These magnificent botanical gardens, which are repositories of rare flora, havens of tranquilly, and places of exceptional beauty, are the living, breathing heart of the towns in which they are located.
- 1. Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City, United States of America
- 3. The Singapore Botanical Garden is home to some beautiful orchids (Dreamstime)
- 4. Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens
- 5. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England
- 6. Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado, United States of America
- 7. Cape Town, South Africa's Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
- 8. Botanical Garden of Montreal, Canada
- 9. Thailand's Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Garden
1. Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The 140-hectare Jardim Botânico in Rio de Janeiro, located at the foot of Corcovado Mountain and under the watchful eye of Christ the Redeemer, is home to more than 6,500 different kinds of plants.
The park, which was established in 1808 by King John VI of Portugal, was initially meant to acclimatise spices from the West Indies, such as nutmeg, pepper, and cinnamon before they were sent to European markets. It first opened its doors to the public in 1822, and it continues to be one of the most significant botanical study centres in the country today.
A favourite attraction for birdwatchers, who come to the gardens to see the uncommon white-necked hawk, which is easier to detect in the gardens than it is in the wild, are the gardens.
2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City, United States of America
This 52-acre garden, which is located in the Prospect Park neighbourhood, was established in 1910 and receives more than 900,000 visitors each year. More than 200 cherry trees, representing 42 distinct species and cultivars, can be found here, making it one of the finest locations outside of Japan to see cherry blossoms in bloom.
The Steinhardt Conservatory contains a large collection of indoor plants in three climate-controlled pavilions, one for tropical, one for mild temperate, and one for dessert floras, all of which are located on the grounds of the New York Botanical Garden. It also has a children's garden, which is the world's longest continuously running children's garden inside a botanic garden. There's also an art gallery on-site, as well as an art gallery.
3. The Singapore Botanical Garden is home to some beautiful orchids (Dreamstime)
The Singapore Botanic Garden, which has been located on the outskirts of bustling Orchard Road for more than 158 years, is the only tropical garden to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the organisation. In addition, it is something of a Mecca for orchid enthusiasts, with more than 20,000 specimens of this delicate flower scattered around the grounds.
Additionally, a children's garden, an evolution garden, a herb garden, a rainforest, and a colony of wild monkeys can be found in this 183-acre botanical park. As a result, it is one of the most visited tourist sites in Singapore.
4. Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens have a great location on Sydney Harbour, with the city's spectacular Opera House situated on its western entrance, on the outskirts of Sydney's soaring central business area. The garden, which was founded in 1816, is Australia's oldest scientific organisation.
In 2013, a large flock of fruit bats, believed to number over 20,000 at times, were controversially relocated by playing loud music in the park. Ironically, the bats relocated to natural woodland in the city's north, which was set to be destroyed to make room for a road. The road's construction has been postponed awaiting the results of an environmental evaluation of the bats' health.
5. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England
The world's biggest collection of plants is housed in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, which is located beside the Thames. It contains about 30,000 different types of plants, one of the world's biggest herbariums, and a library with over 750,000 volumes, including valuable writings by renowned botanists like Joseph Banks, which was founded in 1840.
A Water Lily House, a Temperate House, a Palm House, and a Conservatory are all part of the park, which is one of three botanical gardens designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
6. Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado, United States of America
The Denver Botanic Gardens not only has North America's biggest collection of plants from cold temperate regions, but it also has a subterranean amphitheatre that holds summer performances. So, after seeing the alpine wildflower garden, you might be jamming out to Melissa Etheridge or grooving to Chaka Khan.
The 23-acre gardens are located on the grounds of the former Prospect Hill cemetery. While the majority of the corpses were removed in 1893, some of them renowned outlaws from the Wild, Wild West, more have been ‘recovered' since then, including four graves discovered during the park's irrigation and sprinkler system restoration in 2010.
7. Cape Town, South Africa's Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, is one of the most beautiful in the world. It was the first site in the world to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the few in the world to grow exclusively native species. And to think it was once a run-down farm with brambles, feral pigs, and rusted agricultural equipment.
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, a curving steel and wood bridge that twists and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum, was built to commemorate the park's centennial in 1913. Locals call it "The Boomslang" (tree snake) since it was inspired by a snake skeleton.
8. Botanical Garden of Montreal, Canada
The Montréal Botanique Garden was established in 1931 and is still a popular destination in the city. A Chinese Garden with a variety of bonsai and penjing, a Japanese Garden with Japanese plants, and a First Nations Garden with only Canadian plants are among the attractions.
The park is particularly well-known for its oddball art pieces. In 2018, there will be a road lined with animal shelters, all of which will be constructed on a human size. Visitors are invited to go inside and see the kind of accommodations that Quebec's animals, birds, and insects like.
9. Thailand's Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Garden
The Nongnooch botanical garden, which is situated on 500 acres of undulating hills and valleys behind Pattaya, is the idea of Mrs Nongnooch, who was inspired by the beauty of world-renowned gardens to transform her fruit orchard into a tropical paradise of beautiful flowers and plants. It became one of the region's most popular attractions when it opened to the public in 1980.
The gardens are a delectable blend of Thai architecture and European-style gardening. There's a flower valley, orchid garden, and ant hill, as well as a French and European garden and more tropical delights including a flower valley, orchid garden, and ant hill. A Dinosaur Valley has just been added to the park's attractions, including life-size reproductions of oviraptors, styracosaurus, and cryolophosaurus.