28 of the Most Gorgeous Gardens and Green Spaces Around the World

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Blooming flowers, tranquil fountains, and carefully trimmed hedges may provoke thoughts of spring instead of fall, but with so many gorgeous gardens and green spaces around the world, garden-lovers never have to endure an off-season. These 28 gardens are some of the most picturesque and beautifully maintained the world has to offer, and many of them are open year-round to display the natural beauty of every season.

#1. Gardens of Versailles — Versailles, France

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Cost to visit: $25 for full access to the Chateau de Versailles palace and gardens

#2. Butchart Gardens — Vancouver Island, Canada

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Cost to visit: $30.80 for adults,  $15.40 for youths

#3. Kew Gardens — London, England

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Cost to visit: $21 for adults, children 16 and under are free

#4. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden — Pattaya, Thailand

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Cost to visit: $25 for adults, $20 for children

#5. Villa d’Este — Tivoli, Italy

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Cost to visit: $15.50 for adults, 18 and under are free

#6. Desert Botanical Garden — Phoenix, United States

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Photo credit: RightBrainPhotography

Cost to visit: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (60+), $12 for students (13-18) , $10 for children (3-12)

#7. Keukenhof Gardens —  Lisse, Netherlands

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Cost to visit: $22 for adults, $11 for children (4-11), ages 3 and under are free

#8. Mottisfont Abbey Rose Gardens — Hampshire, England

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Photo credit: ukgardenphotos

Cost to visit: $21 for adults, $10 for children

#9.  Powerscourt House and Gardens — Enniskerry, Ireland

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Photo credit: Diego Sideburns

Cost to visit: $12 for adults, $10.50 for seniors (65+), $10.50 for students, $7 for children (5-16), toddlers are free

#10. Innisfree Garden — Millbrook, United States

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Photo credit: John Weiss

Cost to visit: $6 on weekdays and $7 on weekends, children under 3 are always free

#11. Gardens of the Nezu Museum — Tokyo, Japan

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Photo credit: Wunkai

Cost to visit: $10.25 for general admission

#12. Ascott House Gardens — Buckinghamshire, England

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Photo credit: ukgardenphotos

Cost to visit: $18 for adults, $9 for children

#13. Na Aina Kai Botanical Garden — Kilauea, United States

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Photo credit: Jeff Muceus

Cost to visit: No self-guided tours available, but guided tours start at $35 per adult for 1.5 to 2 hours.

#14. Master of the Nets Garden — Suzhou, China

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Photo credit: Rita Heine

Cost to visit: $7 (Apr.1 – Jun. 30; Sep.1 – Nov. 30), $5.50 (Jul. 1 – Aug. 31; Dec. 1 – Mar. 31)

#15. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden — Cape Town, South Africa

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Cost to visit: $5 for adults, $2.50 for students, $1 for children (6-17), children under 6 are free

#16. Hidcote Manor Gardens — Gloucestershire, England

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Photo credit: Steve Silverman

Cost to visit: $19.75 for adults, $10 for children, $49 for families

#17. Yuyuan Garden — Shanghai, China

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Cost to visit: $7 (Apr. 1 – Jun. 30; Sep. 1 – Nov. 30), $5.50 (Jul. 1 – Aug. 31; Dec. 1 – Mar. 31)

#18. Royal Botanic Gardens — Melbourne, Australia

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Photo credit: Charlievdb

Cost to visit: Admission is free

#19. Villa Éphrussi de Rothschild — Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

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Photo credit: twiga269 ॐ FEMEN

Cost to visit: $18 for adults, $14 for children (7-17), Ages 7 and under are free

#20. Sans Souci — Potsdam, Germany

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Photo credit: Veronica

Cost to visit: $26.75 for adults, $11.25 for children

#21. Garden of the Sítio Roberto Burle Marx — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Photo credit: thefuturistics

Cost to visit: $4.50 for general admission

#22. The Alhambra and the Generalife — Granada, Spain

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Cost to visit: $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free

#23. Stourhead — Warminster, England

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Cost to visit: $26.50 for adults, $13 for children, $63 for families

#24. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden — Coral Gables, United States

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Photo credit: Ethan Oringel

Cost to visit: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors (65+), $12 for children (6-17), children under 6 are free

#25. Jardin Majorelle — Marrakech, Morocco

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Cost to visit: $6.50 for adults, $3 for children

#26. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation – Dumfries, Scotland

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Photo credit: John Lord

Cost to visit: $11 for general admission

#27. Claude Monet’s Garden — Giverny, France

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Cost to visit: $14.50 for adults, $9.50 for children and students, children under 7 are free

#28. Kenroku-en Garden — Ishikawa, Japan

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Photo credit: Ryan Poplin

Cost to visit: $3 for general admission, early admission (before regular opening hours) is free

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C, Mexico and around the world. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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