Botanical gardens to visit around the world

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Forestiere Underground Gardens
5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722, USA

The Underground Gardens tourist destination offers an intriguing tale for all ages that is well worth a stop. The Underground Gardens is what it sounds like: A weaving labyrinth of caverns, rooms and passages all dug underground and filled with fruit trees, vines and plants in spaces that open to the sky. This oddity was built – or shall we say, dug – by Italian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere for about 38 years starting in 1906.

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Planten un Blomen Garden
Planten un Blomen, Marseiller Str. 7, 20355 Hamburg, Germany

A visit to the Planten un Blomen Garden on your Hamburg tour is a must, whether you are a flower and garden lover, adore open spaces, enjoy dancing water fountains, or just want a nice place for a stroll or picnic. Now, not many non-Germans head there – obvious in the fact that the official Hamburg tourism website doesn’t have the garden’s page translated into English!

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West Martello Tower
1100 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040, USA

West Martello Tower – Dating back to 1862, this Civil War-era fort now houses the Key West Garden Club. It never was totally finished as a fort. You find lovely cooling gardens filled with hideaways, and native and tropical plants, some one of a kind.

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UC Davis Arboretum
UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery, 920 Garrod Drive, Davis, CA 95616, United States

Alongside the roar of Interstate 80 connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Tahoe is an award-winning botanical garden that beckons plant-lovers, gardeners or anyone looking for a relaxing park setting – the UC Davis Arboretum. The park-like arboretum itself beckons with winding paths, benches and plant collections with different themes.

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Jardin du Luxembourg
Luxembourg Gardens, 75006 Paris, France

Paris is a marvelous, invigorating city with many corners to explore but sometimes you have to make like a Parisian and go to the park to escape it all. The Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement near the Sorbonne and only about a mile from St. Michel and the Seine River is just right for that.

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Thanksgiving Point Gardens
Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, 3900 Garden Dr, Lehi, UT 84043, USA

Salt Lake City — home of murky salt lakes, vast salt flats and towering mountain peaks – isn’t the first place you think of when conjuring up images of lush gardens. But Thanksgiving Point Gardens, just 30 minutes south in Lehi, is a beautiful respite that leaves you gaping in awe as you stroll the grounds.

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Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Saint Austell PL26 6EN, UK

Make no mistake about it: Whether you are a fan of hiking, history, flowers, botany, mysteries, or stories of restoration, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are for you — kids and adults alike.

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Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Fiji Islands, Wailoko Raod, Nadi, Fiji

While we will admit to being fans of visiting botanical gardens anywhere in the world, Fiji’s Garden of the Sleeping Giant is one that is truly special. Yes, really. Even non-flower lovers and non-botanical garden enthusiasts – and there was one among us – should put this on their Fiji list.

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Villandry Castle Gardens
Château de Villandry, 3 Rue Principale, 37510 Villandry, France

The Loire Valley, about an hour south of Paris, is known for its wines – mostly a softer, lighter rosé or white but also some vibrant reds – as well as for its castles. You could spend weeks visiting all the wineries and castles – or longer. But be sure to stop in to see the Villandry castle gardens.

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Review of the Q! Resort in Kitzbuhel, Austria

Review of the Q! Resort in Kitzbuhel, Austria

There are numerous fantastic hotel options in Kitzbuhel, Austria. However, if you are arriving by train, or looking for a hotel that will also provide amazing food for breakfast and dinner, consider booking your stay at the Q! Resort in Kitzbuhel.

Enchanting Botanical Nights at the Berlin Botanical Gardens

Enchanting Botanical Nights at the Berlin Botanical Gardens

Botanical Nights in the Botanical Garden Berlin make visiting a botanical garden something full of mystery, magic, intrigue, musicians, lightshows and fun. Plants, trees, greenhouses and ponds come alive during Berlin’s Botanical Nights.

What to do in Salta Argentina: The ultimate Salta city guide

What to do in Salta Argentina: The ultimate Salta city guide

Wondering what to do in Salta, Argentina? We suggest you think broadly since you cannot really separate the city of Salta from the province of Salta. Visit 9th of July Square, Cathedral of Salta, Church of San Francisco, Museum of High Altitude Archeology and more, including Cafayate for wine tasting.

Great things to do in New Jersey + best views of Manhattan

Great things to do in New Jersey + best views of Manhattan

From amazing views of Manhattan (night and day), to historic memorials, beautifully developed waterfront walks, expansive parks, the best access to the Statue of Liberty, and really laid-back downtown areas with street art and pedestrian zones, there are so many things to do in New Jersey!

24 hours in Albany – fascinating walk through time

24 hours in Albany – fascinating walk through time

Think there is not much to do in Albany? Think again. Despite what many may think, there are absolutely a LOT of fun and interesting things to do and see in Albany, the state capital of New York. You just have to know where to look, which we do. 24 hours flies by!

What to do in Regensburg: The ultimate Regensburg city guide

What to do in Regensburg: The ultimate Regensburg city guide

Regensburg is Germany’s “best-preserved” with plenty do do and see. Things to do in Regensburg include wandering along medieval streets in Old Town (Altstadt), walk across the Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge) spanning the Danube, and see Roman walls, tour churches, towers and even a torture chamber.

What to do in Munich: The ultimate Munich city guide

What to do in Munich: The ultimate Munich city guide

Munich is more than Oktoberfest, and we’ll tell you what the city offers: Englischer Garten, Marienplatz city square, museums, architectural gems, amazing food, and even surfing. Our ultimate Munich city guide will inspire you.

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Botanical gardens to visit around the world