5 World Famous Flower Gardens and the Best Time to Visit Them
Flower gardens have been popular places to visit since prehistoric tribes wandered the forests picking wild flowers. They’ve inspired artists, writers, musicians and delivered joyful memories to millions of people.
From the Gardens of Versailles in France to the Tropical Botanical Gardens of Nongnooch, Thailand we’ve lined up a bud-filled bucket list for your next holiday!
Dubai Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden was first opened on Valentine’s Day in 2013. It is the world’s largest natural flower garden, featuring 100 million blooming buds.
The gardens were established as a strategy to provide a tourist attraction that would have a positive impact upon the natural environment, as a contribution to the world’s growing interest in climate change.
Flowers shipped from around the globe are fashioned into a variety of shapes across the park. Hearts, stars, animals, an aeroplane and entire structures adorn the greens in a flowery wonderland that puts grins to faces of young and old alike. Of particular note is the circular Butterfly Garden, containing nine flower filled domes, totalling an area of 1800 square metres.
Best time to visit: Between December and February
What not to miss: The floral clock, aeroplane and Butterfly Garden
Gardens of Versailles
The Gardens of Versailles are an historic gem in the heart of France, and were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. The grounds of Versailles, including the lavish gardens, are famous for serving as the seat of the French monarchy from 1682 under the reign of Louis XIV until the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789.
The majestic gardens are home to thousands of trees and flowers, sourced from all over France. The gardens also boast a grand canal and approximately 50 fountains. The orangerie, which comprises citrus plants imported from Italy and Spain over two centuries ago, is an attraction in itself.
This is a place perfect for a stroll through time, a bike ride along the groves, or a surf down the canal to soak up the green.
Best time to visit: Between April and October
What not to miss: The plants of the orangerie, and the beautiful tulip gardens.
Montreal Botanical Gardens
The Montreal Botanical Gardens were officially founded in 1931 by Brother Marie-Victorin and Henry Teuscher. Since the construction of the reception gardens in 1936, the site has grown to include an Arboretum, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden and Insectarium.
Approximately 22000 species are planted and exhibited at the Montreal Botanical Gardens, within 20 themed exhibits, and 10 greenhouses. The Courtyard of the Senses invites a floral experience to tickle the nose and hands, designed to cater for visually impaired guests. Also of interest is the Toxic Plants Garden, exhibiting 40 poisonous species.
Best time to visit: From March to May or September to November
What not to miss: The colourful rose beds, Toxic Plants exhibit and Insectarium.
Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Garden
Nongnooch opened in 1980 as a public garden which put on a daily Thai cultural show within a theatre on the grounds. Originally a fruit orchard occupying a 600-acre site, it was converted to a garden after Mrs Nongnooch Tanascha was inspired by the world renowned gardens she visited abroad.
The flower gardens are grouped thematically, ranging from the colourful Butterfly Hill to the historic Stonehenge Garden. The Animal Kingdom Exhibit offers a wildlife walk-through experience, the dinosaur enclosure simulating a trip through the jurassic! For cultural flair, the park includes Asian, Caribbean and European focused floral exhibits.
Best time to visit: Between November and February
What not to miss: The Animal Kingdom Exhibit, elephant show and orchid arrangements
Keukenhof: The Garden of Europe
At the Dutch Keukenhof Gardens you can be delighted by flowers and hybrids from all over Europe, as well as the stately castle built in 1641. The name “Keukenhof” derives from much earlier in the 15th century, when Countess Jacqueline of Bavaria had herbs picked from the grounds for her kitchen. “Keukenhof” literally means “kitchen garden”.
The park itself was opened in 1950, and since the gardens have taken hold as the focal point for Dutch floral culture. It offers florists a great opportunity to network with figures in the industry, and to showcase their flowers and the variety of events hosted by the grounds.
Best time to visit: March to mid May
What not to miss: Keukenhof Castle and the tulip gardens
A Bud-Filled Bucket List!
These are only five of the famous gardens from across the world. There is so much more out there in the world of flowers to inspire, and bring joy to heavy hearts.
If you’d like to gift a taste of what these gardens have to offer, contact the friendly team at Fresh Flowers! We’d be delighted to help you choose flowers for any occasion.