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A Gardners' Love of the Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

Updated on May 9, 2011

A Gardners' Love

I love beautiful gardens. You may ask, what is a Gardners' love? Well Gardner, that would be me! Gardner is my family's last name and according to wikipedia, some sources claim that the name Gardner is an occupational surname that comes from the word "gardener". Others of the family, who came to New England in the seventeenth century but left little record of themselves and their families, were Edward, who came from London in 1635; Edmund of Ipswich, Mass., in 1640; Nathaniel of Boston in 1649; Nicholas of Wickford, R.I., in 1674, Samuel of Roxbury, who was killed in the Indian wars in 1676; and John of Woburn in 1670.

The name is found on the ancient English and early American records in the various forms of Gardyner, Gardener, Gardenar, Gardiner, and Gardner, the last two of which are those most frequently used today. Probably the first of the family to come to American shores was Richard Gardener, who came on the "Mayflower" in 1620.

The following beautiful gardens around the world are some that I especially love. Each garden is an amazing sight. Hopefully the following gardens can provide some landscaping and beautiful gardening ideas and inspiration as you plan your home gardens this year.

Keukenhof, Lisse, Holland. Keukenhof means The Kitchen Garden. Back in the 15th century this area belonged to the Countess of Holland. This is where games were hunted and herbs gathered for the castle's kitchen. Keukenhof is a popular Dutch attraction, located a short walk from the small town of Lisse. Visitors can enjoy walking in the 32-hectare park, in which seven million bulbs are planted. Nowhere else in the world will you find more glorious colors of spring and inspiration as Keukenhof. You may see millions of bulbs in flower, fantastic flower shows or you may just relax in the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands. It is the most photographed place in the world so you don't want to forget your camera.

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Photo © 2002 Linda Garrison, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C. The Butchart Gardens at Todd Inlet, which lie around 14 miles from Victoria B.C., covers more than 55 acres of the 130 acre Butchart Estate. It is an internationally-known tourist attraction which receives more than a million visitors each year. Join in the entertainment and high class food service that complement the meticulously maintained gardens.

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A Hawaiian garden in Hanalei Valley on Kauai

A beautiful photograph of the Hanalei taro fields with the lovely framing and brilliant colors. A starchy edible tuber of the taro, also known as kalo plant, which is commonly cultivated in water that is knee-deep, is used to make a staple Hawaiian food called poi.

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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden - A Private Waterfall at a Garden in a Valley on the Ocean. Located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa & Garden is owned by the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l'Institut de France.

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its Nine Surrounding Heavenly Gardens Below

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The Formal French Garden

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The Spanish Garden

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The Stone Garden

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The Japanese Garden

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The Exotic Garden

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The Rose Garden

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The Musical Fountains

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The Musical Fountains at Night

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Exbury Gardens, New Forest, England - A garden for all seasons. The calm waters of Exbury Lake reflect all the amazing and gorgeous colors of the landscape.

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Mirabell Garden in Salzburg, Austria - Its characteristic, large symmetrical flower-beds make the Mirabell Gardens a good example of a typical baroque park. An excellent example of baroque landscape gardening laid out about 1690, probably by J. B. Fischer von Erlach, with terraces, marble statues and fountains.



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Versaille Garden, Versailles, France - Perhaps it is the Worlds most Famous Garden, built for Louis XIV and designed by André Le Nôtre between 1661 and 1700. A prime example of the French Baroque style. Some of its magnificient features include huge parterres, an orangery, famous fountains, rich bosquets (ornamental groves), a 1.8 km cruciform canal.

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The Gardens at Crathes Castle, Scotland - the gardens as seen today are a largely 20th-century creation, on a seven-acre site on two levels, bounded by old brick walls and fine old yew hedges. A sureness of touch with color.

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www.castles.org/Chatelaine/

A Dreamy Garden in Giverny, France -Claude Monet's dreamy garden in Normandy is extremely well maintained. It is a water garden where the artist made his famous studies of waterlilies. It is well worth seeing and very much holds its own amid the tyranny of expectation.

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www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/

Bodnant Garden in Wales - It was the 2nd Baron Aberconway who largely created this extraordinarily ambitious terraced garden between 1904 and 1914. This Garden will interest amateur and professional gardeners, artists, photographers and families alike.

Photograph by Andrew Lawson
Photograph by Andrew Lawson

Topiary Garden at Levens Hall, England - There has been much debate about the actual date of the celebrated yew topiary forms at Levens Hall in Cumbria, which so captured the imaginations of Edwardian garden writers. Wandering through this garden at twilight is one of the most evocative of all garden experiences; any description of the layout seems superfluous because the whole point is to become deliciously lost. Beds of perennials between the hedges, a nuttery and a herb garden top off this beguiling scene.

Photograph by Garden Collection
Photograph by Garden Collection

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a famous attraction 15 minutes east of Pattaya,Thailand. It is the biggest and one of the most beautiful gardens in Southeast Asia. This tropical garden is landscaped with various flowering and decorative plants from all around the world and also holds the largest variety of Orchards in Thailand. A cool place to visit whether you have a green thumb or not.


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photo from http://www.thailand-rooms-by-the-beach.com/rooms.html

The beautiful gardens by The Sultan's Palace in Muscat, Oman (in the Middle East) is a lovely place to wander around. Immersing yourself in the culture and heritage of the Omani people and their country has been called an undiscovered middle eastern treasure. The way that Muscat is wedged between the mountains and the Arabian Gulf no matter where you look the scenery is spectacular. To visit the beautiful gardens and The Sultan's Palace located in the old port area of Muscat is truly a spiritual experience.

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Beautiful Gardens by the Sultan's Palace in Muscat http://fabularz.wordpress.com/2009/04/17/sand-in-your-pita-sand-in-your-ear/

In The Gardens

A garden is a place where man and nature can come together to enjoy and breathe life into beautifully inspired creations.

I hope this stroll through the gardens has refreshed your soul and inspired you with some landscaping and beautiful gardening ideas. Come back for a visit as I add more little visions of paradise.



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      Ahmadshah Arifi Outback 

      6 years ago

      Very inspirational garden I love it specialy for lover those places awesome...

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      Maria Joji Zamora-Villaseca 

      6 years ago

      I was so amazed at the sight of your garden collection.Really, I posted it on FB so I can share it with my friends, and they really find it very nice .

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      delali 

      7 years ago

      were the hearts of men and women like these gardens, the world would be the most peaceful place and God would sleep soundly.

    • ChristinCordle12 profile image

      ChristinCordle12 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful gardens in a beautiful hub. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed having a 'tour'.;)

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Gardens are beautiful. Thanks for the view! Voted/rated.

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      Sue Real 

      8 years ago from So close to Canada, I can smell the bacon.

      Lovely pictures, lovely gardens, it does not matter that I am in doors.

      Thinking of moving to Sommerville, MASS

      any gardens around that area?

      I'm you fan

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      My pleasure Feline Prophet. I appreciate your visit.

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      What a treat! Thanks for showing us such spectacular gardens. :)

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks E.A. Wright for stopping by and commenting on the Butchart Gardens. I appreciate your visit. May you get to see many more beautiful gardens.

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      E. A. Wright 

      9 years ago from New York City

      Can't speak to the others (yet), but the Butchart Gardens truly are worth seeing. Thanks for this list.

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks prasetio, I'm glad you enjoyed. That's for passing through.

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      prasetio30 

      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice garden I had ever seen.thanks for great picture and good information.

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Dolores, I know how we run out of time more often than not so when people come back to visit it gives me the chance to come by to comment and revisit too. It is one of, if not my favorite hub. Thank you for a stroll in the gardens. Hopefully I will meet up with you again.

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Dotti, these pix are excellent, it would be such a great trip to explore gardens around the world. Don't have time to read the whole thing but I am going to bookmark this and come back to it and sit here and drool.

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      LOL, "just bury me in the middle" You won't be alone. I'll be right beside you marisue. Thanks for the visit in the gardens!

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      marisuewrites 

      9 years ago from USA

      These gardens are purrrrrre Heaven. I couldn't possibly decide on a favorite. Just bury me in the middle. awwwwwwhhhhhhh zzz zzz zzz so peaceful, can you imagine the fragrance???

      lovely, Dottie.

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      I'm glad you appreciated the beauty in the gardens. Thanks for the visit.

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      JPSO138 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Wow, they are very beautiful. Would love to visit those places.

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Dolores - it sure would be a great trip. I'm all for touring the world and visiting gardens. Thank you for commenting.

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      dotti - such beautiful gardens, it would be a great trip to visit gardens all over the world, we should all emulate these gardens in our front yards and make the whole world look like this (right)

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks samir for stopping by and for the nice comments.

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      samir m. hussien 

      9 years ago

      Yes my leady , they say that who own transperance soul,love the other , helpful , honest ,must be feel so sympathe (emutional) to the trees , flowers , because he considered them as another living soul need the care , progrees , food from us , he will feel what the plant felt ( thirsty , lack of fertilizers , fearness , others )

      thanks a lot about your efforts , you made us so happy..

      Eng. samir Dosh

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you dayzeebee. I dream too of my garden of paradise and will like you smile my way through the day basking in the garden of life. That sounds perfectly wonderful to me. Thanks for your kindly visit. :)

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      dayzeebee 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      wow what beautiful gardens and a wonderful story that goes along with it. my you are a gardner indeed! i love gardens. in fact my dream home must have a garden with multicolored plants, fruit trees,variety of flowers, mini fountain that flows into a mini pond .....hmmmm i can just smile my way through the day basking in the garden of life. great hub. thank you so much.:)

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you Ashwin for stopping by for some peace for the mind. We can all use some extra peace here and there and a little extra never hurts. Thanks as always for your kindness.

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      ASHWINSPGA 

      9 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

      Miss Dottie i really loved this hub. Liked Laurie said it brings so much of peace to the mind just admiring it. You really do create some of the best hubs Miss. Loved it so much. thank you

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Ashwin....I deleted your comment as you had asked me to do. I had a hard time deleting because it was such a beautiful message and I thank you for that. I was really happy to see you around for a few moments tonight and that we had a chance for a nice exchange of words. Take care.

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      You are welcome spryte. I'm glad you enjoyed.

      cgull8m...thanks you...that really means a lot to me. The tulips are one of my favorite too that's why I posted it first. Thanks for stopping by.

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      cgull8m 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Fantastic Hub Dottie, absolutely the best one in Hubpages. Earth looks more magical than ever with these gardens. I heard about the Keukenhof Gardens would love to see the Tulips there :)

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      spryte 

      10 years ago from Arizona, USA

      *sigh* Very pretty pictures and just looking at them makes you feel all peaceful inside. Thanks for the meditative moment :)

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      I'm up for a visit to some of these beautiful gardens too. And SweetiePie some of my favorite are in Hawaii too. It has been so long ago that I forget exactly where I saw them but I'll eventually find them and include them in this hub. Thank you ladies for stopping by and commenting.

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      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love beautiful gardens of the world, but some of my favorite are in Hawaii. Thanks for the beautiful hub.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 

      10 years ago from Florida

      WOW!! Some gorgeous pictures! I wish I could visit some of these places and see them for myself!

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Oh man, where have I been!  Lets just say I was in the garden.  And you my friends are the charming gardens who make my soul blossom.  I appreciate all your comments and company.  :)

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      quicksand 

      10 years ago

      A Garden which defies descreption

      By virtue of its celestial location

      Is the Garden that awaits us all

      Gotta go when we get the call

      Where "HE" will let us play

      As "HIS" guests, and let us forever stay!

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      kerryg 

      10 years ago from USA

      Ooh, la la!

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Lovely gardens, thanks for the pictures and the hub.

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      Eddie Perkins 

      10 years ago

      Dottie,

      Breathtaking!  I’d give you thumbs up on the pictures alone.  They are definitely refreshing and inspiring. I’m going to send Barbie out right away to get her tools so she can go to work on one for us.

      Sorry, I got an error message with the thumbs up. 

      Thank you. ~ eddie

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Truly beautiful images that just make you long to be there in person :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Dottie, I believe gardens give off a positive energy that soothes and energizes the soul. Much like what you do around here. :) Yup, loving the stroll and definitely will come back to visit future gardens you will be posting. :)

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      Compu-Smart 

      10 years ago from London UK

      Dottie, this is such a beautiful hub!

      Kew gardens is a famous beautiful garden here in the UK, well i though it was beautiful until i saw these not just beautiful but absolutely spectacular gardens!

      Thumbs up for this hub!

      ps.I have always promised myself a Rose Garden! one day!:)

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      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Great pictures. I have only been to Butchart Gardens in Victoria. I wish I could see all these beautiful gardens in person. Good hub.

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      I'm glad you ladies both enjoyed the pics. Thanks for coming by. ~Dottie~

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      DarleneMarie 

      10 years ago from USA

      Very inspirational...awesome pics! Great Hub!

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      pcjunkychick 

      10 years ago from OKC

      I love gardens as well

      All I can say is WOW

      Love the pix they are just beautiful!

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