Since we are at home, let's take the opportunity to travel a little further and visit the most famous botanical gardens in the world, even if it is virtually. From the famous Kew Gardens near London, to the famous Keukenhof Tulip Garden in the Netherlands, through the greenhouse of the Buffalo Botanical Garden, each one tries to teach its wonders in different ways, now that most of them remain closed due to the pandemic.
We propose a virtual visit to the 10 best botanical gardens that we have selected for you. We hope you like it and we wish you a happy travel online.
1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew : the world’s finest botanical garden and plant research center, South West London, also known as Kew Gardens. With 120 hectares and more than 30,000 different species of plants of all types., the spectacular glasshouses to reproduce different types of climates worldwide. It is one of the biggest herbariums in the world and hosts the Millennium Seed Bank Project in Wakehurst, another park preserved by the institution in Sussex. Each visitor will be impressed whatever the season. But today confinement means virtual visits.
2. Keukenhof, located in Lisse, a half an hour car trip south west from Amsterdam. It is the mecca for bulb plants lovers. The biggest world flower show with its 32 hectares and more than 800 tulip varieties, narcissus, hyacinths, muscaris… without forgetting the multitude of annual flowers and deep-rooted plants. The park was inaugurated in 1950. Every year it is visited by one million visitors. But confinement does not allow us to go there this year. So we will have to visit it thanks to the videos and photos on the web.
3. The Botanic Garden of Berlin, features the biggest glasshouse in the world with its 6,000 square meter showing a collection of carnivorous plants, 25 meter high bamboos and a pond of giant water lilies. The garden is set on 43 hectares with more than 20,000 different plants. Unfortunately, a virtual visit is not the best solution but Instagram will show you more beautiful photos.
4. The Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid is only 8 hectares but still there are 5,000 species and a famous collection of bonsais. Since its inauguration in its current location in 1774 by Carlos III, it has stood out for its scientific work. It can be visited virtually thanks to the project of 50 architectural and natural treasures of Spain on Street View.
5. The Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a 12-hectare botanical garden that specialises in palm trees. This project is unique in the world. It has transformed a municipal rubbish dump into a recreational space for plant lovers, bursting with spectacular plant life brought here through partnerships with institutions from all over the world. The Santa Cruz Palmetum Gardens are home to the greatest collection of palms in Europe, thought to be the largest botanical collection of tropical island palms in the world. While we cannot make vacations in the Canary Islands, we can start enjoying this magnificent 3D virtual visit that they offer us on their website.
6. The Kirstenbosch ("botanical garden" in Boer) is one of the great botanical gardens in the world and was the first to be declared a World Heritage Site. It is located in Cape Town, South Africa. Its 528 hectares are home to species of all kinds, mainly indigenous. It can be visited thanks to Googlemaps Street view.
7. The Singapore Botanic Garden is also one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world, due to its extensive collection of orchids, which brings together more than 3,000 different varieties. In its 63 hectares it also houses a rain forest and a spice garden. You can visit inside with Street view.
8. A virtual visit deserves the greenhouse of the Buffalo Botanical Garden in the United States, registered in the US Register of Historic Places and which houses collections of orchids, bromeliads, succulents and ponsetias in December.
9. As the first botanical garden in the United Kingdom (founded in 1621), at its oldest university, the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum deserves a special mention for its history and academic location. It houses some of the UK's best coniferous collections, set within 52 hectares of picturesque historical scenery. For your virtual visit it is necessary to have Quicktime, but it is worth it.
10. The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is located in the city center, just behind the famous Opera House. In its 30 hectares it exhibits about 10,000 species, many of them native to Australia, among which tree ferns, conifers such as wolemi pine and taxa of Gondwana stand out, the old continental block that after separating in the Jurassic and Cretaceous gave rise to the current continents of South America, Africa and Australia.