Wednesday, August 17, 2011

10 Biggest Gardens In The World

10. The Botanical Garden of Bucharest (Romania)

Botanical Garden of Bucharest now named after its founder, Dimitrie Brândză, is located in the Cotroceni neighborhood of Bucharest, Romania. It has a surface of 17.5 hectares (including 4,000 m² of greenhouses), and has more than 10,000 species of plants. Founded in 1860, the Botanical Gardens were moved in the actual place in 1892, when the Botanical Institute was built; it was however destroyed during the great air raid of April 4, 1944. In 1961 the Botanical Museum was opened, hosted by a building set up in Brâncoveanu style. The herbarum hosts half a million pages with dry collections of plants, while the greenhouses host rare and exotic plants. The gardens themselves are a pleasant place for a walk.

9. The Boboli Gardens Of Florence (Italy)
One of the most beautiful and wonderful gardens of Italy. The garden area is behind the main palace complex and stretches for around 2 miles in circular paths. It has numerous statuaries interspersed and a lot of pool side gardens, and hidden walk paths. The Boboli Gardens remain one of the best examples of Italian-style gardens, where trimmed hedges compete with wilderness in a beautifully organized ensemble, punctuated with numerous statues and fountains. From the Palazzo Pitti, the gardens rise up a small hill, so it’s also possible to enjoy great views of the city.

8. Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Florida (USA)

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a center for Japanese arts and culture located west of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. Japanese are known for their culture and traditions, here in this garden Japanese culture& tradition meet Florida’s nature. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The place surprises the visitors by showcasing a century-old connection between Japan and South Florida and by a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Morikami Park offers 200 acres of tranquil pine forest, nature trails, lakes and waterfalls, shaded picnic pavilions, Japanese Gardens and bonsai collections.

7. Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculpture garden (Grenada)
Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculpture garden situated in the coast of Grenada is built with the idea to provide “an ideal habitat for filter feeding organisms.” It’s a rare case when a piece of sculpture means as much to the surrounding wildlife as it does to the humans who come to admire it. Such is the situation of Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculpture garden. This is the best example where art meets environment, Jason uses real people to create the “life casts” made from materials which encourage coral to grow. The sculptures have been made from a special type of cement, 10 times harder than normal.

6. The Humble Administrator’s Garden (China)

The Humble Administrator’s Garden, covering about 52,000 sq. meters (12.85 acres), is located in Suzhou, China. Due to its unique designs and ethereal beauty, the garden has garnered many special honors. It is listed as a World Cultural Heritage site and has also been designated as one of the Cultural Relics of National Importance under the Protection of the State as well as a Special Tourist Attraction of China.
It was built around 1509AD during the Ming Dynasty by the imperial inspector. He was tired of official life and wanted a garden to retire to. He got the name for the garden from an essay called “To cultivate my garden and sell my vegetable crop is the policy of humble man”. Water takes up 3/5 of the whole garden. You will come across ponds, water streams and lakes wherever you go in the garden, zigzagging bridges while connect you to the pieces of lands, they also slow down your walk to make your walk more blissful.

5. The gardens at The Vatican (Vatican)
In the midst of Rome there is a domain made holy by the presence of the remains of St. Peter. The great dome of the basilica rises above the tomb, and around it are the gardens of the Vatican, a tiny independent state and a symbol of the spiritual empire which is the Roman Catholic Church. It is such a strange place and a world of beauty, might, and magnitude of architecture and art. The Vatican Gardens have been a place of quiet and meditation for the Popes ever since 1279 when Nicholas III (Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, 1277-1280) moved his residence back to the Vatican from the Lateran Palace.

4. The garden at the Palace of Versailles (France)
The French gardens were designed by Andre Le Notre and feature ponds, fountains, thousands of trees and a labyrinth commissioned by King Louis XIV. In 1979, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named both the gardens and the palace a World Heritage Site.
Among others, the garden have the Palace of Versailles, King’s bedroom, Marie-Antoinette’s Estate : Temple of Love, a sweet pond, a cute mill and the Queens house. If you get a chance, walk out along the canal (where the royals used to play at sea battles) and take a look at the forested area. Many of the huge, ancient trees were knocked over by the hurricane speed winds that swept through in 1989.

3. Botanic Gardens (Singapore)

Singapore’s Botanic garden is not just a place to relax and admire nature but also a place for learning and research in botanical & horticultural field. The 150-year old Singapore Botanic Gardens is a star visitor attraction for the sophisticated travelers, researchers as well as the local resident. This Garden possesses an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Complementing these unique resources are sensitive developments providing visitors educational and recreational facilities. Garden with deep history and breathtaking view is spread across 7 and half acres of land. Orchid garden, Symphony Lake, Swam lake and Botanical Gardens Waterfall are few of the main attractions of the garden.

2. Keukenhof Gardens (Netherlands)
Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden, spread over 32-hectares and attracting over 800,000 visitors each year. This number is very impressive since the gardens are only open for a few weeks each year during the spring season. Keukenhof, which is also the world’s most photographed garden, as famous for its most stunning tulips, opens its gate to the public for the short period of two months- March to May.
You visit it once, and you will fell inspired by what you see, the shapes, the smells, the colors, the arrangements, the varieties, and it will become difficult for you to not to return here in the next spring for more stunning nature.

1. Mohammad Bin Rashid Garden (UAE)

Mohammad Bin Rashid Garden is one of the wonders of Dubai. The Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens, an ambitious AED 200bn parks project launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has received wide acclaimed across the UAE on account of the balance it promises to strike between ecological integrity and real estate necessity.
It consists of four houses. The first, the “House of Wisdom”, includes translation houses, a central library, knowledge gardens, international organizations’ quarters, international universities, history and science colleges, a mosque and Sheikh Mohammad’s masjid. The second is the “House of Humanity”, and includes buildings and quarters for the House of Giving for charity, Sheikh Mohammad’s Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, Unicef, the museum of light, the human civilization museum and charity foundations.
The “House of Nature” is one of the project’s main houses, which includes family parks, themed gardens, scientific labs that specializes in environmental issues, institutes, and colleges that specializes in the natural sciences, hotels, recreational clubs, an enormous zoo, flower gardens and alternative medical and herbal clinics. The project’s fourth and final house, the House of Commerce, includes buildings, towers, trademark agents, higher education institutions in banking and the financial sciences, insurance companies, branches of large international companies and Islamic and international banks.

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