Horticulture and gardening are the kind of pursuits that reward dedication. Careful cultivation and a keen eye for style often leads to amazing displays of colour and crafted foliage, designed both for personal pleasure and as wonders to be shown off. And people really appreciate the efforts put in to showcase these tended aspects of the natural world – as demonstrated by the crowds that flock every year to see the Chelsea Flower Show.
There are some beautiful gardens all over the world that are well worth a vist. If you’re a nature lover, enjoy walking and want to see some vibrant colours this year, jet off to one of these great destinations to take in the labours of love and landscaping that are on offer.
The Flexicover Team has some great options for indulging a love of botanic beauty!
Butchart Gardens; Brentwood Bay, Canada
Located on Vancouver Island just north of Victoria, the Butchart Gardens were established in the early 20th century from an exhausted quarry. Now regarded as one of the world’s premier floral show gardens and a National Historic Site of Canada, the 55 acres of carefully tended grounds receive nearly 1 million visitors a year. Walk through intimate stone paths and explore the number of different areas, from the Italian to the Japanese gardens. Flower displays are adjusted to suit the seasons, so whenever you go, it’s always full of vibrant colours and gorgeous scents. A peaceful place where you can spend a couple of hours or the whole day; it’s no surprise that many visitors return year after year.
National Botanical Gardens; Victoria, Seychelles
Located on the outskirts of the capital, Victoria, and dating back more than a century, the Botanical Gardens are one of the country’s oldest national monuments. If you’d like a day away from the gorgeous white sand beaches and want to get up close and personal with towering spice and fruit trees, giant tortoises (some around 150 years old) and even fruit bat colonies. With over 500 species of exotic and native Seychellois plants, this is a great place for nature lovers to escape to! Look out for the star attraction, the coco de mer palms which line the main promenade.
Monet’s Garden; Giverny, France
Open from April to November, these wonderful gardens – only a short distance from Paris – inspired some of impressionist Claude Monet’s most famous work (such as Water Lily Pond, painted in 1899). There are two main areas – the Clos normand, in front of the house, and the Japanese water garden over the road. The gardens are divided into small areas by hedges to represent many little worlds. Awe-inspiring landscaping, abundant wildflowers and water lilies make these gardens well worth a see if visiting France this year. You can also wander around the house where the artist settled with his family and take in all its serenity.
Majorelle Garden; Marrakech, Morocco
The Majorelle Garden is a walled town garden and one of the most visited sites in Morocco. Created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, it took 40 years to create these enchanting gardens in the heart of the city. Take a gentle stroll around the 12 acre establishment and enjoy the looking at the lotus flowers, exotic plants and small pools filled with waterlilies. It’s a delightful haven away from the hustle and bustle of bazaars and souks of Marrakech. The gardens became famous when former owner and fashion designer Yves Saint Lauren featured it in the Chelsea Flower Show. As an added draw, the garden also houses the Islamic Art Museum.
Jardim Botânico Fanchette Rischbieter; Curitiba, Brazil
Designed in a French style, the botanic gardens of Curitiba also houses part of the campus of the University of Paraná. It’s a huge tourist attraction and its gardens centre around a beautiful greenhouse similar to that of London’s 19th-century Crystal Palace. Marvel at the tropical greenhouse, set amidst flower-filled expanses, take in the gorgeous sculptures and waterfalls and have a picnic by the lake. The Botanic Museum is a world-renowned research collection housing a huge herbarium and reference species of many of Brazil’s native flora. It’s a perfect place for couples and families alike and makes for a great day out.
Wherever your travels take you this year and whichever garden you are lucky enough to visit, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.