You’ve always wanted to visit Versailles, and that’s fine. But whatever you do, don’t discount these other gorgeous, verdant landscapes across the globe.
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN, PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Rarely do we think of “botanical” and “desert” in the same phrase. For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has shown the world the unique beauty of dry terrain.
KEUKENHOF, LISSE, THE NETHERLANDS
This list wouldn’t be complete without a nod to Holland’s most famous tulip garden. Known as “The Garden of Europe,” come springtime Keukenhof boasts seven million blooms.
THE GARDEN OF COSMIC SPECULATION, PORTRACK HOUSE, SCOTLAND
We’re about to get deep: Most everything in this garden is an artistic reflection of the universe and how we came to be. Created by architect Charles Jencks, this one is a celebration of nature, art, design and whimsy. Oh, and it’s open only one day a year.
CLAUDE MONET’S GARDEN AT GIVERNY, NORMANDY, FRANCE
Visit the place that inspired some of the most famous paintings in the world. Monet was passionate about gardens and worked tirelessly to design and build his own. Despite hiring seven master gardeners, Monet called the shots at his Normandy location.
LIU YUAN GARDEN, JIANGSU, CHINA
This six-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site is separated into four uniquely designed sections: North, South, East and West. Why settle for just seeing one, though? Walk along the corridor that connects the sections and appreciate the calligraphy-lined walls as you stroll.
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Explore the rugged beauty of South African flora at this botanical garden, where sweeping lawns and exotic plants are set against the misty backdrop of Table Mountain.