A few flowers planted in the backyard may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a garden. However, gardens can be so much more than just a few plants. From a billion dollar garden to a Papal sanctuary, these gardens are some of the greatest gardens in the world.
1. Biggest Garden in the World
Leave it to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to create the biggest garden in the world. Named after the ruler of Dubai, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens is 56 million square feet of lush gardens smack dab in the middle of the desert. It is probably the most expensive garden in the world, as well. The gardens, which are part of a larger metropolitan project, came with an AED200 billion price tag, which is the equivalent of more than $50 billion.
2. World’s Largest Flower Garden
The Netherlands’ Keukenhof Gardens is the largest bulb flower park in the world. The garden features 7 million hand-planted flowers, including more than 4.5 million tulips. The 32-hectare garden also includes 2,500 trees of 87 different varieties. In the past 60 years, more than 44 million visitors have visited Keukenhof Gardens.
3. Beautiful Botanic Garden
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is often recognized as one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. The garden, which was founded in 1859, features native plants, several lakes, a children’s garden and more. In 2001, the Heritage Trees program was launched to support the conservation of mature, native trees in the country. Eleven of the 14 trees in the Singapore Botanic Gardens were ultimately designated as Heritage Trees.
4. A Garden Fit for a Queen
Truly a garden fit for a queen, the gardens at the Palace of Versailles in France will leave you breathless. The French gardens were designed by Andre Le Notre and feature ponds, fountains, thousands of trees and a labyrinth commissioned by King Louis XIV. In 1979, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named both the gardens and the palace a World Heritage Site.
5. A Garden Fit for a Pope
The gardens at the Palace of Versailles were created for French royalty and the gardens at The Vatican were created for some Papal peace and quiet. Pope Nicholas III created the Vatican Gardens in 1279 when he returned to Vatican City from the Lateran Palace. Pope Nicholas III’s garden was the first garden in the Vatican.
6. A Ming Dynasty Garden
China’s Ming Dynasty brought us gorgeous ceramics and amazing architecture, including the famous Forbidden City. Something more natural also came out of the Ming Dynasty – the Humble Administrator’s Garden. The 13-acre garden was built in the early 16th century and features, lakes, streams, a rain pavilion, bonsai sculptures, zigzagging bridges and more.
Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculpture garden off the coast of Grenada is the perfect example of art meeting nature. The 65 sculptures are helping create an artificial reef to help sustain the sea life in the region. The sculpture garden is between two and eight meters underwater, the perfect depth for divers and snorkelers. If you’d like to see this unique underwater sculpture garden but would prefer to stay dry, a glass-bottomed boat tour is your answer.
Even if you don’t quite have the square footage of some of these gardens, it’s easy to see that a garden can add an element of tranquil beauty to a property. Who knows? Maybe there are some ideas here that you can apply to your own backyard landscaping visions, to create tranquil spaces of your own this season.