April is the official month of Earth Day—the perfect time to celebrate the blooming spring season. Natural beauty isn’t the only way to appreciate the landscapes around us; some of the most magnificent sights are manmade gardens and arboretums. Check out this list of Top 10 Gardens to travel to this spring.
Chateau de Versailles
The 250 acre masterpiece laid on under the French sun is known as one of the most famous gardens in the world. It’s filled with hidden niches, geometric patterned flower beds, and hidden lakes that were used by royalty themselves. Versailles not only offers a wide span of eye candy with its immaculately trimmed foliage and topiaries, but provides a glimpse into the leisurely lifestyle of early French royalty. Providing a sense of time and place, the gardens easily transport you to the tea parties of Marie Antoinette and the lavish parties of King Louis XIV.
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The Getty Center
Los Angeles, CA
There is nothing like exiting a mansion filled with invaluable artistic masterpieces to wander around an even equally impressive garden that forms a large outdoor sculpture within itself. More than 500 plant varieties make up the central garden, whose creator, Robert Irwin, boasts, “are never twice the same.” Water flows in and out of the maze like structure and brings life to all the plants that call it home.
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The impressive Italian Tivoli Gardens are a fine representation of both Classical and Baroque styles of architecture meshing together with gigantic fountains, walls filled with moss and statues, and plush greenery that seems to encompass everything the garden walls touch. Recognized as one of the best gardens ever designed, its numerous fountains use natural water pressure to sustain their flow
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Ryoanji Temple Garden
One of the most peaceful gardens in the world, Ryoanji’s Temple rock garden provides the true serenity needed to achieve the ultimate Zen. Fifteen rocks lay out among a calm sand landscape, and supposedly it is impossible to see all fifteen rocks at once. There is also a large park and pond in the vicinity if you feel like strolling along the waterside before relaxing before some of the most famous stones in Japan.
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The iconic Impressionist lily pads of Claude Monet weren’t stuff of imagination; actually they were stills scenes based on the very real and aptly named “Monet Garden” in Geverny, France. Impressionism comes to life with ponds of moss, pastel lilies, and wooden bridges that overlook a peaceful French landscape.
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The Huntington Library
If you are a garden aficionado, the Huntington Library might be on the top of your list for variety alone. The Pasadena sanctuary offers something for everyone: a desert garden, rose garden, bonsai garden—even a Shakespeare garden featuring plants that he noted in his writings. Tucked away in the quaint suburbs of Pasadena, the Huntington Library is the perfect place to spend the weekend.
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If you’ve ever been intrigued by the movie Bio-Dome then you’ll love the Eden Project. Boasting the world’s largest indoor gardens, the Eden Project offers a variety of educational tutorials, art shows, and concerts that make this garden come to life. Housing an isolated environment allows the Eden Project gardens to have a variety of plant life, letting visitors see species they wouldn’t normally find in the UK.
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The Butchart Garden was born out of an old quarry and is now home to one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. It’s 55 acres boast an explosion of colorful flowers and blossoms, over 700 in variety. Each year over 1,000 bedding plants are used to make sure there is a full bloom from March until October. Along with a rose garden it features an Italian garden and a Japanese garden.
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You know those movie scenes where people are running through fields of tulips? Those must’ve been taped at the Keukenhof Gardens. With over 7 million flower bulbs on display, Keukenhof makes for an unbelievable sight of pure springtime. Each year the gardens are cultivated to a theme. This year’s Celebration of Poland offers classical music and tons traditional festivities.
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Cape Town, South Africa
Imagine a botanical garden amidst a giant stone landscape and you are transported directly to Kirstenbosch, nestled right underneath Table Mountain in South Africa. The garden is a World Heritage site, and its unique setting makes it one of the top gardens in the world. The plants represented are all indigenous of the area, and Zimbabwean sculptures can be seen tucked away among the greenery. During summertime, there are outdoor concerts held on Sunday evenings.
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