Some may intimidate you, others will make you believe in fairy tales and none will leave you indifferent. We take you to incredible gardens spread all over the world. If you want to see something different, join us.
1. Amazing Gardens : Park of the Monsters, Italy
They are the gardens of the castle of the Orsini in Bomarzo. Incredible and disturbing gardens, populated by strange and threatening creatures : dragons, mermaids, orcs or satyrs. They were built by Duke Pier Francesco Orsini and reflect the darkness of his existence, despite being one of the richest men in Renaissance Italy.
2. Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal
In this case, they are not supernatural beings, but Masonic and Templar symbols that can be found in gardens as beautiful as they are full of mystery. An initiation well, caves, dark passageways, fountains and waterfalls populate the garden of Quinta da Regaleira, in Sintra. And, although it may not seem like it sometimes, nothing is the result of improvisation.
3. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Nature and engineering mix in this garden. Here a unique forest of artificial trees stands out, huge steel structures covered with plants that are illuminated at night in a spectacular way. Another of the park’s jewels is the Dome of Flowers, an immense greenhouse with a waterfall included that will take your breath away.
4. Miracle Garden, Dubai
A place that lives up to its name, because it seems a miracle that the largest garden on the planet is in the desert. But in Dubai nothing seems impossible. One hundred million flowers cover an area of 72,000 m², shaping pyramids, arches, houses, clocks and even an airplane. A drip irrigation system that uses wastewater keeps you alive.
5. Keukenhof, the Netherlands
When spring arrives, this garden is a veritable explosion of color. Seven million bulbs give life to postcards of true fantasy. Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, lilies or lilies, among other species, serve to paint a different canvas every year and as beautiful as it is ephemeral. The show can only be admired for a few weeks between March and May.
6. Atlanta Botanical Garden, United States
Several attractions make this one of the most unique gardens that you can visit. On the one hand, it shows a fabulous exhibition of plant sculptures, representing everything from small animals to human figures. On the other, it preserves the largest permanent collection of orchids in the United States. And at Christmas its lighting is amazing.
7. Butchart Gardens, Canada
They are incredible gardens that were built in an old quarry in Vancouver after its exploitation. An exploited and degraded land that became, thanks to the businessman’s wife, an oasis. Today you can enjoy a walk among a million plants of 700 plant species, including more than 300 roses.
8. Monet’s Garden, France
Not only did he paint it, but he worked with real enthusiasm on it. Claude Monet lived in Giverny for 43 years and devoted many hours to this garden, which would inspire him some of his great works. In fact, each year the painter chose the plants and flowers that he was going to grow on his land to later translate them into his works. A place, even today, surrounded by magic.
9. Kawachi Fuji, Japan
We include it in our list of incredible gardens for its spectacular Wisteria tunnel (or wisteria). Crossing it is, without a doubt, one of the most romantic walks you can enjoy. But its flowering period is short, so if you want to enjoy this beautiful panorama, you should visit Kawachi Fuji between the end of April and mid-May.
10. Gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife of Granada, Spain
We immerse ourselves fully in scenes from Arabian Nights. The simple elegance of the Alhambra and Generalife gardens, the sound of water running through its fountains and ditches and the aromas of aromatic plants enchant you in a way that is only possible in Granada. A finishing touch for our tour of incredible gardens.
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