Beautiful Gardens: Rieker’s Top 10 Most Scenic Gardens in the World

For an unfathomable amount of time, gardens have been a place where people seek solace and quiet reflection.

Whether that’s enjoying a long walk along their paths, cultivating them, or just sitting and watching the world go by on a bench – a garden is synonymous with peace and seclusion.

Enjoyed worldwide, there are some truly stunning gardens dotted about our little green planet. Here at Rieker, we have compiled a ten strong list of the world’s most scenic gardens, so grab your boots and explore them with us below!

 

Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, U.S.A

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, U.S.A

Widely regarded as the world’s finest of its kind outside of Japan, if you’re ever in Oregon, the Portland Japanese Garden is a must-see spectacle of autumnal colours, ornate sculptures and serene, cascading waterfalls.

Tucked into the West Hills and overlooking the bustling city below, the gardens have provided a tranquil refuge from the hubbub of the city for both inhabitants and visitors alike since 1963.

Spanning 12 acres, it includes eight individual gardens connected by a tributary of secluded walkways and meandering streams. You’ll find yourself lost but not caring between the garden’s authentic Japanese Tea House, sculptures and breathtaking views of Mount Hood.

 

Kenrokuen

Kenrokuen, Kanazawa, Japan

Kenrokuen, Kanazawa, Japan

Staying with the Japanese theme, this time we travel East to Japan itself, and the stunning Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa.

Regarded by many as one of the finest examples of Japanese gardens, Kenrokuen (along with Korakuen and Kairakuen) is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, conceived in the mid-17th century, it took around 200 years in total to complete.

Comprised of 11.4 hectares of land next to Kanazawa Castle, the sprawling gardens are famed for their scale and unique beauty. Inside its walls, you will find ‘Kasumigake’, a huge pond which circles a remote island, as well as Japan’s oldest fountain and the Yūgao-tei tea house, the oldest building in the garden – built in 1774.  

 

Keukenhof

Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

The largest flower garden in the world is always worth a visit, so Keukenhof has got to make this list.

Situated in the Netherlands in the Western town of Lisse, Keukenhof covers a huge 32 hectares and iis home to 7 million flowering plants. Due to this being a seasonal flowering garden, you’ll find that the garden is only open in the springtime – so strap on your walking sandals and visit around late March to late May.

Though the time window may be short, it’s most certainly worth it. Catching the iconic tulips in full bloom is a sight to behold, while the garden also boasts the world’s largest collection of lilies.

 

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand

The 500 acres of Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden are situated in the popular city of Pattaya in Eastern Thailand.

The garden boasts the largest display of flowering plants in the country, all presented in a stunning symmetry and striking colour scheme that truly compliments the garden’s lush surroundings.

As well as the natural beauty of Nong Nooch, visitors can also enjoy presentations of the Thai culture, elephant shows and riding, fishing ponds and boat padding.

 

Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles, Versaille, France

Gardens of Versailles, Versaille, France

The Gardens of Versailles is one of those places that you’ve probably heard of, but never visited. Well it’s time you changed that!

Designed by famed gardener André Le Nôtre and commissioned in 1661 by Louis XIV, the gardens are set in 800 hectares of land. This includes 300 hectares of forest; 35 kilometers of canal, 600 fountains, 372 statues and hundreds of acres of flowering plants. In short, it’s a spectacle that simply must be seen, and a fantastic place to give your hiking sandals a thorough runout.

If you’re looking for an oasis of opulence, the Gardens of Versailles are a simply breathtaking example of formal French landscape design.

 

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom

Nestled inside the Kew district of London, you’ll find Kew Royal Botanic Gardens; 326 acres of stunning landscape that are also a famed world heritage site.

Not only is Kew a fine example of horticultural expertise, it’s also an internationally recognised research institution too. They employ hundreds of scientists who are dedicated to conservation and unearthing the unique, undiscovered scientific and medical properties of plants too.

As well as 50,000 different species of flora, you’ll find scientifically controlled climatic zones from deserts to jungles, stunning buildings, greenhouses and even art galleries.

 

Jardin Majorelle

The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco

Jardin Majorelle is a stunning 12 acre botanical landscape garden in Marrakech, Morocco. Designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle in the ‘20s, he lovingly crafted this stunning garden around his own villa over the space of four decades.

The gardens are famed for their stunning blue and yellow themed paintwork, which is accented across buildings, gates, plant pots and fountains. Such is the striking nature of the garden, renowned French designer Yves Saint Laurent fell in love with Jardin Majorelle, purchasing it in 1980.

Among its walls you will find the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, which houses a host of stunning North African pottery and textiles – as well as paintings from Majorelle himself.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa

Kirstenbosch is truly one of the world’s most stunning attractions. Surrounded by the iconic, natural beauty of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, they provide one of the most dramatic backdrops to a truly unique botanical garden.

A paradise for walkers and nature enthusiasts alike, the gardens were first founded in 1913 in an effort to preserve South Africa’s unique and diverse plant life. While Kirstenbosch itself is a generous 90 acres, the garden is nestled inside a stunning 1,300 acre-wide nature reserve, making this a hit among travellers and trailblazers.

 

Ji Chang Juan

Ji Chang Juan, Jiangsu, China

Ji Chang Juan, Jiangsu, China

The 16th century garden of Ji Chang Yuan is hidden away inside the idyllic Xihui Park. Though the garden itself only occupies around 1 acre of land; the majesty, depth and natural beauty of its features will have you transfixed and lost nonetheless.

A tranquil, musical stream flows through the garden to a large pond, where on its banks you will find an eye-catching pavilion extending over the calm of the water.

Ji Chang Yuan is truly a place for backpackers to bask in the calm and serenity of a uniquely stunning Chinese garden, and so it makes our list.

 

Claude Monet’s Garden

Claude Monet's lily pond, Giverny, France

Claude Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France

A garden which inspires so much wonderous art is surely worth a visit? That’s why Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny is an easy inclusion on our list of ten.

To quote the man himself, “my garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” – and thousands of visitors each year seem to agree!

Divided into two parts, the garden is separated into a tranquil, lily-filled water garden and a colour-splashed flowering garden. It’s so easy to freeze frame the stunning surroundings and imagine yourself lost in one of Monet’s magnificent paintings.

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