When you think of a garden, what comes to mind? You probably picture a small plot of land in the backyard for growing vegetables. While those are great, let’s paint a bigger picture. Gardens can be greenery, trees, statues, fountains, or flowers. The world offers a multitude of grand gardens to visit on your travels. So slow down, grab walking shoes, and breathe in the fresh air these gardens have to offer.
The Butchart Gardens are privately owned by the Butchart family in Canada and are filled with colorful and lush blooms. The gardens have been loved and appreciated in Victoria, British Columbia for more than 100 years. The grounds were previously a limestone quarry, turned into a beautiful celebration of culture and color. Features include an Italian garden that was once a tennis court and a vegetable garden that is now a large rose garden. The Ross Fountain was installed into the garden in 1964 to celebrate the Butchart Gardens 60th anniversary. The Butchart Gardens are now known as a National Historic Site of Canada and receive over one million visitors annually.
Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Garden) in Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, dating back to 1638 when it was used as an herb garden for medicinal uses. Today, the gardens house more than 6,000 different types of plants, including a 2,000-year-old agave cactus. The gardens are located near the Artis-Amsterdam Zoo, so this is a great attraction for your whole family!
There are many gardens to explore in the Cotswold area in England, including the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, Bourton House Garden, and the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. The Cotswold Wildlife Park is known for their exotic planting style, which is very flamboyant and theatrical in a sense. The park is home to many animals such as lemurs, camels, zebras, and red pandas. The Royal Gardens at Highgrove offer a champagne tea tour of the land, as well as group and individual tours. The Bourton House Garden is a three-acre garden that shares property with an 18th-century manor and is known as one of the most breathtaking gardens in the UK.
Visiting botanical gardens on your vacation is great for the entire family. Become one with nature and learn about different plants and flower species. Not only are gardens beautiful, they are all different and unique in their own way and offer different variations of plants and flowers. You’ll get great exercise and relax at the same time, as nature is very relaxing and peaceful to be surrounded by. The experts at AurTravel can assist with booking a trip to a gorgeous botanical garden. Call them at 402.891.6909 today!
Jessie is a recent 2018 graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Theatre department and regularly stage manages and acts in theatre productions in Omaha. She grew up as a Navy kid, living in Sicily and Japan, and traveling everywhere in between. Her favorite part of going to a new destination was the new food she could try. Some of her favorite memories include traveling and making flight attendants and pilots laugh. Jessie serves as AurTravel’s administrative assistant and runs their social media accounts.