From the elaborate collection of plants and flowers from around the world at Kew Gardens, to the Italianate style of the High Renaissance at Villa Lante, there are gardens around the world that will blow your mind with their beauty. Some specialize in tropical plants, others in desert plants, and some house prized possessions from around the world. And whether it was started 10 years ago or 500 years ago, some of these gardens will inspire you to buy a plane ticket today. Until then, enjoy!

Villa Lante (Bagnaia, Italy)

There’s a Pegasus fountain, cascades to fountains, and dripping grottoes. And that’s just for starters. With the absolute symmetry of the Italianate-style garden, the famous Villa Lante is reminiscent of a bygone era, and dates back to the Renaissance.

Jardim Botanico de Curitiba (Curitiba, Parana, Brazil)

This botanical garden was designed in the French garden style, with fountains, waterfalls and lakes. A most striking feature is the art nouveau style greenhouse, created in a similar design to the Crystal Palace of mid-1800’s London, which is filled with tropical plants and flowers.

Kew Gardens (London, England)

Kew Gardens began in 1759 and has been collecting from around the world for the last 250 yeas. At 326 acres, it is home to more than 50,000 species of plants from around the globe. Pictured is the famous Waterlily House.

Desert Botanical Gardens (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

The Desert Botanical Gardens, in central Arizona, was founded in 1937. The 140 acres exhibit the largest desert plant collection in the world, with over 17,000 species of desert plants.

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