We love to travel! So, in celebration of our new Botanicals collection, we thought it was only right if we shared our favourite botanical gardens to visit around the world. From Singapore to the UK and even New York, we’ve got you covered.
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, UK
Photo by Evie Fjord
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are among the largest and most diverse living plant collections in the world. Dating back to the early 18th Century the gardens served as a royal palace. The gardens are now home to a scientific institution for plant and fungal research.
With a journey less than 30 minutes from central London, this is one of our favourite botanical gardens to visit in the United Kingdom. Not only is Kew home to 50,000 living plants, you can also explore the Great Pagoda (which has been recently restored), the Palm House (which homes an indoor rainforest) and the world's largest Victorian glasshouse.
They have a brilliant Christmas light show every year and also host music concerts. Whether you're visiting London or booking an adventurous day for the family, we recommend the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
- Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin, Singapore
Photo by Mark Yang
The Singapore Botanic Gardens were inspired by Kew and has been around since 1859. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Being located in central Singapore and only being 5 minutes from Orchard Road, Singapore’s busiest shopping street, we just couldn’t resist a visit to this gorgeous sanctuary.
You can explore their beautiful Swan Lake which is considered to be the oldest ornamental water-feature in Singapore, take an interest in their heritage trees which in some cases have taken decades to grow, or take a tour to see all of their sculptures which are scattered across the grounds. Our favourite sculpture is the Swiss Granite Fountain, the constant spinning of the ball represents people striving for excellence.
- New York Botanical Garden, New York City, USA
Photo by mtw128
The New York Botanical Garden is recognised as one of the largest city-based gardens in the United States. Located in Bronx Park, the garden homes over 1 million living plants. Established over 130 years ago, the garden is a National Historic Landmark.
The garden is known for larger than life exhibitions, it is also a world leader in plant research and conservation. One of NYBG's missions is to preserve and protect the Earth’s biodiversity and natural resources.
If you haven’t already, we suggest taking a trip to see the Haupt Conservatory. A beautiful Victorian-style glass house recently replanted with species from around the world. Being 250-acres and having over 29 gardens and collections to explore, we could only give you a tiny taste of what’s there.
- Claude Monet Garden, Giverny, France
Photo by Veronica Reverse
Though the Claude Monet Garden may not be classified as an official botanical garden, we couldn’t leave it off our list. Being the home to both the Clos Normand garden and the Japanese inspired water garden, Monet, the 19th-century impressionist painter, spent 40 years here with his family perfecting the garden to his standards.
Not only can you visit the beautiful garden showcasing Monet’s inspiration for his art, you can also browse the largest selection of products around Monet’s work in the Water Lily Workshop. Including official tableware by Claude Monet himself.
Whilst you take in the breathtaking garden, you can also explore the restored Monet home. Moving from the ‘blue’ living room to his dining room and kitchen. You can imagine the atmosphere in which he created his masterpieces.
- The Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney, Australia
Photo by Marcus Lenk
The Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney was established in 1816. Located at the edge of Sydney’s Central Business District, overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the Garden is a prime spot for any traveller (or local).
Home to both Australian native plants and a vast range of international plants, the garden is over 158-acres. With hidden nooks to explore, aboriginal heritage tours or adventuring to the Calyx, there is an ever-growing list of things to see and do.
For more than 200 years the garden has advanced our understanding of plant life. Making the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and the Australian Botanic Garden, Australia’s oldest scientific institution.
How many of these botanical gardens have you travelled to? If these gardens are on your list, make sure to tag us in your photos when you visit! Especially if you bring your favourite botanical towel or hair wrap!