The Garden of the Sítio Roberto Burle Marx in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil contains five reflecting pools, a botanical-landscape collection, and foliage that takes the form of visual art throughout the space.
Spring has finally arrived, and that means that parks, yards, and other public green spaces will become lush with new flowers and growth. But in these magnificent gardens around the world, the beauty sticks around all year for us to enjoy.
From the legendary gardens of Versailles to some little-known but magnificent gardens in places like Thailand and China, these are some of the most amazing, diverse, well-tended gardens in the world. If the flowers haven't bloomed in your part of the world just yet, get lost in the images below.
Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands has an impressive display of more than 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.
Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona has a desert plant collection with over 17,000 species, as well as a library, labs, and research facilities.
Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou, China brings together art, nature, and architecture to create an incredibly appealing space.
Butchart Gardens in Canada began as a small garden around the home of Robert Pim Butchart. He built the garden from there into what you'll see today.
Hidcote Manor Gardens in Gloucestershire, UK is one of the most influential arts and crafts gardens in Britain. There, "rooms" are created by hedges and trees, as well as gorgeous paths with herbaceous borders.
Versailles Garden in France, famous for being founded by King Louis the 14th, was built by the period's best architects and landscape designers.
Kew Gardens in London began in 1759, when Princess Augusta developed a garden specifically for her. It has over 50,000 different species of plants.
Villa Taranto Gardens in Verbania, Italy is a major attraction, at which you might find yourself lost in flowers and foliage for hours and hours.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida was created as a way to conserve tropical plants, as well as teach people about plants from the area. In fact, it's the leading center of palm tree research in the world.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield, Hyde Park, New York is considered a historic site, in addition to being a carefully tended and absolutely beautiful space.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland is the perfect mixture of math and science: Precisely planned and laid out, this garden's lines and curves will take your breath away.
Suan Nong Nooch in Thailand has the largest variety of palms and cycads in the world, as well as a massive collection of orchids.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
Sanssouci Palace Gardens in Potsdam, Germany was created in 1774 by Frederick the Great, who wanted to cultivate plums, figs, and wines in an area where there were none.
Powerscourt Gardens in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland is one of the most gorgeous gardens in Ireland, and includes massive landscapes, fish ponds, grottos, and beautiful green terraces.
Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco is primarily blue, setting it apart from other gardens of its kind. The current owner is fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
Yuyuan Garden in China was built during the Ming Dynasty, and it's name translates to "Garden of Contentment."