Botanical Garden World Tour: Classic Botanical Gardens in The World
Nature gave us all kinds of things that are considered delightful to our eyes and we are sure that these botanical gardens should hold high regard in that matter. Not only do they show off their natural beauty, but they are also considered the oldest of their kinds in the world.
If you already used your credit cards for booking a flight to the place we are about to discuss, you should pay a visit to these wonderful places. They do not only hold some of the most beautiful places in the world, but all of them lined up to become the oldest botanical garden on the globe.
Here are some of the world’s oldest botanic gardens that we can still visit.
Orto botanico di Padova, Padua, Italy
The city of Padua in Italy holds the world’s oldest academic botanical garden. It was established in 1545 by the Venetian Republic and partly covers an area of the famed University of Padua. Overall, the area covers 22,000 square meters and boasts a huge variety of plants.
The older folks knew how to put up a good investment in their land and look at the place right now. A luscious garden filled with all kinds of nature’s gifts toward mankind.
It was initially created to study all kinds of plants that have medicinal value, as well as plants that are considered poisonous. That way, locals would know the difference and put a remedy if something unfortunate happens.
Gardens of Versailles, France
The Jardins du château de Versailles or popularly known as Gardens of Versailles, is one of the main attractions of the Domaine royal de Versailles or the royal demesne of the château of Versailles. This epic garden covers 800 hectares of land that sports a classic French formal garden style.
Nowadays, more than 6 million people pay tribute to this stunning garden’s elegance and natural beauty. After all, Louis XIV (or popularly known as Louis the Great) placed huge investments in establishing this world-class beauty.
In 1979, the garden and the whole château became part of the famed UNESCO World Heritage List. That goes to show how historically rich and beautiful this garden truly is.
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, England
When you get a chance to visit the UK, make sure you put in extra effort to visit the famous botanical garden in Cornwall. This one of a kind beauty was first handled by the early members of the Cornish Tremayne family during the mid-18th century.
The Lost Gardens is one of the family’s prized possessions even to this date, and the family put a huge investment in restoring the garden back to its former glory after the First World War struck it. The restoration was a huge success and the place became one of the most visited places in the UK.
If you are interested to see this garden, you’ll be surprised to see all kinds of plants and vegetation in the area. The number of sculpted figures added more spice to the overall beauty of the scenery.
Durban Botanic Gardens, South Africa
South Africa is home to the oldest surviving botanical garden on the continent. It holds all kinds of subtropical plants that cover almost 15 hectares of land. That means you’ll never miss any plants that you want to see.
It was created in 1849 for crops like sugar cane, pineapple, tea, and coffee beans. After a couple of years, the garden and the plants within the vicinity grew in variety, and that’s the start of the Durban Botanic Gardens. We have to give South Africa huge credit for maintaining the fields to the state that they are in. The Durban Botanic Gardens would never become Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden if it weren’t for that.