Versailles – Paris, France
Characterizing a formal garden design in France, these internationally celebrated gardens are praised by horticulturists and travelers for its eye-catching tree-lined paths, and geometrically aligned canals and trees. Additionally, it has dozens of elaborate fountains that function as focal points as well as enhance its geometrical design. From late spring to early autumn, the fountains of these oases come to life, as part of the annual water displays of grandes Eaux.
Like most gorgeous botanical gardens, there’s no shortage of mesmerizing sights and delights in store for you in this floral paradise. Highlights of Gardens of the Palace of Versailles include the horses and chariot of the Apollo Fountain, the Grand Canal stretching off to the horizon and the intricate parterres of the Orangerie. Wherever you go, you’re bound to come across a grove, colonnade, fountain or sculpture that will take your breath away.
5. Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden – Cebu
Think you need a passport or a visa to see one of the world’s most extraordinary botanical gardens? Guess what? With a visit to the “Queen City of the South”, you’ll get a chance to see the first ever flower terraces in the Philippines – Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden. Nestled on the highlands of Cebu, this 2-hectare flora nirvana dazzles with its rustic features, breezy mountain atmosphere and inspiring pieces of literature. Of course, this terraced garden is home to more than 127 species of beautiful local gardens in Cebu.
And if that’s still not enough for you, then take a short drive to the nearby celosia wonderland Sirao Flower Garden, dubbed as the mini-Amsterdam of Cebu, to get your flower fix. Alternatively, you may head to Lapu-Lapu Island to catch the super trending, gleaming 10,000 Roses in Cordova. Either way, you’ll have a blast dropping by these Instagram-worthy places.
6. Allied Botanical Corporation farm – Pangasinan
Speaking of local treasures, make sure to include Pangasinan’s Sun Flower Maze to your list of botanical gardens to visit before you die. Designed by local landscape artist Toni Rivera, this wondrous farm is, after all, home to the first ever Sunflower Maze in the Philippines. Open from February 17 to May 17, this farm also displays other types of flowers and plants, especially vegetables. Furthermore, visitors will have the opportunity to pick and harvest their own fresh crops! Isn’t it, AMAZE-ing?
7. Singapore Botanic Gardens – Singapore
They don’t call Singapore as the “city in a garden” for nothing. Upon your arrival at the Changi International Airport, you’ll get to pick from one of its six lovely, leafy oases. And on its downtown area, the surreal 160-foot-tall Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay bring the Singapore skyline to life. Gardens by the Bay is a sprawling 101 hectares of reclaimed land, showcasing wonderful flora and fauna in three gardens that line the waterfront bay, just minutes from the busy business district.
But, make no mistake about it – it’s a much older attraction, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that really steals the show. With shimmering lakes, soaring tropical rainforests and a massive orchid garden categorized into 4 “color zones”, plant connoisseurs and travelers can easily spend a few days just exploring the place.
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8. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – London, United Kingdom
Inscribed in 2003 as a UNESCO World Heritage site, London’s Kew Gardens contain the largest collection of living plants in the world. As a matter of fact, there are over 25,000 plants in the living collections in this world-famous herbarium. Here, you’ll get to see plant collections like economic plants, grass, palms, ferns, British natives, arboreta, cacti and carnivorous plants. Plus, it’s dotted with some interesting gems, like the Victorian glass Temperate house and the huge palm house, which is deemed as the world’s most important surviving Victorian glass and iron structure.
Also, while there, take a quick side trip to Scotland to see the Glasgow Botanic gardens and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh – Britain’s second oldest botanic garden after Oxford.
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9. Miracle Garden – Dubai, UAE
Surprised? Who would ever think that one of the world’s largest botanical gardens is located in the midst of a desert? Featuring a hundred million flowers planted, Dubai’s Miracle Garden spreads beautifully over 72,000 square meters, making it the largest natural flower garden in the world.
10. Jardim Botanico – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Idyllic and serene, Rio’s 54-hectare Jardim Botanico is a great haven to take in the grandeur of Amazonian and imported plants alike. As you stroll though this botanic garden, you’ll get to see over 5,000 plant species as well as catch the first tea, cloves and cinnamon that were transported to the country to acclimatize. Not to mention, the garden boasts a slew of noteworthy sites, including a lake containing huge water lilies, orchids and a Japanese Garden.