If you are looking for peace and wonder, what could be better than walking through beautiful gardens, taking in the surroundings, smelling the sweetness of flowers and letting nature inspire and soothe you? Whether it is Japanese zen gardens, French classics or botanical and tropical gardens, we have compiled a list that should please everyone and convince you that these are places you really should visit.
Claude Monet's Gardens, Giverny, France
An actual location for many of his paintings, Giverny was Claude Monet's home and inspiration for many artworks. Divided in two parts, a flower garden and a Japanese-inspired water garden, it is only a quick train ride from Paris, which means it should definitely be on your bucket list when visiting the French capital. While the flower garden presents a lot of different species, and particularly impressive climbing roses, the water garden is the setting for the iconic Water Lilies series, a collection of 250 oil paintings by the French impressionist. So go ahead and step into the picture in Giverny!
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Tokyo, Japan
Created in 1629 by Mito Yorifusa, Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens present a Chinese and Japanese heritage. Particularly enticing during fall season thanks to its orange, red and yellow maples, it displays many elements such as ponds, stones, walking trails and manmade hills that create a mesmerizing, relaxing and artistic view in the middle of Tokyo's busy life and restless atmosphere.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London
Spreading across 326 acres and offering more than 50000 different species of plants, Kew Gardens is a world heritage site thanks to its art galleries, its green houses hosting many tropical rainforest plants, and its various climatic zones. Recognised internationally for its influence on horticulture, plant classification and economic botany, Kew Gardens is a place you shouldn't miss if you are interested in botany, architecture or ecology. And as its Temperate House is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, you probably won't need to visit another glasshouse for a while!
Butchart Gardens, Canada
With 26 greenhouses and 55 acres, Butchart Gardens might not be the largest in the world but it is a much beloved garden all the same. And being located in Vancouver, which is known as the "City of Gardens," it is saying something. Take in the natural beauty in this picturesque environment, go for some wonderful afternoon tea or step up with fine dining... Whichever activity you pick, you are bound to have an amazing time in this stunning location.
Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands
Probably one of the most famous gardens in the world and home to more than seven million tulips, Keukenhof Gardens is iconic for Deutch scenery and flora. The best time to visit (and actually the only time, as it is open only for two months) is from late March to late May, as it is the blooming season for tulips. It might get a little busy though, since 1 million visitors come to the gardens during those two months alone. So get ready to mingle with the crowd!