Picturesque Gardens of Europe

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

There is so much to see and do in Europe that we often forget to stop and smell the roses……or tulips or whatever beautiful flowers may be blooming at the time.

When the hustle and bustle of sightseeing wears you down, take time to relax at one or more of the many royal or botanical gardens of Europe.

I have visited all of the gardens below and highly recommend them as an outing during a European vacation.

 

Gardens of Versailles: Versailles, France

The gardens have stayed true to their design from the 17th century when ambitious King Louis XIV commissioned landscape architect Andre le Notre to create the extravagant gardens.  They are grandiose with statues, vibrant flowerbeds, pathways, vases, an orangerie and a Grand Canal. The Gardens of Versailles are truly a site to behold!

 

Villa d’Este Garden: Tivoli, Italy

villa d-Esta Garden, ItalyVilla d’Este is included on the UNESCO world heritage list and is considered to be a masterpiece of the Italian Garden. The planning of the gardens began in the 16th century after the palace had been completed. The estate and gardens offer a remarkable example of Renaissance culture. The water displays steal the show with Neptune Fountain and the Hundred Fountains structure.

 

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens: Richmond, Surrey, UK

Kew Gardens is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the world’s most distinct collection of living plants and a scientific research center of international recognition. Discover beautiful glasshouses including the iconic Palm House and its exotic rainforest; the Princess of Wales Conservatory that invites you to explore ten of the world’s climatic zones; and the Waterlily House with its astounding, colossal lily pads.

The 59-feet high Treetop Walkwa soars into the tree canopy offering a bird’s-eye view of the gardens. Meander along the Great Broad Walk Borders, home to more than 60,000 plants, and step into history at Kew Palace, the former summer residence of King George III.

 Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens: Lisse, Netherlands

Spring is the time to visit Keukenhof when seven million Dutch tulips are in bloom with a colorful display that will take your breath away! There are many other spring flowers other than tulips that also make for a classic spectacle. Keukenhof is the largest and most famous flower park in the world.

 

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