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The world’s most spectacular gardens

The world’s most spectacular gardens

The world is filled with hundreds of thousands of incredible gardens. However, amongst all of these, a few stand out from the crowd, a few that end up being far more than just well-manicured lawns.

Whether it be the famous botanical garden in Kew in the UK or something that resembles a mixture of Jurassic Park and a botanical garden like Kirstenbosch, these are the eight best botanical gardens in the world.

Singapore Botanic Garden
The Singapore Botanic Garden is located in central Singapore and is over 163 years old. It is one of three gardens and the only tropical garden recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The garden is also home to the National Orchid Garden, which is at the forefront of orchid studies and one of the leading facilities in the world. The garden is over 82 hectares and houses over 10,000 different plant species.

Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens, or Kew Gardens as they are more commonly known, can be found in the heart of London. The gardens are 326 acres in size and home to 40 historically significant buildings. Kew Gardens was also made a World Heritage Site in 2003.

Kew has over 1000 employees, several research facilities and programs, and is also home to the famous path that is lit up with Christmas lights over the festive season, a massive tourist attraction each year.

Kirstenbosch Gardens, found in Cape Town, is one of the biggest botanical gardens in Africa. Located on the slopes of Table Mountain, the gardens have sprawling lawns, massive trees, art museums, picnic areas, and restaurants.

The gardens are filled with thousands of native and foreign species, emphasizing the native flora that can be found in the Western Cape and Southern Africa.

Jardim Botânico
Jardim Botânico is a botanical garden found in the affluent area of the same name in Rio de Janeiro. This site is over 200 years old, having been founded in 1808, and is one of the oldest in the world. The garden prides itself on showing the diversity of Brazilian flora, with over 6,500 species on display.

The gardens are also filled with numerous historical and artistic monuments and several greenhouses, a research facility, and a library.

New York Botanical Gardens
Found in the Bronx Park in New York, the NYBG was first opened in 1891 and is located in a 250-acre area and houses almost a million plants and trees. There is also a greenhouse, an observatory, and a library.

The library at the NYBG is home to the most extensive collection of botany-related books in the world. The gardens are also known for their educational aspect, with 90,000 of their yearly visitors being children who visit for school trips.

Nongnooch Botanical Gardens
One of the world’s lesser-known but still magnificent gardens, found in Thailand, it is famed for its scientific center dedicated to cycads and also has its own cycad gene bank. The garden covers a 500-acre plot of land.

You will also be able to find two restaurants, a small zoo, a hotel with a swimming pool, and several Thai-styled rental houses for visitors to stay at.

Montreal Botanical Gardens
The Montreal Botanical Gardens are slightly smaller than the others on this list but are no less beautiful. The 75-acres hold 22,000 different plant species, several greenhouses, and numerous themed gardens and plant sculptures.

The Montreal Botanical Gardens is widely regarded as one of the most important on earth. This is due to the range of species it has and the extensive research that has been undertaken using the plants.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Bronx garden isn’t the only one in New York. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens can be found within Prospect Park and were first opened in 1859. The site is home to numerous attractions, such as the Rose Garden, the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, and dozens of Cherry Trees.

Regarding scientific studies, the BBG Herbarium has over 300,000 different specimens, with some of these being from 1818. These specimens and studies have helped improve our understanding of plants across the globe for decades.