Exotic plants and fauna, lavish garden houses, and a serene atmosphere. These are our favourite botanical gardens from all over the world, and what makes them so special.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York, US
This beautiful 52-acre garden has over 900,000 visitors every year, it was founded in 1910 and is home to a 3 climate-themed plant pavilions, exotic plant collections, speciality inner gardens, and even an art gallery.
Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
These lush gardens house around 6,500 species of plants and fauna. It’s located at the Jardim Botânico district and was founded all the way back in 1808 but didn’t open to the public until 1822. This 345-acre park is located below the statue of Christ the Redeemer at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain.
Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore
This garden has been labelled by many as the best botanical garden in the world; consisting of just over 180 acres of land, this lavish garden features more than 20,000 orchids, a ginger garden, a children’s garden, an evolution garden, terrapins, wild monkeys, and much more! It was founded in 1859.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England
Kew Gardens is 300 acres and is home to the planet’s largest collection of plants. The Kew Explorer train is a great way to get around the park, except for the exquisite Treetop walkway. The iconic Davies Alpine House is eco-friendly and houses cool weather plants. The gardens also feature a Water Lily House, a Palm House, a Temperate House, and a very large Conservatory. Kew Gardens is identified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal, Canada
This garden consists of 190 acres and is renowned for its extent of unique facilities and collections. Its most popular feature is the Chinese Garden which showcases a beautiful collection of penjing and bonsai. There is also a Japanese garden populated with iconic Japanese plants and fauna including cherry blossom. Its First Nations Garden features the Alpine Garden, and a collection of Canadian plants, plus many more. It was founded in 1931.