Life can be stressful, so it is important to take a break every now and again. Going on vacation is a great way to do this but if you want to go a step further on your search for relaxation you should visit some horticultural attractions. Gardens are often designed to be places of tranquillity where you can go to unwind, as well as to be at one with nature therefore, we have lent you a hand and listed the top 3 horticultural attractions for you to visit.
Monet’s Gardens, Giverny, France
With even the most basic art history knowledge, you would surely recognise this garden as the inspiration for some of Monet’s most famous works. Monet was so taken by the area of Giverny that he set up home there are created his own garden. The garden’s most famous features are archways of climbing plants and water features including the water lily pond with a Japanese style bridge. It is a lovely, relaxing place to walk around and while you’re there you can take a look around his home, as well as the Museum of Impressionism which is a must-see for art lovers.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Australia
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are rich in aboriginal history. Here, you can see and learn about all kinds of native and exotic plants in stunning themed gardens such as the Australian rainforest garden or the herb garden. There are a variety of tours and walks including taking a train through the gardens if you wish. The Calyx is another attraction here which is an indoor spectacle containing the largest green wall in the southern hemisphere; quite a sight to behold! There are various events held here so if you do visit, make sure you choose your day carefully and take a look at Qantas hotels Melbourne CBD to really make the most of your stay.
Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
The Ryoan-ji Temple is a zen Buddhist sculpture in one of the most famous districts of Japan; Kyoto. It’s surrounding gardens contain one of the only remaining examples of ‘dry landscape’, which is a traditional form of Japanese garden consisting of rock formations. The rocks are laid in specific patterns, mainly linear, in order to create a meditative state for its visitors. The Ryoan-ji Temple is a UNESCO world heritage site and as well as having one of the most famous zen gardens, also has a water garden, examples of traditional Japanese cherry trees which are breath-taking, and a traditional Japanese tea house which is a rare sight.
These three speciality gardens make for some stunning visual experiences as well as teaching you so much about the history of the areas in which they have been built. By visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne you will learn all about aboriginal history, the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto will give you a fascinating insight into Japanese zen Buddhist culture and will be the ultimate relaxation experience, and Monet’s gardens as well as being thoroughly enjoyable to stroll around, will educate you on the life of one of the world’s most famous artists. For more travel tips, take a look at omnilit.com.