If you’ve been inspired by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week, take a look at these beautiful gardens around the world – they’ll have you dusting off your passport in no time…
Zip up to Funchal’s famous Jardim Botânico in a little glass pod on the Monte Cable Car, and you’ll find Portugal’s answer to the Garden of Eden. Home to 2,500 exotic species like Birds of Paradise and fragrant orchids – along with a tropical bird park – it serves up first-class views over the capital.
Yves Saint Laurent didn’t just have a good eye for fashion – he owned Jardin Majorelle until his death in 2008. As you’d expect, they’re about as glamorous as gardens get – think ornamental pools filled with lotus flowers, exotic sky-high cacti and a cobalt-blue Art Deco villa taking centre stage.
The Canaries’ most easterly isle is a UNESCO biosphere reserve, so you don’t need to look far to find Mother Nature’s handiwork. Make time for César Manrique’s oasis, though. The gardens at the artist, designer and conservationist’s famous underground grotto are in a former lava bubble and stuffed with cacti, palms and a glossy-white pool.
These botanical gardens are said to be the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, and who are we to argue? An exotic fairy-tale set-up with ornamental pools, tropical terraced blooms and ornate Thai villas, it attracts an impressive 2,000 visitors a day. Plus, it’s home to the world’s largest palm and orchid collections.
Ever wondered what some of the capital’s private gardens look like? Now’s your chance to find out. On 14th and 15th June, 27 London boroughs will unlock over 200 of these green spaces to the public. One ticket lets you poke around everything from traditional squares to roof terraces, plus gardens at high-profile places like Number 10 Downing Street.
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Author: Jenny Childs
Published: May 23, 2014
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