So beautiful! I am definitely going to recreate some of these ideas (on a smaller scale of course!). Enjoy.
1. Gardens of Versailles, France
In the 17th century, one of the most famous French landscape architects, André Le Nôtre, designed the fascinating gardens of Versailles, built for Louis XIV. Placed to the west of the palace, the gardens cover about 800 hectares of land, which includes two ‘French’ gardens, the ‘Petit Parc’ and the ‘Trianon’ and 300 hectares of forest. The gardens feature lovely parterres of flowers, meticulous manicured lawns, sculptures, fountains and water features. The gardens of Versailles are one of the most visited public places in France, receiving few million visitors a year.
2. Singapore Botanic Garden
Singapore Botanic Garden is a garden composed with 3 parts: Bukit Timah Core, Tanglin Core and Centre. The garden is considered as one of the most beautiful in the world and one of the oldest. The garden at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society. Bukit Timah Core is in use for study and practicing while in Tanglin Core part visitors can find a lot of beautiful and unique statues and fountains that are distributed in little small circular gardens. The most popular part among the tourist is Centre. You don’t have many places in the world where you can see 60,000 seedlings of orchid flowers in full bloom. That is the Orchid Garden State.
3. Descanso Gardens, California
If you are in L.A. you should definitely spend half an hour driving to this gorgeous garden. Descanso gardens are called ”Heaven on earth”. They have more than 100.000 diferent plants and are proud owners of the world’s biggest “collection” of the camellia. Gardens and forest of Descanso are spread over 26 hectares of the San Rafael Hills. If you go at Descanso gardens we suggest you to visit Japanese garden and international Rose Garden which is home to thousands of roses.
4. The Butchart Gardens, British Columbia, Canada
In 1904, Jennie Butchart started to beautify an abandoned limestone quarry left behind from her husband’s pioneering efforts in the manufacture of cement. Little by little, the place blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden. The sea-side of the Butchart family’s home was transformed into a lovely Japanese Garden, the tennis court became an Italian Garden, while a wonderful Rose Garden replaced a big kitchen vegetable patch. Today, the Butchart Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world and the most visited tourist attraction on Vancouver Island, receiving more than a million visitors each year.
5. Villa d’Este, Italy
Here we have one more European magnificent garden. His history is quite interesting. After the disappointment of a failed bid for the papacy, a cardinal Ippolito II d’Este came back to Tivoli and decided to build himself a home from old monastery. He called his home Villa d’Este. Now Villa d’Este is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, and recently Vila d’Est was found on the list of UNESCO as one of the 31 most important historical cities in Italy.
6. The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington D.C.
The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, located on the highest point in Georgetown, Washington D.C. features 4 formally landscaped hectares and a beautiful English country garden around the mansion Dumbarton Oaks House. The gardens were designed and created over a 30 year period through the partnership of Mildred Bliss, the owner of the the property, and landscape designer Beatrix Farrand. The gardens include oak trees, an enormous bamboo stand, a rose garden, and the profusion of perennials and color so familiar to traditional country gardens. Much of the property is terraced and planted with cherry trees, herbs and forsythias.
7. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, France
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a French seaside palace constructed between 1905 and 1912 at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat by Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild. There you have seven roads that guide you through the garden that has seven parts. Each part is with a different theme, including the formal French garden, the rose garden, the Spanish garden, the Florentine garden, the stone garden, the Japanese garden and the exotic garden.
8. Stourhead, England
The Stourhead gardens was designed by Henry Hoare II in the 18th century and later enhanced with new species of trees from America by his grandson, Richard Colt Hoare. Placed in the middle of a large estate near Warminster south of Bath, the lovely Stourhead garden surrounds a peaceful lake, a jewel nestled among undulating hills. Various classic architectural features are tucked in strategic spots around the shore and they include few monuments and an arched stone bridge. For centuries, the garden has been acclaimed as one of the most picturesque gardens in Britain.
9. Suzhou Gardens, China
Suzhou is China’s well-known “City of Gardens” located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province in Eastern China. Suzhou at one time is said to have housed more than 200 gardens right within its premises and for this reason the city had gained the title “Venice of the East”. Though the number of gardens don’t match the original number, there are still around 69 or so gardens to be found within the city. Most of the gardens found in Suzhou date back to the Spring and Autumn Period which lasted between 770 and 476 BC. The gardens serve as a perfect retreat, with the symmetry of the hills, pavilions, brooks, halls, trees, fountains, towers and flowers giving off a peaceful aura and making tranquil ambience. Nine of the gardens are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site list.
10. The Palacio de Generalife, Spain
The Palacio de Generalife was the summer palace and country estate of Kings of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, now beside the city of Granada in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. The palace and gardens were built during the reign of Muhammad III who started building them in the 14th century. Today this is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. The complex include the Court of the Water Channel or Water-Garden Courtyard. That part has a big pool framed by flowerbeds and fountains. The greenest section of the Generalife in winter is the pool court, where sunken gardens in the Islamic style contain lavender, myrtle, thyme and other herbs, irises, and pomegranates.