Spring is finally here, and while we may not be able to enjoy public spaces right now, there’s no better time to take a virtual tour of some of the world’s most beautiful gardens. Make the most of your sofa-surfing time and take a visual journey through some of the most impressive gardens with your feet up and a glass of wine in hand.
1. Kew Garden, Richmond, England
Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting 37 acres of woodland, 14,000 trees and over 50,000 living plants. Kew Palace is where its rich history, spanning nearly 400 years, began; the Arboretum is a living library of trees; and the Marianne North Gallery boasts over 800 paintings of plants and flowers.
2. Claude Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France
Monet’s Water Lilies, a series of 250 paintings, were all inspired by his beautiful garden in Giverny, Normandy. He reportedly fell in love with the village when he saw it from a train window. The famous painting, The Water Lily Pond, features a Japanese bridge arching over the lily pads.
3. Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, England
The utterly majestic Waddesdon Manor is a French Renaissance château, built in the 19th century, and filled with royal treasures and an extensive art collection. It has been a Rothschild family home since the late 1800s with its first owner being Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and its last owner being James de Rothschild, who left the house, grounds and majority of collections to the National Trust for the public enjoy.
4. Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, US
Dating back to 1890, the Chicago Botanic Garden boasts 385 acres of land and 27 gardens, including an English Walled Garden, the Plant Science Centre and the Japanese Garden. It’s owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and maintained by the Chicago Horticultural Society.
5. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Papaikou, Hawaii
Keen botanists will adore this tropical garden that’s home to 2,000 plant species, and century-old coconut and mango palm trees. Opened in 1984 by owner Dan J. Lutkenhouse, it’s since been sold to a non-profit trust for the public to enjoy. Not only is it beautiful, it’s situated on the Pacific Coast, and a virtual walk through its jungle canopies gives us a little taste of paradise that’s always much appreciated.
6. US Botanic Gardens, Washington, US
Established in 1820, this is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. The US Botanic Garden is located in Washington, and is supervised by the Congress through the Architect of the Capitol, who is responsible for maintaining the grounds of the United States Capitol. From roses to orchids, the rainforest to the Mid-Atlantic, rare and endangered plants, to the latest in home gardens, you will find a world of horticultural delights in the permanent exhibits and gardens.