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What’s The Most Beautiful Garden You’ve Seen During Your Travels?

April 15, 2016

I grew up in a small town in the Philippines where gardens are non-existent. The closest thing to a garden that I’ve seen as a child would be the open and empty land in our school yard with patches of grass here and there. Then I moved to the Middle East where, even though gardens exist, I wasn’t able to enjoy it because I would have to drive or take a cab to get there (Middle Eastern cities aren’t pedestrian friendly) and it can only be enjoyed during a very short window when the weather isn’t too hot to sit outside.

When I started traveling to Europe, I was amazed by all the beautiful parks and gardens dotted in each European cities I’ve been to. The gardens of Versailles was the first I’ve seen and although I had a flu when I was there, it didn’t stop me from admiring the beauty of nature which surrounded me. Since then, I made it a point to visit the gardens of every place that I’m going to. I will research for hours on end about the best and must-see parks and gardens and sometimes, I’d even base my itinerary according to where these places are.

I vowed to myself that I will one day live in a city with a beautiful park in it, someday. For now, I’ll just have to settle on looking at the photos some of the fabulous travel bloggers sent me of the most beautiful gardens/parks they’ve ever seen during their travels.

Arabsalim, Lebanon by Rou’a Wehbi

Arabsalim, Rou'a Wehbi

Southern Lebanon has often been linked with various conflicts. Having sustained invasions and wars since for more than 40 years. But that’s far from the South I know. Hidden gems can be found from Saida (historically known as Sidon, one of the most important Phoenician cities) all the way towards the beautiful shores of Naquora. Its beauty cannot be compared to anything I’ve seen abroad (I know, I might be a bit biased here). My favorite spot though is in my village, Arabsalim. There are no parks there. But the natural beauty of the area makes up for it. On a normal day, you can go out for walk following a rubble path, and really, what more can you ask for?

Chatteau de Versailles, France by Kelly Ella Maz

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Visiting the gardens at Chateau de Versailles was a memorable experience for me, because Marie Antoinette has always been one of my favourite movies. The movie and history books that showcase the life of Marie Antoinette and her famed garden could never do this place justice – it’s simply unbelievable! The amount of detail and beauty that spans such a large area is quite impressive. One of my favourite experiences at this garden was renting a little row boat on the pond…. it felt like it was straight out of the movie!

Dubai Miracle Garden, UAE by Dubai Travel Blog

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Over 45 million flowers are planted in the Dubai Miracle Garden and this park is known as the largest flower garden in the world. They decorate these flowers in various shapes (hearts, stars, pyramids, etc.) and place them on various structures (houses, cars, etc.) which makes this a unique and grand experience. This is a popular tourist destination to take family/friends and when visiting this park, keep in mind that these flowers were planted on a desert!

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris by Just Traveling Solo

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A refuge if you want to escape from the busy crowded streets of Paris. A heaven for those longing to give their tired swelling feet a rest.

Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands by Tales From a Fork

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The Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands opens up each year for two months in the Springtime. There are 7 million tulips in blooms arranged beautifully in various gardens. As a plus, there are pavilions, restaurants, a petting zoo, a playground, and so much more to make a day at this park relaxing and fun.

Middleton Place in South Carolina, USA by The Daily Adventures Of Me

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I find Middleton Place in South Carolina to be one of the most beautiful and relaxing gardens in the United States. It has formal gardens with the pre-requisite structure and sculpture, but is surrounded by the lackadaiscical beauty of algae-filled waters and weeping beauty of Spanish moss covered trees along the Ashley River

Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria by The Foreign Geek

Mirabell Gardens

I’ve never watched Sound of Music therefore didn’t know what was the Mirabell Garden before I visited it a couple years ago. My oh my, it took my breath away the minute I walked into it! Even in winter, it was the most beautiful garden I have ever been to. Ever since then I have taken the time to research and visit gardens both in my city and whenever I travel.

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain by Probe Around The Globe

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Gaudi has done a stunning job of creating an urban park. He transformed the hills on the north side of expanding Barcelona into a lush green park with loads of modernista pieces of art. When art transforms into nature without even noticing it, you know he’s done a good job. The Park Guell in Barcelona has a stunning view across the city of Barcelona onto the sea. You can walk around the park for free, but access to the monumental zone is now charged. You need to book a ticket and a timeslot in advance, to prevent waiting, but this is well worth your euros.

Tafoughalt Natural Park, Morocco by Yousra Ghanam

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Tafoughalt Natural Park is a piece of heaven hidden in the Rif Mountains of Morocco. The tiny village and dense forest culminating there at 1500m are like coming straight out of a fairytale. On hazy spring afternoons, you can see all kind of high trees waving to the music of wind, and hear the cicadas singing and filling the evening air abuzz. I could swear there was some magic lost in that fairy  place.

Tahiti Botanical Gardens by X Days in Y

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The Tahiti Botanical Gardens were one of my favorite spots in this paradise of an island. It all starts with a visit to the two resident Galapagos turtles, with one of them pushing 200 years old! You then wander around the gardens, starting off with a visit to the enchanting mape forest – Tahitian chestnut trees with incredible roots. To finish off your visit, soak up some sun in the lily ponds and grab some shade beneath endless palm trees!

Hongkong Park by Saudi Diva

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Despite the substantial showers on that day, I was happy to explore Hong Kong park under the rain. The wet weather added to the beauty of this well-maintained and lush gardens’ park. I had the park all to myself, since everyone else was hiding from the rain. Being a desert girl, an uninhabited rainy green park was my peaceful haven.

Stephen’s Green, Dublin by Anywhere’s Perfect

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Dublin has a lot of great parks and it’s hard to choose the best one. Stephen’s Green has the advantage that it’s just at the end of Grafton Street, Dublin Southside’s shopping street – and who doesn’t enjoy a nice relaxing break surrounded by nature after a day of shopping?

Tiantan Park, Beijing by Karolina&Patryk

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Tiantan is a beautiful park situated right next to the famous Temple of Heaven in Beijing. We love this place mainly because it is kind of a cultural centre for Beijingners. You can see there the local people who are talking, singing, playing games and having fun.

Parco Sempione, Milan by Frankie Goes To Milano

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Grab a panino and an espresso and head for Parco Sempione, the city’s largest park. Adjacent to the gardens of Sforza Castle. Take a stroll along the winding walkways. Lie on the grass and watch the world go by. This site frequently hosts free concerts and events, so keep an eye out.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore by Where’s Sharon

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

The futuristic Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is by far my favourite garden in the world. These gardens are big and have many attractions. You can climb the supertrees (big vertical gardens) to walk over the sky. There are some interesting conservatories which mimic being in the clouds and surrounded by flowers. There is also an amazing children’s garden with water play area and Malay, Chinese and Indian gardens.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo, Japan by The Travel Sisters

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is arguably the most beautiful garden we’ve encountered on our travels.  Located in Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen actually consists of three different types of gardens: traditional Japanese, formal French and an expansive English garden.  Home to a large number of cherry trees, it is a popular but also peaceful spot for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in the spring.  We visited during cherry blossom season and were fortunate enough to experience Shinjuku Gyoen surrounded by beautiful pink sakura.

Kew Gardens, London by The Wander Blogger

10 Must-See Attractions At Kew Gardens: The Gardens

Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful parks in London. The world’s largest collection of living plants are here, and the park has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Spring is the very best time of year to visit since nearly all of the 300 acres of gardens are in bloom this time of year!

Emirgan Park, Istanbul by Compass & Fork

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Each year in April, Istanbul comes alive with millions of tulips as it celebrates the International Tulip Festival.  Dating back to the Ottoman Empire, Turkey has a long history of cultivating tulips and they an important symbol throughout Turkey’s history.  One of the best displays is in Emirgan Park, which is easy to reach on the Bosphorus River Cruise.  It is just spectacular and made for some fantastic photos as well.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Sri Lanka by Creativity With Kay

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Last December I was on a travel journey to Sri Lanka, and stopped by this very beautiful garden in Kandy. Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is a garden of history, art, beauty, adventure and lanscape clubbed into one package. At one point in time, this beauty of a garden was exclusively reserved for the Kandyan Royalty, but now it is open to the public.


It’s a beautiful world, isn’t it? 🙂

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  • Reply Sarah April 23, 2016 at 06:38

    I love the back story on why you love gardens! Thanks for letting me take part in this.
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  • Reply Katy April 22, 2016 at 16:45

    Lovely post Noemi! I love the gardens of the Chenonceau chateau in the Loire Valley, France. There are two gardens at the chateau designed by two inhabitants of the castle the mistress and queen of Henry II of France – Diane de Poitiers then Catherine de Medici. Catherine’s garden is formal and in the italianate style while Diane’s is more whimsical and less formal.

  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels) April 19, 2016 at 15:39

    interesting question! To be honest, I’m not sure. parks aren’t that high on my to do/see list in a place:) But I do like English gardens:)
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 21, 2016 at 14:14

      I love parks because it looks so different in my eyes, calming and beautiful. I do love English gardens too. 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth @ Compass & Fork April 19, 2016 at 10:58

    What a fantastic collection of gardens. There are some real classics in this list. Thanks so much for including our favorite- Emirgan Park in Istanbul.

  • Reply Liz April 18, 2016 at 06:25

    Wow! I love this post! And yes, I totally agree with the lack of gardens in the Philippines. I was so envious when I went to Japan and the gardens were so beautiful. Shinjuku-gyoen in Tokyo is also one of my favorites, as well as Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, France. 🙂

  • Reply Ed | April 16, 2016 at 15:12

    Thanks for including my contribution on the list. Great to know other parks around the world. Would like to hang around in the park same as that photos of Jardin du Luxembourg!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 15:40

      Thank you for joining Ed and yes, this post added so many places in my to-visit list too. 🙂

  • Reply Rhonda Albom April 16, 2016 at 08:27

    Fantastic collective post, and some wonderful park. I have only been to a few of them, but I would love to visit them all.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:23

      It’s a great list indeed! Very thankful to these wonderful bloggers for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Patti April 15, 2016 at 20:56

    Great idea for a post! I would love to visit the gardens full of tulips. Visited Gardens by the Bay in Singapore last year and I agree they are incredible.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:24

      Yes, the garden in Netherlands looks very promising! I’ve just included it now in my to-visit list. :p

  • Reply Marissa_My Greece, My Travels blog April 15, 2016 at 20:43

    Nice post. Really beautiful photos. There are so many amazing and unique gardens in the world, indeed!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:25

      Absolutely! I haven’t seen gardens in Greece though? Do you recommend any?

  • Reply Photo Cache April 15, 2016 at 18:38

    Wow awesome selection. Many of these in the list are in my personal must see list as well.

    I would like to nominate (and not because I live around here) Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:27

      I’ve been to Golden Gate Park, it’s a massive park!!! I actually do love it too! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Shumate April 15, 2016 at 16:45

    I don’t spend a whole lot of time researching for them, but when we visit cities we do always try to see at least one park in the city while we are there. I am so grateful for the amount of parks in London. It makes living in a big city so much easier!

    Reading Wilbur’s comment above reminded me how much I loved the gardens in Spain, too! The Alcazar in Seville and the Parque de Maria Luisa (also Seville) are both incredible!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:28

      I do spend hours to see which park is the MUST visit because normally, I will only have a few days in a place to see one. Lol. Lucky for you, London I think is a very green city. Would love to live there someday. 🙂

  • Reply Kaycee Lojera April 15, 2016 at 10:43

    I was not a fan of gardens before. But when I moved in Makati City, Ayala Triangle, a lush garden (home for city joggers and dog lovers) became an integral place for me. These gardens you posted, oh my, so beautiful. And it’s amazing you’ve been to these places! They are quite relaxing and sooo clean. I would love to go to Israel’ s Gethsemane garden. By God’s grace! 🙂

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:32

      I think I already left the Philippines when Ayala Triangle garden was renovated so I wasn’t able to enjoy it that much. I do remember bringing The Greek Mister there and he was so amazed, he couldn’t believe such a place exist in the Philippines. It’s too posh he said. Haha.

      Sadly, the gardens featured on this post are contributed by other bloggers. I haven’t gone to ALL these gardens, maybe a few. I do wish to visit all of them though. 🙂

  • Reply Wilbur April 15, 2016 at 10:34

    Great idea for a post and some lovely photos. I would imagine that Japan takes some beating for gardens – not been yet but hope to soon. My three favourites thus far are at the Alcazar in Córdoba, Spain, the Generalife in Granada, Spain and the garden of the Saint Andre Abbey in Villeneuve Les Avignon in France. I have some pictures on my site from the first and third of those.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:33

      I haven’t been to any of your favorites but I guess I’m putting all those in my to-visit list. :p

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