The 10 must-see gardens in the world

If you are nature lovers or fans of landscaping, please pack your bags for a tour to top amazing gardens around the world which are curated by the Editorial Board of The Finest Magazine.

Château de Versailles, France

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In the 17th century, Louis XIV appointed André Le Nôtre to design and lay out the gardens of Versailles which has now become a famous landmark in the world. In the Sun King’s view, these gardens keep an important position as the palace because he wanted them to bring a glorious beauty to his castle. Covering a total land area of 101 hectares, Château de Versailles has the largest palace garden in Europe with formal gardens, tree-lined paths leading to flowerbeds, ornamental lakes, quiet corners decorated with classical statues, fountains, and a canal that King Louis used for gondola rides.

Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, UK

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Located on a 132-hectare land plot, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens is well-known for its historic glasshouses, stunning vistas and precious specimen trees, royal buildings, the Pagoda and an beautiful kids’ playgrounds. Such lovely garden also has two huge iron-framed glasshouses in which the Temperate House is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse around the globe with plenty of temperate plants being taken care in the garden nursery. This Temperate House is currently being closed for renovation and is expected to reopen by 2018. In addition, the other Bonsai House comprises a wide range of trees that are over 150 years old. Beside these buildings, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage for royal picnicking and the Orangery for lunch are also fascinating attractions of Kew gardens.

Powerscourt Gardens, Ireland

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The Powerscourt gardens and grand Palladian villa which are located 20km away from southern Dublin spread over 19 hectares with a diverse collection of 200 species including trees, shrubs and flowers. Constructed in two main periods, these 200-year gardens with the grounds, waterfalls, parks, garden pavilions, and fine tree-lined arbors were designed by architect Daniel Robertson who was strongly influenced by Italian Renaissance. The Palladian Mansion was destroyed by fire in 1974 and re-opened in 1996 but now this property is home to craft and interior shops following Irish Design. The spectacular walled garden, outstanding terraces, fine statuary and trees also distribute to create a breath-taking view of the Wicklow Mountains.

Butchart Gardens, British Columbia

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The land plot of the Butchart Gardens is originally used by Portland Cement for ages and then out of value as a quarry. Finally, Jennie Butchart, the wife of Portland Cement’s owner carried out a reclamation project and turned this land into the most gorgeous garden across this region. She filled its space with soil from nearby farms and then expanded it to a 22-hectare zone with hundreds types of plant blooming from March to October every year.

Villa d’Este, Italy

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The Villa d’Este in Tivoli is currently listed as one of 31 major historical/artistic sites in Italy by UNESCO, as well as one of the most notable illustrations of cultural renaissance. As part of the Villa d’Este which was created by a Renaissance cardinal when he decided to settle down in Tivoli and build his own home, these gardens also feature a wide range of beautiful and unique fountains. Therein, the most popular fountains are the Rometta fountain which likes Ancient Rome in miniature with gates, arches and classic marble statues; the Fontana del Bicchierone in the upper garden where water pours out from a large shell-shaped basin; and the Avenue of the Hundred Fountains with several animal head statues, lilies, a small boat and basins.

Dumbarton Oaks, U.S.A

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Japanese cherry blossom

Dumbarton Oaks is a historic house in the northern of Georgetown, Washington, which consists of different properties and amazing gardens. Therein, Fountain Terrace is a beautiful flower garden with varieties of colorful flowers, vines in tumble-down stone walls and two limestone pools with fountains. Additionally, Lovers’ Lane is a deep-blue pool that is designed as a Roman-style amphitheater with a maximum capacity of fifty seats. The road extending down the hillside from Lovers’ Lane Pool is called Melisande’s Allée which is taken from a character in the opera “Pelleas et Melisande” by Debussy, referring to the path where two lovers met and confessed their love.

Gardens of the Villa Éphrussi de Rothschild, France

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Built between 1905 and 1912, the Villa Éphrussi de Rothschild is a seaside Vinice-style villa by a Rothschild baroness Béatrice Éphrussi, which is magnified by a selection of breath-taking gardens. Such collection comprises seven themed gardens in which the largest one is the French garden with a lily pad pool, fountains, and a Temple of Love replicating the Trianon at Versailles. The other typical landscapes also include Provençal garden that is filled with olive trees and lavender; a lapidary garden with massive sculptures; and Spanish, Japanese, Florentine and Rose gardens.

Stourhead, UK

Temple of Apollo and Palladian Bridge

Stourhead by Henry Hoare II is described as the best example of a finest garden with the classical and genteel beauty from the 17th century. Located in the central of Stourhead, a lake is embellished by classical buildings such as Pantheon and Temple of Apollo, enchanting caves and rare plants.

The Master-of-Nets Garden, China

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The Master-of-Nets Garden, called as Wangshiyuan in Chinese, is the smallest residential garden in Suzhou, China. However, it contains the most magnificent beauty as its space being used ingeniously by creating a larger area than its actual size. Designed in the Song dynasty (A.D. 960-1270), Wangshiyuan is the combination of pavilions, halls, music rooms, bamboo groves, and floating huts. This garden is divided into three sections which include a residential section, a central garden and an inner garden. The central section includes mountains, caverns and a tiny arch bridge called the “leading to quietude” crossing a pond to a small pavilion.

Sans Souci, Germany

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Sans Souci is a palace which was built by the Great of Prussia Frederick following Rococo style. The King used this place as his private residence where he could relax and live as a tranquil haven. That is why its name, Sans Souci, means “without concerns”. Busts of Roman emperors, decorative statues, and a Chinese teahouse are scattered across the garden.

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