Here are 6 of the Most Beautiful such Locations
January 5, 2017
1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England
Founded in 1840, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Park, located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, UK, spreads across 320 acres and is the world’s biggest botanic garden. It is home to the world’s largest collection of living plants, with over 30,000 kinds, and of the world’s largest herbarium with over 7 million preserved specimens. There are tropical glass houses, lakes and waterlily pools, art galleries and the Davies Alpine House to visit. To get a full view of the park you can take the train or take a walk on the soaring treetop walkway. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, Africa
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa opened its gates to the public in 1913. Located at the foot of Table Mountain, this 89 acres garden had the purpose to preserve the country’s flora, being one of the few such places in the world where only indigenous plants are cultivated. The park’s most famous planr is a yellow version of the Crane Flower, named Mandela’s Gold. There are eight other botanic gardens in South Africa, but only this one has five of the six biomes as it includes a large conservatory with plants from the savanna, karoo, fynbos and other regions. A walk through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is more than just a relaxing day spent outdoors. It is a chance to understand the spectacular local flora.
3. Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden was founded in 1808 and it was opened to the public a couple of years later in 1820. It is located at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain and the neighborhood that grew around it got its name. It covers 345 acres of land, holds 6500 species and it is a UNESCO designated biosphere. Indigenous as well as foreign plants are cultivated here and the experience of the garden is fantastic. In the midst of a very busy city there is this oasis which anyone can enjoy. Maybe this contrast is one of the things that make it one of the most appreciated botanic gardens in the world.
4. Singapore Botanic Garden
What to visit in the Singapore Botanic Garden? Well, in this 183 acres garden opened in 1859 and with a reputation of being one of the best botanic gardens in the world, you have a variety of choices. Its main attractions include the Rainforest, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Tanglin Gate, there are about three lakes and there is the Tembusu tree (a national symbol you can also see on the Singapore five-dollar bill). It has a collection of more than 1,000 species of orchids and 2,000 hybrids and it is open from 5 am to 12 am every day. You can consider the monkeys a nice bonus for those who feel like the luxuriant greenery is not enough of a distraction.
5. Montreal Botanic Garden
The Montreal Botanical Garden in Canada is probably one of the most popular and best known of its kind. It was founded in 1931 and offers the option of both indoor as well as outdoor visiting areas. It occupies over 190 acres of land with its thematic gardens and greenhouses. Its biggest ones are the Chinese Garden – the largest of its kind outside of China, the Japanese Garden, the First Nations Garden – which includes Canadian plants, and the Alpine Garden. A cool indoor activity you can do at the Botanic Garden is to visit the Insectarium or the Butterflies Go Free exhibit in which thousands of butterflies are released into the glasshouses to the delight of the visitors.
6. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Chonburi Province, Thailand
Probably the newest Botanical Garden on our list, the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in the Chonburi Province of Thailand was opened in 1980. It covers 500 acres of botanical garden. It includes a European garden, a Cactus & Succulent Garden, an ant tower, a butterfly hill and a major scientific center dedicated to Cycads. It also has a Cycad gene bank.
The great thing about going to a botanic garden while you are traveling is that is offers an enriching outdoor experience to anyone. You do not have to be a botanic expert and notice every type of flower, but you can still enjoy the walk through a park made up like something of a fairy tale. If you ever wondered how it felt like to be Alice in the Wonderland rose maze, there sure are places that offer similar experiences. Also, if you are traveling with children and you want to make your visit educational as well as relaxing, this is a great learning opportunity.
Here are 6 of the most delightful botanical gardens in the world. Make sure you visit at least some of them and plan your next travels so as to include these amazing places in your itinerary.