With temperatures dropping, and snow on the ground in places that are more than a little shocked to even see it, it’s hard to believe that this cold, grey snow covered landscape will ever go away. However, just below the surface and not so many months away are the burgeoning gardens of the spring. It’s hard to picture now, but in a few short months some of the best gardens in the world will be in full resplendent bloom once again. Island Trader Vacations invites you to come with us as we take a closer look at 3 of the best.
Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada was created in 1904. Ranked one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, they see almost a million visitors annually. People flock to see nearly 900 varieties of blooms that start flowering in March and last until October on the 55 acres of gardens. Butchart Gardens also has a rose garden and a Japanese and Italian garden in addition to its more standard mixed gardens. These gardens are sure to make you appreciate the warmer seasons with the varying hues and textures of flowers by the thousands.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland is a quirky and interesting place. First created as a private garden by Charles Jenks, today the garden covers 30 acres and has 40 themed areas and is open to the public. There are sculptures and bridges throughout. You might find yourself in a representation of fractal geometry with flowers and plants or trying to understand the tiniest blocks of matter symbolized on the Quark Walk. This is not you average countryside garden, but an interesting display of science represented through an array of flowers, trees and plants.
When we think of spring flowers, the Netherlands of course come to mind. The Keukenhof is often referred to as “the Garden of Europe”. This is due to the fact that it is the largest flower garden in the world and encompasses 79 acres. There are millions of bulbs that spring from the earth in the spring in an array of cheery colors. There are also 2500 trees in 87 varieties located throughout the grounds. You are sure to come across some stunning sculptures as this is also the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands and they are located throughout the gardens.
When we are in the thick of winter, it’s sometimes hard to believe that we will ever see greenery again, or anything growing from the dormant ground. These gardens are a testament to the bounty of optimal weather conditions when the winter finally breaks and are a stunning celebration of nature’s colorful bounty. Plan a trip to a botanic garden near you.