Come February and birds chirp with the rising sun, the flowers bloom and trees blossom. It seems nature is rejoicing and celebrating. The month itself seems like a festival. With the Valentine’s Day falling in February, it is indeed time to celebrate your love, togetherness and intimate commitments. What better way to do so than visiting the best gardens of the world with your beau? The beauty and the pristine nature of the gardens, the smiling colourful flowers are sure to nurture and strengthen your mutual bond. As Rumi says, “Beauty surrounds us, but we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” Take a trip to the loveliest gardens of the world! 

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Lavender Garden Cotswolds UK

53 acres of purple flowers dancing in the breeze planted since the year 2000, make for a breath taking sight of the lovely lavender fields in Cotswolds UK. The lavender is harvested, and essential oils are extracted and sold in the farm shop. The best time of the year to visit is July. The farm is set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold Hills overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham.

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Garden of the Nezu Museum Japan

It was formerly known as the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, in the Minato district of Tokyo, Japan. Its vast, Japanese-style garden has two ponds connected by small streams. Upon every turn of the numerous winding paths, you can see a new garden lantern, memorial stone, Buddha or Kan’non statue. It has some well-preserved tea houses. Near the main building, there is a modern cafe. The wide window front on three sides let’s you enjoy the garden while having a light lunch or coffee and cake.

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Tulip Garden Amsterdam

In the Historical Garden the Tulips themselves tell of the development of 400 years of tulip growth and cultivation in the Netherlands. Here you will find the origin of the tulip and a reproduction of the Clusius garden, planted with tulips including varieties which have been cultivated for four centuries. It was thanks to Carolus Clusius that the tulip became such an icon of the Netherlands. So what are you thinking, put on your vagabond shoes and explore. Nature beckons you!

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Majorelle Morocco
The Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. As you enter you amble along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; walking past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers. You would hear the rustling of leaves and the chirping of birds. Stop, for the path turns unexpectedly, revealing a building with Moorish charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant primary colours, glowing with an intense blue which the artist perceived in the Atlas Mountains. Soothed and enchanted by the harmony of this luxuriant and vivid imagery, you have discovered a calming retreat near the bustling city. Enjoy!

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Villa Lante Italy
The gardens of the Villa Lante features cascades to fountains and dripping grottoes. The visual and harmonious choreography of water and the mechanical perfection of its flow is the specialty of this garden. In the first of the ascending terraces is the Fontana dei Lumini (Fountain of the Lamps), a circular tiered fountain. On the next are yet further fountains and grottos and two small Cassini called the Houses of the Muses, the sides of which frame the large Fountain of the Deluge that terminates the main axis of the garden. On the third terrace is a large and long stone table, with a central channel with water flowing to keep the wine cool. At the back of this terrace, are large sculpted river gods flanking a fountain. Directly above and supplying the water for the fountain is the catena d’acqua or chain of water, a water feature (gioco d’acqua) that can be seen in many 16th-century gardens.

 

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Mount Stewart Ireland
A 19th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland, it was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry. She redesigned the gardens in the most lavish way possible. Prior to her husband’s succession in 1915 the gardens had been plain lawns with large decorative pots. She added the Shamrock Garden, the Sunken Garden, increased the size of the lake, added a Spanish Garden with a small hut, the Italian Garden, the Dodo Terrace, Menagerie, the Fountain Pool and laid out walks in the Lily Wood and rest of the estate. In 1957, she gave the gardens to the National Trust.