A garden is a planned out space specifically for plants and other forms of nature. They are usually set outdoors and can have man-made and natural materials. Gardens are a great place to relax and have some nice family time. You could even hang out with your friends or plan a picnic. I am very fond of gardens and even though I have not had many chances to visit the following, I would really love to. This particular list talks about the top ten gardens in the world. Be sure to visit the whenever you are in the area, I know I will. Enjoy the read!
Ryaon-Ji is a temple in Japan and it is famous for the Zen Garden. It is considered to be one of the best examples of dry-landscape style. It is also considered as the only greatest piece of Japanese culture. The temple is surrounded by low walls and it is unknown exactly who laid the garden out. There is a stone washbasin behind the garden. It is called Tsukubai and is said to be a gift from Tokugawa Mitsukuni in the seventeenth century. It bears an inscription; ‘I learn only to be contented’.
9. MINNEAPOLIS SCULPTURE GARDEN
This garden is one of the best landmarks in Minnesota, United States. Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen were asked to design a fountain-sculpture for this particular garden. If you are aware with his style, he uses a spoon in many of his sculptures and that spoon appeared in a huge size in this particular design. It was the theme of the entire garden. He topped the spoon off with a cherry on top literally. The cherry comes from the dining etiquette of Louis XIV and that is what the cherry imposes.
8. SHALIMAR GARDEN
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan created this garden in the city of Lahore in Pakistan. The construction of this particular garden began in 1641 A.D and was completed a year later. The garden is laid out in the form of a parallelogram and it is surrounded by a high brick wall. It is famous for the fretwork that was incorporated into the construction. These gardens were incorporated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1981 including the Lahore Fort.
7. YUYUAN GARDEN
This particular garden is said to have been built during the Mind Dynasty in China more than four hundred years ago. It is built in a very traditional Chinese style. There are many rocks, trees and ponds in the area along with dragon-lined walls. Many a times during the past four hundred years, this garden has been shut down for restoration and reopened again. After the downfall of the Pan’s family, the garden was deteriorating but it was soon restored by the local rich people and later the city government.
6. BUTCHART GARDENS
The Butchart Gardens are located in Canada and are one of the most famous ones in the world. They are situated in British Columbia and they are simply breathtaking. The gardens spread over an area of around 50 acres. These gardens are always full of colors and never in a full year is the garden ever dull. That brings many visitors to this garden from all around the world. You can visit in absolutely any season and they will be at their prime.
5. JARDIM BOTANICO DE CURITIBA
This garden is located in the biggest city of Southern Brazil, Parana. A part of the University of Parana’s campus is housed by the garden. It opened up in the year 1991. The gardens mimic the style of French gardens. The main greenhouse spans across an area of 458 meters. The garden covers a total area of around 240 square meters. There is also a Botanic Museum which serves as a reference to the different collection of flora. It attracts researchers from all around the world and contains many species from the Atlantic Forests of Brazil.
I am sure there is no need to introduce this particular place in France. This is perhaps the most famous garden in the entire world. The garden was designed for Louis XIV. It was designed for him by Andre Le Notre. You will see countless flowerbeds, the Orangerie, the fountains and a Canal. A lot of earth had to be shifted to make room for these particular amenities. Wheelbarrows were used to transport earth by thousands of men. It was a lot of work but it was definitely worth it.
3. SUAN NONG NOOCH
The Suan Nong Nooch can be found in Pattaya, Thailand. It offers amazing landscapes and stunning views. It is nothing short of a garden in some grand fairy-tale. You will see a lot of houses built in a traditional Thai style, villas, halls and restaurants, even swimming pools. A large land of around 600 acres was bought by Mr. Pisit and Mrs. Nongnooch in the year 1954. It was predicted that it will be a site for fruit plantation but they sure proved it wrong. It is a tropical garden of ornamental plants and flowers.
2. KEUKENHOF GARDENS
A lot of floral displays in countless varieties can be found in Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands. It is perhaps one of the most popular tourist destinations in The Netherlands. It is home to around 7 million tulips and that includes rare hybrids and that have specially been developed. It also features the Russian black tulip Baba Yaga, and that is the pride of the entire garden.
1. THE GARDEN OF COSMIC SPECULATION
The garden of cosmic speculation is in Scotland. Interestingly enough, the garden is inspired from science and math. Now, I don’t know how that happened but that is the popular belief. It was set by Charles Jencks with his wife Maggie Keswick. It is located near Dumfries. The garden was set up in 1989. The mere design of the garden makes you wonder. It is actually really interesting, I have no clue how Mr. Jencks and his wife actually came up with this idea. Oh, but this settles the dispute, math and science can actually be used for something as beautiful as this place.