botanical gardens where the grass is always greener

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Jardim Botânico

Curitiba, Brazil

The gardens of Versailles are not the only European reference in the park: its central path leads to a glass and steel greenhouse that’s evocative of the Crystal Palace, an old structure in London’s Hyde Park. In addition to a sensorial garden, the complex is also home to an Atlantic Forest preservation area.

Rua Engenheiro Ostoja Roguski

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El Rosedal

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Inaugurated in 1914, this place with over 90 rose species is probably the most unique park in Palermo. Dotted with water fountains and pergolas, the inspiring scenery also has an area dedicated to poets like Shakespeare and García Lorca.

Avenida Infanta Isabel

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Jardín Botánico

Medellín, Colombia

A country famous for its roses would certainly have a wonderful garden – look up and you’ll have one of the most surprising views of the locale: Orquideorama is an events venue covered by petal-shaped wood structures that form giant flowers. The park is also home to a butterfly house and a lake.

Calle 73 c/carrera 51

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Bok Tower Gardens

Lake Wales, United States

Located between Tampa and Orlando, it’s home to azalea and camellia fields, in addition to edible gardens, where the famous Florida oranges are picked from the tree. The experience gets even more idyllic with the sounds of the Singing Tower – with 60 bells, it rings twice a day, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tower Boulevard, 1151

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Giardino del Lago

Rome, Italy

Villa Borghese has been included on tours of Rome because of the exuberant beauty of its boulevards and its proximity to attractions like Via Veneto. The fascination continues on a visit to Galleria Borghese, whose collection has works by such masters as Raphael, Caravaggio, and Bernini.

Piazzale Napoleone I

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Les Jardins de Monet à Giverny

Giverny, France

An hour’s drive from Paris, life imitates art: there you’ll find some of the sceneries painted by Claude Monet. The artist, who spent part of his life on the property (which is currently home to a museum), let the plants grow freely, without constraint. There are two gardens: Clos Normand, in front of Monet’s house, and Jardin d'Eau, a Japanese-inspired water garden.

Rue Claude Monet, 84

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Kew Gardens

London, United Kingdom

Imagine 121 soccer fields. This is the approximate size of the British Royal Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. It’s also impressive for having the biggest Victorian greenhouse in the world, the Temperate House. Accessible via the subway station of the same name, it’s also home to cafés and restaurants.

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