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If you’re into gorgeous gardens filled with flowers, foliage, trees, and bushes, you need to see these five beautiful ornamental gardens from around the world.

The Claude Monet Garden, Giverny, France

Six trellices centered along a wide path lined with thick flora and fawna of all colors.
“Claude Monet house and garden in Giverny” by Michal Osmenda is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Actually two gardens, Claude Monet began work on these masterpieces way back in 1883 when he moved to Giverny with his family. If you’re visiting France, do yourself a favor and fork out the 12 Euros (7.50 for children) that it costs to see both The Clos Normand and The Water Garden.

Learn more about the Claude Monet Gardens in Giverny.

Keukenhof Garden, Amsterdam, Holland

Crows of tourists move through a garden pcked full of flowers of every type and color imagineable.
“Keukenhof-Szmurlo” by Cszmurlo is licensed under CC BY 2.5

Tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils, oh my! Flower lovers be warned: if you ever get the chance to visit Holland, the Keukenhof garden will make you fall in love. Also known as the “Garden of Europe” this garden has more flowers than almost any other garden anywhere in the world.

Learn more about Keukenhof Garden in Amsterdam.

Le Nôtre’s Gardens, Pallace of Versailles, France

An aerial shot of massive ornamental gardens, appearing maze-like, with a circular pool in the middle, surrounded by potted trees.
“Le Nôtre’s gardens” by Guillaume Speurt is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Designed (technically renovated, as the gardens already existed) by André Le Nôtre in the time of Louis XIV, the ornamental gardens surrounding the Palace of Versailles are some of the most ornate in the world. The renovation of the palace gardens took place from approximately 1661 to 1701 and still today inspire owe in those who are lucky enough to visit them.

Learn more about Le Nôtre’s Gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

Villa d’Este Gardens, Tivoli, Italy

A garden tril lined by green hedges surround by trees of several species. Villa D'Este is visible in the background.
Tivoli: Villa D’Este” by Stefano Costantini is licensed under CC BY 2.0

A genuinely remarkable and world-renowned representation of the Renaissance era, the Gardens at Villa D’Este draw thousands upon thousands of tourists from around the world each year. With its 500 fountains and lavish landscape, it is the perfect location for a sunset stroll in Tivoli.

Learn more about the Villa D’Este Garden in Tivoli.

Butchart Garden, Victoria, British Columbia

A giant garden with evergreens, shbrubs, pines, lots of colorful flowers, and other trees, bushes, and plantlife. A trail goes through the center of it.
“Butchart_gardens” by NorwegianMarcus (cropped by Pine) is licensed under CC BY 1.0

Well over a century old, the breathtaking Butchart Garden was originally designed as a tea garden by the Japanese garden designer, Isaburo Kishida at Esquimalt Gorge Park in Victoria. Today, the garden is as widely popular as it was over 100-years ago.

Learn more about Butchart Garden in Victoria.


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