You don’t have to be a strict nature traveler to love botanical gardens. The number of botanical gardens, which has taken you away from you and healed your soul even with a few hours of visit, and is now the main travel destination for millions of travelers, is growing rapidly. We chose 7 magnificent botanical gardens for you, where poetic natural landscapes and mystical emotions embrace, joyful joy is experienced at the same time, serving as a science oasis in terms of the diversity of ecosystems they host, and more than a million travelers visit each year for all these features.
Saihō-ji, Kyoto, Japan
There is no one left for the fame of the enchanting and mystical Japanese gardens. Saihō-ji in Kyoto is also one of the most famous in the country. But what distinguishes it from other gardens is the variety of “moss” it has. The floor of the garden and the 1200-year-old temple in the middle of the garden are covered with 120 types of moss.
The botanical garden, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list, takes on a different identity every season with changes in the colors of algae as well as shrubs and trees. A small note for those considering to visit: The number of visitors is kept quite limited in order to preserve the sanctuary of the temple and the features of the garden. In order to enter the botanical garden where no tickets can be bought at the door, you must fill out the form on the website and make a reservation at least 3 weeks in advance.
Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When you look at the foothills of the Corcovado Mountains from the hill with the iconic statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro, you can see Jardim Botânico, which spreads over an area of 1.4 square kilometers. In the botanical garden, which consists of half-arranged gardens and the other half is a wild forest, nearly 20 thousand plant species are wet (idle).
Orchid lovers can pass through when they see 600 species in the orquidário part of the garden (see photo above). The garden, founded in 1808, has of course thousands of bromeliads (a family of South American ornamental plants, including pineapples). Greenhouse sections and cafes outside the garden are also very attractive.
Isola Madre, Borromea Islands, Italy
Isola Madre, the largest of the tiny Borromea Islands in Lake Maggiore, is covered with magnificent gardens surrounding a small palace built in the 16th century and funding the snowy hills of the Italian Alps.
After seeing the Countess Borromeo’s collection of stone dolls and puppies, which are exhibited in the palace and partly scary, you can go out into the garden and watch the countless rhododendrons, camellias and other exotic flower species. You can also visit nearby Isola Bella while you’re gone. There is a combined ferry ticket application that covers the dams.
Bay Gardens, Singapore
“How should green building complexes be?” The Singapore Gulf Gardens, which is the futuristic answer to the question, is a technology miracle that costs $ 1 billion to make, with many climate types and vegetation combined.
The Flower Dome, which is dominated by the Mediterranean climate, the Rain Forest, which includes a ruddy waterfall, the water park surrounded by plenty of tropical plants, and the landscape road that advances by twisting among the “super trees”, are the must-see places of this world-famous botanical garden. You can also visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which include the National Orchid Garden, located near the Gulf Gardens.
Butchart Gardens, Vancouver, Canada
Butchart Gardens, located on the US border in eastern Canada, is one of Vancouver’s most popular sightseeing spots. In the botanical islet, famous for its rose collection, of course, various gardens and corners have been arranged in Canada and Japan, where common plant species are dominant.
Those who go to Butchart Gardens, which can also be reached by sea ferry and sea plane, for their magnificent cafes, are not few.
Kew Gardens, London, United Kingdom
Everything that should be in a botanical garden is abundant in Kew Gardens opened in London in 1840: Diversity, history, rare species, greenhouses, scientific tracking tools, guidance, training and internship opportunities etc. The herbarium in the complex, which is said to contain the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world, with more than 30 thousand living species, displays more than 7 million dried plants with scientific methods.
There are more than 175 thousand prints and drawings of plants in more than 750 thousand books and drawing collections in its library. Kew Gardens, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list, is also one of London’s top tourist attractions.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa
Kirstenbosch gardens, located on the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, are located on an area of 5.26 square kilometers. The rest of the gardens, of which only 10 percent are processed and arranged, are completely wild.
If you are on your way to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which covers five of the six different biomes in South Africa, you can also leave flowers in the bust of the national hero Nelson Mandela.
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