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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

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Sans Souci, Potsdam, Germany

The former summer palace of Frederick the Great of Prussia, Sans Souci is situated in the town of Postdam. 'Sans souci' is French for 'without a care' and Frederick enjoyed a carefree time at this beautiful rococo palace. The stunning gardens are dotted with dramatic statues of Roman emperors and other highlights include the Chinese teahouse.
Location: Postdam, approx. 40 minutes' drive from Berlin.
More information: spsg.de

Palace of Versailles, France

Arguably the grandest palace garden in the world, Versailles was built for Louis XIV and designed by Andre Le Notre - it was started in 1660 and completed in 1685. 36,000 labourers worked to create the stunning palace and shift the many tonnes of earth required to many the Orangerie, flower beds and sculpture gardens. The highlights include the pink marble Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon, which Louis XiV commissioned as a gift to his queen Marie-Antoinette.
Location: Ile-de-France,20km southwest of Paris
More information: chateauversailles.fr

Suan Nong Nooch, Pattaya,Thailand
The biggest and arguably the most beautiful botanical garden in Southeast Asia, Suan Nong Nooch is a fairytale world of ornamental blooms and tropical plants, pretty houses and fruit plantations, and the park also hosts Thai cultural shows. It attracts more than 2,000 visitors per day who come to see the world's largest palm collection and largest collection of orchids.
Location: Nong Nooch is an easy 25-minute drive from Pattaya.
More information: nongnoochgarden.com

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Make a date to cross Brooklyn Bridge to see this gem of a garden. Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden now stretches across 52-acres and 'houses' 12,000 resident plant species. The star attractions include the Shakespeare Garden, the C. V. Starr Bonsai Museum, and the Cherry Esplanade.
Location: 900 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, New York
More information: bbg.org

Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens, Tokyo, Japan

It's 'Hanami' time. The Japanese custom of Hanami, which means viewing flowers, and now mostly refers to watching the country's famous cherry trees blossom, dates back more than one thousand years. There are numerous places around Japan where you can enjoy the annual Cherry Blossom festivals but when in Tokyo, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens is a perfect spot to see the rhapsody of pink.
More information: (env.go.jp/garden/shinjukugyoen/english).
Location: The gardens are a short walk from Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station, Tokyo.

source from: www.telegraph.co.uk

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