For sure, Nature is able to raise emotions and to create peace of mind. Somewhere along the way, everyone is going to look for a natural haven to take a breath and relax. So, here are the best botanical gardens around the world, where you can go deep into peacefulness and enjoy the beauty of Nature.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York, USA
If you are looking for an urban and peaceful oasis, this is the right choice. Situated in the heart of the Big Apple, the 52-acre garden features a variety of plants arranged in specific areas; such as the Rock Garden, with its colourful tulips and azaleas.
Aiming at creating awareness about the importance of horticulture, a number of learning-by-doing activities and events are provided here. In fact, the arrival of spring is celebrated in the Japan-inspired garden-into-the-garden through the cherry blossom festival, according to the Hanami tradition.
990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa, Japan
Going deep into Japanese garden philosophy, the main characteristics that set up the perfect garden are clearly represented in this “garden of the six sublimities”. By balancing space, tranquillity, history, artificiality, water and perspectives, the uniqueness of this garden is evident. And, thanks to its variety of flowering trees, its look changes every season.
From the Tea House terrace, you can enjoy this transformation of colors and patterns: spring kicks off in pink shades with the Ume and Sakura, whereas autumnal reds and oranges are embodied by maple trees. The layout of this feudal-time private garden is outlined by water, whose importance is celebrated with architectural elements like bridges and fountains.
1 Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa, Japan
Versailles’ Gardens, France
Developed throughout 800-hectare on the western side of the royal palace, Versailles’ gardens are by far the most famous 17th-century private gardens in the world, whose design by André le Notre has been preserved through the centuries.
One of the main treasures of these gardens is surely the Orangery, which includes lemon trees and oleander from all over Europe; on the other side, the collection of statues, fountains and groves creates a sense of surprise and fantasy, typical of the French formal garden. By biking through the “Grande Perspective”, the main path through these gardens, you may find out the magical spots hidden here and there and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this place.
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
Nong Nooch, Chonbury Province, Thailand
As far as 17th-century French formal gardens are concerned, the Nong Nooch Botanical Garden offers different entertaining activities and cultural shows to its guests, proposing itself as the perfect spot to experience the various aspects of Asian culture and its origins.
The variety of tropical plants is arranged here in geographical areas, distinguished one from each other through the associations of different animals and dinosaurs’ sculptures; the funniest is surely the flamingo garden, really loved by selfie-addicted. Nevertheless, the most interesting area is the European inspired one, whose design is enriched with traditional Thai architectures, such as pagodas and stupas; the perfect place to enjoy traditional shows and musical performances.
Chang Wat Chon Buri 20250, Thailand
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, USA
Have you ever dreamed about listening to music at night, only surrounded by the desert’s vegetation? If so, this botanic garden perfectly suits you.
This 140-acre garden manages to protect and preserve several plant species native to Arizona and desert-adapted plants from dry areas of the world. The bright green of the collection of cacti and agave contrasts with the sand shades and contributes to creating a magical and breathtaking atmosphere. This unique collection is celebrated by exhibitions and events, such as music performances and cinema desert nights, which mix the American drive-in experience with the pleasure of picnicking, to make visitors aware of the beauty of the desert.
N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, USA
Tromso Artic-Alpine Botanic Garden, Norway
If you are interested in rarities, thanks to its location 350 km into the Arctic Circle, this is the world’s northernmost botanical garden. It features several species of plants from Polar regions and high-mountains areas: Tibetan blue poppy from Himalaya, and rare Falkland Islands’ slipper flowers. Nevertheless, the most interesting area is dedicated to flowers growing among the stones, and only there, while seated in the gardens’ café, you can enjoy the landscape and the rare Wilander buttercup – a flower that can only be found northern than the Polar line.
9006 Tromsø, Norway
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa
At the opposite side of the world, housed inside the Table Mountain National Park, this botanic garden features more than 7000 species of plants. The collection is divided into a cultivate small section, which includes a fragrance garden and a medicinal one, and a protected 492-hectare area characterized by the presence of indigenous flora and wildlife. A centenary tree canopy walk crosses the entire garden; together with a number of trails and walks, it’s the best way to enjoy this experience.
Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa
Chicago Botanic Garden, USA
If you are looking for a seat to rest and fresh air, a tram tour is provided to explore this vast garden made of 27 gardens-in-the-garden. Designed by John O. Simond and Geoffrey Raush, the layout is one of the treats of this place, together with its rare bonsai section.
“Urbs in horto” is the motto of the garden’s community, whose aim is to educate visitors by offering artistic activities, like photography and painting courses, focused on respect for nature.
1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, Chicago, USA
Singapore Botanical Garden
The history of this garden started with the British Colonial Era, and it has recorded the horticultural development of the nation over the years; that’s why it’s the first Asian tropical garden established as a UNESCO world heritage site.
The garden offers a variety of tropical species, such as royal palms and rain-forest plants, and it includes the national orchid garden, which contains 450 species of this flower. In this urban heaven, you can enjoy different activities, and food lovers may find their dining spot, tasting dishes infused with Asian flavours directly taken from the ginger garden.
Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, Brazil
Last but not least, infused with Brazil’s natural and cultural heritage, this garden features a variety of native Brazilian plants, such as aroids and palms, which established it as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Largely known for its collection of Bromeliads, the most stunning area is dedicated to a sensory garden. Here you can lose yourself in an unforgettable experience, surrounded by herbal and aromatic plants which are able to excite your senses and give rise to your emotions.
Jardim Botânico, 1008, Casa De Pacheco Leão, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil