Château de Versailles, Versailles, France
The famous French landscape designer Andre Le Notre laid out these gardens southwest of Paris in the 17th century at the behest of Louis XIV. The Sun King wanted them to magnify the glory of his palace at Versailles. The 101 hectares are riddled with paths leading to flowerbeds and quiet corners decorated with classical statuary, ornamental lakes, and a canal, which King Louis used for gondola rides.
Taj Mahal Garden Agra, India
According to the holy Koran, a garden is symbolic of paradise. This is asserted by the Islamic Style garden, symbolizing the spirituality which runs from the main gateway to the foot of the Taj Mahal. This Persian garden is based on geometric arrangements: Each one of the 64 flowerbeds hosts 400 plants; whilst all the trees, either cypress (signifying death) or fruit trees (signifying life), were planted to maintain symmetry.
Singapore Botanic Garden Singapore
Established in 1859, this is considered as one of the world’s prettiest botanical gardens, Atop the park’s highest point lies the National Orchid Garden, where more than 60,000 colorful orchids bloom.
Descanso Gardens California
A mere 20-minute drive from Los Angeles, the gardens and woods of Descanso unfold over 65 hectares. Here lay more than 100,000 plants and one of the world’s largest collections of camellias.
Butchart Gardens Vancouver Island
Jennie Butcher took this land from her husband’s cement company when it had exhausted its value as a quarry. She took soil from nearby farms and filled its 22,000m2 with 700 varieties of plants, which bloom from March to October.
Villa d’ Este Tivoli, Italy
Listed by UNESCO as one of Italy’s 31 major historical/artistic sites, this villa, with its bewitching fountains, is the incarnation of a Renaissance cardinal’s vision to make life in Tivoli more interesting. Don’t miss the Avenue of the Hundred Fountains, where animal heads, lilies, and basins spurt water.
Villa Éphrussi de Rothschild St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
In the wake of the 20th century, Béatrice Éphrussi, a Rothschild Baroness, built a Venice-style villa surrounded by breathtaking gardens. Pathways meander through the seven themed gardens, the focal point being the French gardens.
Sissinghurst’s Garden Sissinghurst, Kent, England
Created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, this is one of the most celebrated gardens in England, drawing visitors from all over the world. The garden is designed as a series of romantic little compartments filled with colorful floral displays.
Stourhead Warminster, England
Henry Hoare II punctuated the gardens of his estate with recreated ruins and classical buildings such as the Pantheon and Temple of Apollo.
Sans Souci Potsdam, Germany
Frederick the Great of Prussia built this splendid rococo palace as a place where he could live without a care in the summer. Busts of Roman emperors, decorative statues and a Chinese teahouse dot the lavish grounds