One of the things we enjoy in life is aesthetics. It means that sometimes we can just appreciate things for being pretty. They give us pleasure and also allow us to appreciate the effort it takes to reach that level of beauty. With that in mind, there are a few gardens in the world that are absolutely stunning.
Claude Monet’s Garden
Claude Monet was a French impressionist painter and, interestingly enough, he was the one who came up with the design for this two-part garden. The floral garden and the water garden look like paintings that have come to life. It is astounding to think that there are places like this in the world.
Monet diverted the river to make a pond and used motifs from Japanese paintings to come up with a blend of colours and serenity. There are not only flowers but also fruit trees that contribute to the overall heavenly impression.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
The garden may have a name that is hard to pronounce (I still can’t get it right), but it is fairly easy to locate it in Thailand. The land was originally purchased in the 50s for a fruit plantation, but the owners had a change of heart and turned it into a garden that is open to the public. The garden is divided into several sections, like the European Garden, the Stonehenge Garden, and the Flower Valley, among others. The geometry of the landscaping and the greenery makes it more a thing of man-made beauty, or a homage to order.
Royal Botanic Gardens
In London, one may see the Tower Bridge and the Big Ben, as well as the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Palace, but a horticulturist will really enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens with more than 50,000 species of plants. It was designed by Princess Augusta in the 18th century. Since its creation, the garden has been greatly expanded, and not only in terms of more land and a bigger variety of plant life. There are now greenhouses, galleries, and walkways.
The Netherlands is the home to the largest flower garden in the world, the Keukenhof. The garden is open to visitors in spring when we can fully appreciate some 7 million plants. There are different themes each year and you can either take a long walk or a relaxing boat ride to take it all in. Though the garden is open in spring, you can visit the palace all year round. It is nicknamed the Garden of Europe.
If you go to Italy, specifically Tivoli, be sure to visit Villa d’Este, a gorgeous Italian Renaissance garden that is now a UNESCO heritage site. The garden is also famous for the use of fountains in its design, like the Neptun’s fountain, the Fountain of the Owl, and the Fountain of Mother Nature. Each of the fountains has its own fascinating history and you will likely need more than just a single day to properly view them all.