Spring is in full swing and we're all awaiting the heat and blossoms of the summer months. To inspire all of our fellow gardeners and share some of the gorgeous botanical designs from different cultures, we've gathered up images of 10 stunning gardens for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy and dream big!
1. The Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada are located on a National Hertiage site that showcases 55-acres of stunning landscaping and colorful floral art.
2. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Edinburgh, Scotland is a 30-acre sculpture garden that was created by Charles Jencks, an eccentric landscape architect and surreal artist.
3. The Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon, USA is heralded as one of the most beautiful and authentic looking Japanese gardens outside of Japan with its various garden elements and pristine waterfalls.
4. The Nishat Bagh Mughal Gardens in Srinagar, India are terraced gardens built on the eastern side of Dal Lake. This Persian style garden features pools, fountains and canals inside its different terraces.
5. The Eden Project in Cornwall, U.K. contains an impressive collection of plants from around the world under its geodesic domes. The domes are surrounded by lush gardens that have been designed for educational purposes.
6. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden in Papaikou, HI, USA can be considered a museum of living, tropical plants that cover 40-acres on the Big Island. Boasting over 2,000 different plant species, the gardens are a unique representation of a true tropical rainforest that borders the gorgeous Pacific coast.
7. The Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, The Netherlands are recognized as the world's largest flowers garden, boasting more than 7 million flower bulbs on its 32 hectares. Tulips, of course, take center stage.
8. The Gardens of Versaille in Yveline, France were designed in 1661 under the rule of Louis XIV. The original apperance has been mostly maintained to the current day, representing the near preposterous grandeur and luxury that the Baroque royalty enjoyed.
9. The The Gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain were designed in the 16th century to reflect paradise itself. The courtyard gardens and lush greenery have inspired many of the Spanish gardens seen in Mediterranean cities to the modern day.
10. The Spedding House Garden in Cumbria, U.K. won the Cumbria in Bloom Award in 2010, and for an obviously visible purpose.