Gardens are a uniquely beautiful part of the human experience, bringing together the best of the natural world in all its majesty with the cutting edge of human design and craft. Join us as we take a tour of some of the world’s most beautiful gardens; we’ve chosen one outstanding garden from every continent.
Kirstenbosch is rightly one of the world’s foremost botanical gardens, nestling against the east slopes of the iconic Table Mountain. The garden focuses its efforts on showing off indigenous South African flora, which means the plants you’ll see here are at their very best, in their proper climate. Kirstenbosch doubles up as 528-hectare nature reserve, where hundreds of species of bird and beast thrive in safety.
Park Güell is a living testament to the genius of Gaudi, that greatest of Spanish architects who gave us the most sublime of modern cathedrals: La Sagrada Familia. The Barcelona park is an astounding sensory experience, brimming with beautiful plant species and inspired architectural flourishes.
Recently voted the best public garden in the whole of North America by the readers of USA Today, Longwood Gardens is a true idyll, complete with rose garden and open air theatre fountain shows. Especially beloved is the meadow garden, which houses hundreds of species of wildflowers and over three miles of scenic hiking trails.
Singapore’s world-famous Botanic Gardens offer a window back onto the time when the bustling city state was a real jungle, not just an urban one. The much loved gardens were founded in 1888, and have survived to this day as a reminder of the tropical wonders which are native to this part of the world.
Brazilian Roberto Burle Marx is widely regarded as having been one of the greatest landscape gardeners to have ever lived – they say he ‘painted with flowers’. Sitio Roberto Burle Marx at the 100-acre Barra de Guaratiba estate is his masterpiece, with thousands of species of flowers on show in configurations designed by the great man himself.