Whether you’re an avid gardener, plant connoisseur, or if you just like to look at beautiful flowers, botanical gardens are great attractions for quick weekend trips and vacation getaways alike. From Canada, to Brazil and everywhere in between, there are beautiful gardens across the world well worth a visit. For plant enthusiasts of all kinds, consider adding a trip to these spectacular gardens around the world to your bucket list.
Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Canada
Visitors from around the world flock to The Butchart Gardens every year, but fewer people know that 100 years ago these gardens were actually a cement factory. In 1904, Robert Butchart started the factory with his wife Jennie, who was the company’s chemist. When the limestone resources of the valley were depleted and cement production ended, Mrs. Butchart wanted to turn the space into something beautiful. Thus, the gardens were born. Now a historic site of Canada, these gardens showcase seasonal displays, fireworks shows, night illumination and more.
Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
Gardens By The Bay in Singapore is truly a one of a kind experience. The Gardens cover acres of land in the heart of the city. The main attractions are the two giant glass domes, home to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. These spaces host winding gardens with statues of unicorns and dragons, to a several story waterfall you can walk into, are unique plants from around the world- but that’s not the most impressive part. Showcasing their commitment to sustainability, these facilities are powered by glass “flowers” the size of buildings. These flower towers are photovoltaic structures that collect light, water, and other compounds that are turned into energy, making the facility among the most sustainable and environmentally advanced in the world.
International Rose Test Garden, Portland, Oregon
The International Rose Test Garden, more commonly known as the Portland Rose Garden, is the oldest continuously operated rose garden in the United States. Its home to 10,000 roses and sees hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. In 1915, this garden was started as a preserve for hybrid roses grown during World War I, and has been a must-visit stop in Portland ever since. Admission is free and the garden is open everyday year round, although the best time to view the roses is between May and September.
Gardens of Versailles, near Paris, France
No list of plant-wonders is complete without mention of the Gardens of Versailles. This luxurious castle was once just a summer hunting lodge for French royalty in the 1600’s. Louis XIV, King of France from 1643 until 1715, spent much of his time there. During the French Revolution, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, known for their love of luxury, were forced to leave their life of grandeur in Versailles as their constituents were starting on the streets of Paris. In 1789, French courts left Versailles, never to return, and the palace faced an era of neglect through most of the 19th century. The world shed light on Versailles again in 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed and brought World War I to a close. Today, the palace and gardens remain among France’s most prominent attractions and is well worth the train ride an hour out of Paris.
Rio De Janeiro Botanical Gardens, Brazil
The Rio De Janeiro Botanical Gardens in Brazil show case some of South America’s most unique plants. With over 6,000 plant species and 900 different types of palm trees alone, these gardens are well worth a visit. With over 300 acres to explore, and views of famous Rio landmarks including the Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue, these gardens are well worth a visit.
Whether you’re planning your next vacation or pipe dreaming from the office, the world is full of beautiful gardens to visit. If you’re in the Pacific Northwest and cannabis is your preferred type of plant, visit The Gallery today!
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