Nothing says spring and summer quite like fresh flowers and the chance to get lost in a beautiful garden oasis. From Holland’s tulip fields to the desert plants of Arizona, stunning gardens can be found all around the world—here are some of our favorite floral masterpieces.
Claude Monet’s Gardens
On the site of Claude Monet’s home is the garden he spent the last forty-or-so years of his life digging, planting, weeding, and painting. Admire the water lilies, weeping willows, and wisteria-covered bridges that inspired his iconic artwork.
Known as the “Garden of Europe”, Keukenhof is the preeminent destination for viewing tulips. You can spot up to 800 varieties of these colorful bulbs, plus see daffodils, hyacinths, lilies, and more.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
Na Chom Thian, Thailand
This 600-acre garden and research center boasts the largest variety of palms anywhere, as well as a wide array of orchids and endangered cycads. The large-scale animal sculptures are a major highlight, too.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond, United Kingdom
Housing more than 50,000 living plants, Kew’s mission is to be the global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. There’s even a conservatory containing plants from ten different climate zones.
Desert Botanical Gardens
Nestled amid the red rocks of the Sonoran Desert is the finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts around the world, from towering cacti and alluring succulents to brilliant wildflowers and lush trees.
Gardens of Versailles
This expansive garden sprawls across nearly 2,000 acres of land. Designed with symmetry and order, you’ll find manicured lawns, immaculate topiaries, and sculptures and fountains that date back to the time of Louis XIV.
Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
There’s nothing quite like seeing an impressive 150 million flowers in full bloom at this one-of-a-kind garden. As you walk through this botanical wonder you’ll find everything from Disney characters to a life-size plane transformed into colorful flower displays.