10 Unique Gardens Around the World

Posted March 6, 2013 by Elica Sue in Top 10

Gardens are not only enhancements to a a home or certain grounds, but they can also represent a country or region’s culture. For instance, the plants and flowers that grow in Russia are definitely different from those in Brasil. The architecture that stands in the middle of Japan’s gardens won’t be found in a garden in England. Gardens are specific to their dwelling, and compliment the grounds on which they reside; so stop and smell the flowers! Let’s take a look at these ten beautiful and unique gardens from around the world.

1.

Kanazawa, Japan

Japanese botanical gardens are probably one of the most recognizable types of gardens; with their popularity, they can be found worldwide from California to Lithuania. Their elements are hard to miss and are exactly what make them unique, from the elegant bridges, to the serene ponds, and to their sculptures.

Zen Garden - Kenrokuen, Takayama, Japan

A zen garden in Kanazawa, Japan.
Flickr photo by Ame Otoko.

2.

Maine, United States of America

As one of the youngest countries in the world, the United States has a youthful and vibrant personality, reflected in this garden. The bright pink and yellow flowers, and the various shades of green foliage give the garden a dynamic and energetic look; not to mention the fountain–it still makes the garden peaceful, but the ripples which give it another dimension.

Maine Botanical Gardens

At the Maine Botanical Gardens in Maine, USA.
Flickr photo by puritani35.

3.

São Paulo, Brazil

Brazil is popularly one of the few countries in South America whose national language isn’t Spanish, and everything from their language to their culture sets them apart from their neighboring countries; this garden leaves behind the idea of ‘South America’ and lets Brazil stand on its own. This garden in São Paulo gives a tranquil air with the reflection of the trees in the water, as well as the lily pads that float above.

Jardim Botânico, São Paulo, Brasil - Botanical Garden, São Paulo, Brazil

A botanical garden in São Paulo, Brasil.
Flickr photo by Faciam.

4.

Giverny, France

The unique element about this garden is that it was the famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet’s, house. It was Giverny, France and the gardens that grew around his house that inspired most of his paintings. The plants and flowers growing against the house give it a magical, fairytale atmosphere.

Claude Monet's Garden, Giverny, France

Claude Monet’s garden located in Giverny, France.
Flickr photo by MD111.

5.

Suzhou, China

Japanese and Chinese gardens may appear similar, but due to the pure difference of their cultures and difference of their locations, visiting a Chinese garden in China would be a completely new experience; you might not even notice the similarities once you’ve visited both.

Bamboo Hall in the Humble Administrator's Garden

A garden in Suzhou, China.
Flickr photo by IceNineJohn.

6.

Brisbane, Australia

This garden could perhaps be labeled, ‘the garden that doesn’t belong,’ because it looks so different from the others. The types of plants and trees, and the small running river almost make it seem like something you would find deep in the jungle. Its difference doesn’t make it any less beautiful, but its difference makes it distinct.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens

A garden in Brisbane, Australia.
Flickr photo by BrisBrad.

7.

Aurangabad, India

India, a cultural feast in itself, is also one of the distinct gardens. The architecture of the building stands as a testament to such a specific architecture, but the columns in the middle might remind us of another famous Indian structure–the Taj Mahal.

Mughal Gardens

Mughal Gardens in Aurangabad, India.
Flickr photo by Cajie.

8.

Beckley, England

Topiary gardens have always held a spell over me, and I’ve found myself enchanted with these half-natural, half-man-sculpted trees–which is perhaps what makes them so different from other gardens. The vibrant foliage in itself breathes a breath of life, while their unconventional shapes create a playful, other-world feel.

Topiary

Topiary trees in a garden in Beckley, England.
Flickr photo by Arenamontanus.

9.

Moscow, Russia

Russia is often deemed and pictured as cold and frosty, but this would say otherwise. The palette of colored flowers work in perfect harmony with not only themselves, but also with the cream-colored walls and teal of the roof of the building that stands behind them. Their scattered colors and well-kept appearance makes it appear clean and sophisticated.

Alexandrovsky Gardens

The Alexandrovsky Gardens in Moscow, Russia.
Photo by bbmexplorer.

10.

Cornwall, England

The simple elegance of English gardens are what make them stunning and perfect for relaxing, and for drinking tea if you wanted to! There’s something different about each English garden which makes it special in its own way, whether it’s the house on the corner or the trees that stand behind it.



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A holiday home’s garden in Cornwall, England.
Photo by Marsden Holiday Cottages

 


About the Author

Elica Sue

Elica Sue is WildJunket's web editor and writer specializing in languages and student travel. Based in California, she grew up with an exposure to a menagerie of culture, language, and art, and is a student pursuing what she is most passionate about: writing, traveling, and learning languages. She blogs at Travelengua.

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