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Are these really "The 13 Most Amazing Gardens in the World"? Well, they may not be the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but they are sure each an amazing sight. Hopefully they can at least provide some Travel Inspiration, if not some landscaping and gardening inspiration. Please let me know what gardens I missed by commenting in This Thread.


  1. Versaille Versailles, probably the world's most famous garden, was built for Louis XIV and designed by André Le Nôtre.

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  2. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation Strange landforms abound in Charles Jencks' Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
  3. Boboli Gardens The Bobobli Gardens, behind the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy were groundbreaking in the early 18th century for their open design.

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  4. Rikugien Gardens "Rikugien literally means 'six poems garden' and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems."
  5. Claude Monet Gardens in Giverny The pool with nympheas, in Claude Monet's garden at Giverny.
  6. 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.
  7. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Table Mountain looms in the distance of this vista from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in South Africa.
  8. Yu Gardens - Shanghai The 400-year-old Yu Gardens were built in the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Jia Jin, and restored in the 1960s.
  9. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Gardens Designed by Jens Jensens in the 1930s, the Lincoln Memorial Gardens are planted with native species from the three states Lincoln lived in: Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
  10. Exbury Gardens - New Forest, England Amazing colors reflect on the calm waters of Exbury Lake.
  11. Holland's Keukenhof Gardens A showpiece for Holland's unique and beautiful tulips, the manicured landscapes of Keukenhof Gardens abut the rainbow rows of blooming Tulips near Amsterdam.
  12. Mirabell Garden in Salzburg The world-famous Mirabell Gardens were built along a north-south axis and oriented towards the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Salzburger Dom cathedral.
  13. Ryōan-ji Zen Garden in Kyoto, Japan In Kyoto's Ryōan-ji Zen Garden, the empty space is implicitly structured, and is aligned with the temple's architecture.
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