Public gardens are one of my favorite places to go when I need some time away from work or just want to relax. They’re also great for spending time with family, and many public parks have playgrounds and other fun activities for kids.
12 of the world’s most beautiful public parks and gardens
- Central Park, New York City
- The first thing to do when entering Central Park is take a walk down the Great Lawn and marvel at the view of Manhattan skyline. You can also see some famous artworks including Cloud Gate (AKA The Bean) or enjoy a picnic on Sheep Meadow.
- Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
- Golden Gate Park is one of the largest city parks in the country, with over 1,000 acres of open space for hiking trails and playing fields. The park has beautiful views that make it popular among tourists as well as locals who enjoy running laps around Strawberry Hill Reservoir during an afternoon jog session; there are even yoga classes held here if you want more serenity in your life instead of being surrounded by joggers! This park has an extensive collection of flower beds which makes it possible for visitors from all over world come visit this garden from time to time – so don’t forget about bringing along some camera gear just incase!
1. Luxembourg Garden (Paris, France)
The Luxembourg Garden is one of the best-known and most visited public gardens in Paris. The garden is located in the 6th arrondissement, or district, of Paris. The park is open to the public and free to visit. It’s also owned by the French government.
The Luxembourg Garden was designed by Marie de’ Medici (1575–1642), Queen Consort of King Henry IV (1553–1610) and mother of Louis XIII (1601–1643). Marie wanted her garden to be a place “where people can enjoy nature.” She created this unique area with fountains, statues, grottos filled with flowers and plants—and even fish ponds filled with carp!
2. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Cape Town, South Africa)
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a beautiful public garden located in Cape Town, South Africa. It covers an area of 150 hectares and has over 8 000 plant species from around the world. Kirstenbosch was founded in 1913 by Sir Arthur Patrick Bolus and it is named after his wife. The National Botanical Gardens are known for their design, which emphasizes beauty as well as conservation and education.
The gardens have been open since 1928 and they are classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO since 1999 because of their significance to human history- they contain some of the oldest plant species on earth! Kirstenbosch also boasts one of the most extensive collections of Protea flowers anywhere in the world with over 250 different types available for viewing throughout seasons depending on when you visit (we recommend going in Spring).
Kirstenbosch has many walking trails that take visitors across various landscapes including streams/rivers running through them as well as rocky outcrops overlooking sea cliffs beyond nearby beaches such as Clifton beach which makes this place great for picnics at sunset time too!
3. Butchart Gardens (Victoria, Canada)
- Butchart Gardens
- Located in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada
- Founded in 1913 by Robert Pim Butchart
- Popular tourist attraction
4. Keukenhof (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden in the Netherlands. It’s a must-visit for any gardener or nature lover, and it’s accessible by bus from Amsterdam. Open from April to May and late August to mid-September, Keukenhof has over seven million flower bulbs on display during its peak season. The garden features over one hundred different varieties of tulips and daffodils as well as many more flowers that bloom throughout springtime in Holland.
The gardens are divided into six sections: Spring Garden (April), Flower Pyramid (May), Flower Exhibition Gardens (late June), Summer Garden (July & August), Autumn Landscape Garden (September), and Winter Garden (October). Each section represents a different style of gardening experience: springtime blooms in the Spring Garden; an impressive pyramid made entirely out of tulips; an exhibition featuring millions of bulbs planted at varying depths—from ground level up through tree branches—to create colorful displays throughout all seasons; a lush green expanse filled with seasonal plants; a snowy scene reminiscent of wintertime back home but without any snow!
5. Commons Woods Gardens (Chicago, IL, USA)
Commons Woods Gardens is a public garden in Chicago, Illinois. It’s located in the Lincoln Park community area of Chicago, which is part of the city’s North Side. Commons Woods Gardens was designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen and opened in 1911 as part of an ecological project that included restoring meadows and wetlands along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The gardens are named after the Lincoln Park neighborhood park where they’re located—also known as Commons Woods or simply Woods.
6. Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York City, NY, USA)
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the oldest botanical garden in New York City, and it was founded in 1910. This beautiful public garden is located in the borough of Brooklyn and has over 50,000 plants from around the world. It’s open year-round, and it offers many different activities for visitors to enjoy including a popular summer concert series called Plants+Music which takes place every Thursday evening during July and August at 7:30 pm.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has an impressive collection of flowering trees that you can enjoy throughout your stay at this amazing public park space!
7. Hakone Estate & Gardens (Saratoga, CA, USA)
Hakone Estate & Gardens is a beautiful Japanese garden in Saratoga, California. It’s a great place to visit if you like Japanese gardens, especially since it has so many cherry blossoms.
8. The Palm House at Kew Gardens (London, UK)
The Palm House at Kew Gardens is an open-air tropical greenhouse and one of the most iconic buildings in the world. It was built as a replacement for its predecessor, which was destroyed by fire in 1861. The original design was based on a sketch by Sir William Chambers but it was redesigned to become one of the largest glasshouses in the world after his death.
The Palm House is considered to be one of the most important Victorian attractions and has been visited by over 100 million people since opening 150 years ago. It covers over 10 acres and has been called many things over its lifetime including “the world’s largest glasshouse”, “the largest Victorian glasshouse” or simply “the biggest single-span structure ever built”.
9. Jardin Majorelle (Marrakech, Morocco)
The Jardin Majorelle is a botanical garden and museum located in Marrakech, Morocco. It was created by French painter Jacques Majorelle.
The garden is home to a range of plants from all over the world, many of which are rare or exotic. Some are native to Morocco and some have been imported from elsewhere in Africa or Europe. The gardens include a large number of cacti, succulents, citrus groves and palms among other things along with water features such as fountains and ponds.
In addition to being a popular tourist attraction it’s also a popular place for weddings!
10. West Greenhouse at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens (Bristol, RI, USA)
The West Greenhouse at Blithewold is a National Historic Landmark that has been open to the public since 1930. It’s home to over 50 different types of ferns and flowering plants, including the Victoria Regina, which was named after Queen Victoria and is said to be one of the oldest ferns in existence today. The greenhouse also showcases orchids from all over the world, including Argentina and Brazil as well as native Rhode Island plants such as wild ginger (Asarum canadense). There are also an array of sculptures inside this greenhouse that were created by prominent artists such as Paul Manship, who was commissioned by Mrs. William Reynolds “to create two statues based on Greek mythology” while he was living in New York City during World War I — one entitled Venus Rising Over Eight Seas II (1920) and another called Chariot of Fire (1924).
Blithewold Mansion & Gardens is located at 1 Elmwood Ave., Bristol RI 02809-1851 USA with free admission year round!
11. Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix, AZ, USA)
The Desert Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located in Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona. It was established in 1939 to protect and display the desert’s native flora and foster an appreciation of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem. The garden is a non-profit educational institution that helps people discover plants in their own backyards and around the world.
It’s open to the public year-round, with over 50,000 different kinds of plants on display. The park has five distinct gardens: Mexican Border Garden; South America Pavilion; Asia Pacific Rim Pavilion; North American Northwest Coast Pavilion; and Desert Gardens (a place where you can see some of the most amazing desert plants).
12. El Jardín Botánico Francisco Javier Clavijero in Xalapa-Enríquez (Xalapa, Mexico)
El Jardín Botánico Francisco Javier Clavijero, located in Xalapa, Mexico, is home to a variety of plants and animals. It was founded in 1878 and named after one of Mexico’s most notable historians: Francisco Javier Clavijero (1731–1787). UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site because it is considered an example of the Mexican spirit of scientific inquiry into the natural world.
Public gardens are beautiful places to go to relax and enjoy nature
Public gardens are beautiful places to go to relax and enjoy nature. They’re also a great way to get outside and exercise, whether it’s a brisk walk or a leisurely stroll. Public gardens are also an ideal environment for children, who can run around the grounds in safety while their parents read or listen to music on their phones. And if you have a dog, public gardens are one of the best places to take him!
If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of your city, take a trip to one of these public gardens. From the lush greenery of South Africa to the desert plants in Arizona, there is something for everyone.