The Royal Botanic Gardens

Sydney in Australia

This garden is one of three within Sydney and is free for the public to access. Overlooking Farm Cove near to the world famous Sydney Opera House, the gardens cover 30 hectares and were founded in 1816. If you are looking to relax or learn about the vast array of plants that are displayed in the gardens then this one is perfect. There’s plenty to see, with a number of ponds, a pyramid glasshouse and even a colony of Bats. In fact, you could spend the whole day out in one of the city’s most renowned gardens.

Kew Gardens

London in the United Kingdom

This garden is one of the most popular attractions in London and many people from all corners of the world pay a visit if they are in the vicinity. Not only are the gardens popular for those interested in horticulture but Kew is also at the forefront of plant science and conservation. They study plants, helping to protect them for the future. The next time you’re in London, make sure you pay a visit to Kew.

Claude Monet Gardens

Giverny in France

Situated in northern France, Claude Monet Gardens are known to many people around the world. Monet spotted Giverny when he passed through the village whilst on a train. He decided that he wanted to move there and in 1890 he had the money to be able to buy the property and the land. He then set out to create the gardens he wanted to paint, which is where the inspiration for the famous 1899 Water Lily Pond painting started. Monet lived in the same house from 1883 until he passed away in 1926. If you are keen to visit the gardens they have been open to the public since 1980.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Scotland in the United Kingdom

This magical garden is only open to the public once a year and focuses on the theme and inspiration of science and maths. Charles Jencks set up the garden in 1989, near Dumfries at Portrack House. Rather than focussing on horticulture, the garden takes the visitor on a journey to try and provoke thought. Although this isn’t your standard garden with flowers, trees and shrubs, it’s made our list as it’s something a little different. If you are one of the lucky few who get to visit the garden you will be able to take in the amazing hills, mounds and lakes and surrounding architecture.