5 Unbelievably Stunning Gardens
Humans have been fascinated by gardens for millenia and have consistently turned to them as places of both tranquility and wonderment. Gardens across the globe continue to exhibit their unique flora and fauna in hopes of preserving these important landmarks. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon may have been just a figment of the human imagination, but existing gardens show us that it may be possible to find heaven on earth.
Photo by Ariana Kaminski
A Zen Buddhist garden in Kyoto, Japan, Saihō-ji is a unique garden not known for their flowers, but for moss. That’s right–Saihō-ji has over 120 different types of moss carpeting its grounds. In addition to a remarkable moss collection, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the location of historical temples that were once home to legendary Japanese monks.
Limahuli Garden and Preserve
The Limahuli Garden graces the idyllic north shore of Kauaʻi island, Hawaiʻi. The emerald landscape of this breathtaking garden helps conserve native Hawaiian plants. Limahuli is also recognized for having one of the last functioning ahupua’a–a uniquely Hawaiian way of using land to allow existing ecosystems and social structures to share resources.
It can be easy to mistake the Butchart Gardens for a scene straight out of a fairytale. Lush, colorful flowers fill the grounds that are visited by over a million people a year. The garden is considered a National Historic Site of Canada and is located near Victoria in British Columbia.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
A whimsical radial design is the center of this Thai garden in the Chonburi Province. Unlike some of the other gardens in this list, Nong Nooch is a relatively new addition to Thailand’s landscape. Opened in 1980, the garden’s conservation efforts are focused on the cycad, a palm-like plant found in Southeast Asia, Central Africa, and Tropical America.
Stunning blue architecture lies at the heart of Jardin Majorelle, a garden in Marrakech, Morocco. The garden was created by and named after Jacques Majorelle, a French painter. On site is the Berber Museum, which exhibits both Amazigh cultural artifacts and Majorelle’s paintings.
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