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Monet's Gardens at Giverny, France
The world famous gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet attracts art buffs and garden lovers in equal measure. The two main gardens surrounding the artist's house, a flower garden called The Clos Normand and The Water Garden are maintained as living works of art. The Water Garden with its Japanese bridge covered with wisterias and mass of waterlillies inspired one of the artist's greatest works.
Location: Situated in the village of Giverny, 80km from Paris.
More information: giverny.org/gardens. Picture: Alamy
Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, The Netherlands
Love spring flowers? Marvel at the vast tapestry of colourful tulips and acres of spring blooms at the world famous Keukenhof Gardens - the largest bulb park in the world. This park, which is more like an art installation than a garden, wows visitors with a stunning display comprising more than seven million flowers.
Location: Situated in Lisse, a 40-minute drive from The Hague.
More information: keukenhof.nl
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England
Kew Gardenscomprises21 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses as well as Kew Palace, and horticultural museums and galleries. The star attractions include The Waterlily House, a hothouse containing a large pond with varieties of waterlily, The Palm House and the Alpine House. And don't miss the treetop walkway - 18 metres (59 ft) high and 200 metres (660 ft) long, it takes visitors into the tree canopy of a woodland glade.
Location: between Richmond and Kew in southwest London, England.
More information: kew.org
Butchart Gardens, British Columbia, Canada
Canada's show-stopping landscape gardens comprise 55 acres ofbrilliant blooms and shrubs. Established in 1904,Butchart Gardens has grown to become one British Colombia's star tourist attractions. Highlights include the dramatic Sunken Garden and new floral displays are on show for each new season.
Location: Near Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Colombia.
More information: butchartgardens.com
Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Italy
An artistic masterpiece of a garden, Villa d'Este is now a listed UNESCO world heritage landmark. This bewitching complex of fountains and colourful flower gardens was built on the site of a dilapidated Benedictine monastery in 1572. The star draws include the intricate network of Renaissance fountains and waterworks, notably the Avenue of the Hundred Fountains - a series of fountains in the shapes of boats, flowers and animal heads.
Location: Viale delle Centro Fontane, nearTivoli, 34 km east of Rome.
More information: villadestetivoli.info