Open to the public only one day a year, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation
takes science and maths as its inspiration. Quite simply, there isn't
another garden like it in the world. The garden was set up by Charles
Jencks, together with his late wife Maggie Keswick and is located at
Portrack House near Dumfries. That's in Scotland, by the way! It was set
up in 1989 without the usual ideas people have when they create a
garden. Horticultural displays very much take second place in this
garden. Instead, it is designed with ideas in mind - and to provoke
thought (or at least speculation) about the very nature of things
Keukenhof Gardens – The Netherlands
An unprecedented wealth of spectacular floral displays planted in
endless varieties, alternated with beautiful works of art. Keukenhof is
unique, world famous and has been one of the most popular destinations
in the Netherlands. The garden is home to 7 million tulips, which
includes special hybrids that have been or are being developed. In fact, Keukenhof's pride and joy is the truly awe-inspiring Russian black tulip Baba Yaga.
Suan Nong Nooch – Thailand
This incredible park is situated in Pattaya, Thailand. It is popular
among tourists because of stunningly beautiful landscapes and marvellous
views. Everything there seems to be from a fairy-tale. It is full of
Thai style houses, villas, banquet halls, restaurants and swimming pools.
A vast 600 acres area was bought by Mr. Pisit and Mrs. Nongnooch in
1954, this land was predicted to be a fruit plantation, but, Mrs.
Nongnooch made a trip abroad and came back with a firm decision to
create there a tropical garden of ornamental plants and flowers.
1980 it was opened to the public and got an official name "Suan Nong
Nooch." Suan means "garden," since it is a place where everybody
concerned can get acquainted with Thai Culture and Cultural Shows. More
than 2,000 visitors go there everyday. This garden always looks as it
does today. Also, it is a conservation place for many plants and palms.
Versailles – France
Probably the world's most famous garden, it was built for Louis XIV and
designed by Andre Le Notre. The laying out of the gardens required
enormous work. Vast amounts of earth had to be shifted to lay out the
flower beds, the Orangerie, the fountains and the Canal, where previously
only woods, grasslands and marshes were. The earth was transported in
wheelbarrows, the trees were conveyed by cart from all the provinces of
France and thousands of men, sometimes whole regiments, took part in
this vast enterprise.
Jardim Botânico de Curitiba – Brazil
Also known as the "Jardim Botânico Fanchette Rischbieter," the Botanical
Garden of Curitiba is a garden located in the city of Curitiba, the
capital of the state of Paraná, and the biggest city in southern Brazil.
It is the major tourist attraction of the city, and it houses part of
the campus of the Federal University of
Paraná. Opened in 1991, Curitiba's trademark botanical garden was
created in the style of French gardens. Once at the portal of entry,
extensive gardens in the French style in the midst of fountains may be
seen, as well as waterfalls and lakes, and the main greenhouse of 458
square meters, which shelters in its interior, copies of characteristic
plants from tropical regions. It rolls out its carpet of flowers to the
visitor's right at the entrance. This garden occupies 240.000 m² in
area. The principal greenhouse, in an art nouveau style with a modern
metallic structure, resembles the mid-19th century Crystal Palace in
London. The Botanic Museum, which provides a national reference collection of
native flora, attracts researchers from all over the world. It includes
many botanic species from the moist Atlantic Forests of eastern Brazil.
Butchart Gardens – Canada
Butchart Gardens is one of the most famous gardens in the world which is counted among the best of the best. It's no less than a heaven out there at Butchart Gardens located in British Columbia. The breathtaking views will keep you stunned for some time when you first visit the Butchart Gardens. Spread over an area of 50 acres, the Butchart Gardens is placed near Victoria on Vancouver Island. There's never a dull season at Butchart Gardens, which keeps itself vibrating all throughout the year from the summers to the chilly winters.
Yuyuan Garden – China
Yuyuan Garden is believed to be built in the Ming Dynasty more than 400 years ago. Built in traditional Chinese style with numerous rock and tree garden areas, ponds, dragon-lined walls and numerous doorways and zigzagging bridges separating the various garden areas and pavilions. In the past over 400 years, Yuyuan was restored and reopened several times. Because of the downfall of the Pan's family after Pan Yunduan's death, Yuyuan was slowly out of use and was once in a mess. Although later the garden was renovated by the local rich people, several civil wars in the mid-19th century caused huge damage. In 1956, after Shanghai's liberation, the city government rebuilt the garden and recovered its elegance and beauty. Yuyuan Garden was at last reopened to the public in 1961.
Shalimar Garden – Pakistan
The Shalimar Garden is a Persian garden and it was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in Lahore, modern day Pakistan. Construction began in 1641 A.D. (1051 A.H.) and was completed the following year. The project management was carried out under the superintendence of Khalilullah Khan, a noble of Shah Jahan's court, in cooperation with Ali Mardan Khan and Mulla Alaul Maulk Tuni. The Shalimar Garden is laid out in the form of an oblong parallelogram, surrounded by a high brick wall, which is famous for its intricate fretwork. The gardens measure 658 meters north to south and 258 meters east to west. In 1981, Shalimar Gardens was included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Lahore Fort, under the UNESCO Convention concerning the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage sites in 1972
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden – Minnesota, US
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of Minnesota's crown jewels and
its centerpiece, the Spoonbridge and Cherry, has become a Minnesota
icon. Claes Oldenburg best known for his ingenious, oversized renditions
of ordinary objects, and Coosje van Bruggen, his wife and collaborator,
had already created a number of large-scale public sculptures,
including the Batcolumn in Chicago, when they were
asked to design a fountain-sculpture for the planned Minneapolis
Sculpture Garden. The spoon had appeared as a motif in a number of
Oldenburg's drawings and plans over the years, inspired by a novelty
item (a spoon resting on a glob of fake chocolate) he had acquired in
1962. Eventually the utensil emerged--in humorously gigantic scale--as
the theme of the Minneapolis project. Van Bruggen contributed the cherry
as a playful reference to the Garden's formal geometry, which reminded
her of Versailles and the exaggerated dining etiquette Louis XIV imposed
Ryōan-ji – Japan
Ryoan-ji Temple - Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto is famous for its Zen garden. Ryoan-ji Temple is considered to be one of the most notable examples of the "dry-landscape" style. Some say Ryoan-ji Temple garden is the quintessence of Zen art, and perhaps the single greatest masterpiece of Japanese culture. This Japanese temple is surrounded by low walls, an austere arrangement of fifteen rocks sits on a bed of white gravel. No one knows who laid out this simple garden, or precisely when, but it is today as it was yesterday, and tomorrow it will be as it is today. Behind the simple temple that overlooks the rock garden is a stone washbasin called Tsukubai said to have been contributed by Tokugawa Mitsukuni in the 17th century. It bears a simple but profound four-character inscription: "I learn only to be contented."