If you are green-fingered like me, you probably love to visit the world’s botanical gardens, iconic landscapes and enjoy the amazing flora and fauna still being discovered. There are so many wonderful plants to enjoy and choose from for our own gardens, it’s hard to imagine what the early plant hunters endured when travelling to distant and unknown lands. Here are some incredible and beautiful garden lover destinations not to be missed!
Top Garden Lover Destinations
No visit to South Africa would be complete for any garden enthusiast, without visiting Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Nestled at the bottom of Table Top Mountain it has a dramatic landscape filled with many species of the national flower – Protea. There are also large displays with the Bird of Paradise, grasses and much more. Created in 1913, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden is easy to reach via car or if you’re not driving, the Cape Town City sightseeing hop on and off tour bus stops at this magnificent garden.
The Sakura (Cherry Blossom) is widely celebrated throughout Japan. It was when the pink flowers put on an incredible display, during the spring months between March and April. While visiting don’t miss the detailed landscaped zen gardens such as The Shukkeien Landscape Garden, with its precise racked stones/sand and thoughtfully placed larger sculptures, stones or planting. The bright red arched bridges, stone lanterns, koi fish ponds and colourful Acer trees are a delight to see! There are some incredible places and things to do for an authentic Japan experience.
Inside the city of Marrakesh lies a tranquil oasis with tall slim cacti, lush green palm trees and vivid blue splash pools. The Jardin Majorelle built in the 1920’s by French painter Jacques Majorelle was then taken over and re-built by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The garden is a leisurely walk from the centre but on a hot day, you might like to take a taxi.
There are lots of gardens to enjoy and explore in the United Kingdom including the famous Kew Botanical Gardens, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and more! Did you know there are also several gardening shows that take place throughout the year including Chelsea Flower Show; Tatton Park Flower Show; RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and more! The UK is a marvel for plant enthusiasts and tales of the first pioneer plant hunters dating back to the 17th century. Today plant hunters are still working wonders. But the role has changed for the 21st-century plant hunters with more emphasis on conservation and education.
Some of the great garden lover destinations not to be missed include none other than the abundant Monet’s Garden in Giverny. Claude Monet was passionate about gardening and colours. The garden is in two sections the front flower garden called Clos Normand; at the rear of the house is the outstanding and well known Japanese water garden as painted by Claude Monet in The Japanese Footbridge and Water Lilies. The village of Giverny boasts of quaint and rural, easily reached from Paris by train. Then upon arrival in Giverny, Monet’s Garden is a stone throw walk away. If you prefer you can also take an organised bus tour from Paris. Entrance tickets can be purchased online in advance or upon arrival. Do arrive early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the ambience. (The garden is now closed till March 2018).
I hope you have enjoyed reading and are inspired to visit one of the above garden lover destinations. There are too many to mention here but these are some of my favourites. Do you have a favourite garden? We would love to hear which one it is. Please share/comment below. Happy Travels:) x