With gardening an increasingly popular trend, it's no surprise people are travelling across the pond to nurture their interests. Here are six statement gardens from around the world that are worthy of a look.
If you're an avid gardener, you'll enjoy taking a walk through these 6 picturesque gardens. Consider these spots on your next trip abroad.
1. Chelsea Flower Show, London, England
The Chelsea Flower Show is one of Britain’s largest and most prestigious flower shows, held annually in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital, London. This year, Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, exhibited a garden for the second time and Laurent-Perrier and Chatsworth came together to create a unique show garden, with designer Dan Pearson creating a spectacular ‘triangle’ garden which can be viewed from three sides.
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Insight Vacations has just announced four exciting Chelsea Flower Show Special Interest Tours for 2016. On the 9-day European Affair and The Chelsea Flower Show, guests will visit the Chelsea show, enjoy a locally guided tour of Amsterdam including the floating Flower Market and the famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction, as well as taking in two of Europe’s most celebrated gardens in France: the palace of Versailles and its celebrated gardens and Claude Monet's garden in Giverny.
2. Kew Gardens, UK
South-east England is renowned for its vast collection of mesmerising gardens, from the poetic gardens of Sissinghurst to the award-winning formal gardens at Hever Castle which is recognised by the fact that each garden contains an individual style and character. However there is one statement garden that stands out from the rest in the south of London, and that is Kew Gardens. This botanical garden is known as the world’s most famous – a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising centuries of royal history.
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Explore the vast Victorian glasshouses and see the indoor galleries on Trafalgar’s 9-day English Country Gardens guided holiday where they’ll take you on a 40-minute guided journey exploring the different garden beds.
3. Keukenhof, Amsterdam
Not only a superb backdrop for its seven million spring flowering bulbs, Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam also hosts sculptures and artists throughout the season, bringing life and a new meaning to the breathtaking backdrop of colourful tulips through creativity. This year Keukenhof Gardens celebrated recognised painter Vincent Van Gogh, and marked the 125th anniversary with a Mosaic and selfie garden inspired by the artists self-portraits.
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4. Generalife, Granada, Spain
The Generalife is the breathtaking garden complex of the UNESCO listed Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The name 'Generalife' means 'garden of the architect'. The Generalife is located on the hill Cerro del Sol, adjacent to the Alhambra. The most striking features in the gardens are the plants, the water with its continuous interplay with light, and its sounds. The setting of the Generalife is also spectacular – on one side you have a sweeping view of the Alhambra and to the other the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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Insight Vacations’ 9-day Amazing Spain and Portugal escorted journey includes a Signature Experience where guests have the opportunity to join a local expert at the Alhambra Palace and explore the scented Generalife Gardens.
5. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia
Visitors to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens can stroll through the magnificent begonia or rose gardens, smell herbs from around the world or shade under one of the world’s finest collection of palms, though the garden’s location in the heart of the city is what really sets the garden apart. The park provides the best views of the Opera House sails, Harbour Bridge and sparkling harbour from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a sandstone peninsula jutting out from the Royal Botanic Gardens.
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6. Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin
The green lung of the city Prinzessinnengarten, has put Berlin on the map when it comes to the urban gardening movement. In June, 2009, more than 100 volunteers turned this 6,000 square metre block into an eco-gardening space that now produces over 500 varieties of vegetables throughout the season.
You can join the queen of edible and eco-gardening, Indira Naidoo, on Adventure World’s Eco Gardening Special Interests journey where you’ll hear more about the history of the garden and learn about the types of recycled materials, composts and seed they use.