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If you were only able to visit a handful of the world’s great gardens in your lifetime which would you choose? Worldreviewer.com has found specialists from different avenues in the gardening world and asked them which places they would tell their friends and family not to miss and why, creating an insightful discussion of unmissable gardens.

Monet’s Gardens, Mantes-la-Jolie, France

Created by the world’s best known impressionist, it should come as no surprise that Monet’s Garden is so picturesque. Visitors will encounter an ethereal world of water lilies and willows in the eastern style water garden and a whirlwind of colour in the flower garden. Created in 1883, the garden is a must for artists, photographers and anyone interested in discovering what inspired the genius that was Claude Monet.

Great Dixter Gardens, Jadestone, United Kingdom

Regarded as the quintessential English garden, Great Daxter was designed by Christopher Lloyd who devoted his life to creating one of the most experimental and constantly changing gardens in the UK. From yew topiary to carpets of meadow flowers and natural ponds to a formal pool, Lloyd’s legacy is one of wonder and imagination.

Chateau de Versailles Gardens, Versailles, France

Built between 1661 and 1715, the vast and opulent gardens that surround the Palace of Versailles are a fantastic example of French formal gardening – controlling, harnessing and recreating nature. They were masterminded by the garden design guru Andre Le Notre to reflect the extraordinary power of his patron Louis XIV – otherwise known as the Sun King.

Casa de Pilatos, Seville, Spain

In the heart of old Seville, this palace-garden complex grouped around a sequence of patio courtyards in the Andalusian style combines classical, Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance elements to dazzling effect.

Minter Gardens, Chilliwack, Canada

With 11 different themed gardens, the Minter Gardens are a spectacular haven of tranquility. The gardens have rock waterfalls and a conservatory and are set against a mountainous landscape which provides the perfect pairing of natural and man made beauty.

Birr Castle Demesne, Birr, Ireland

This spectacular 17th century, 120 acre garden has a huge collection of over 4,000 trees and shrubs. Perhaps its most spectacular features are the huge telescope, ‘Leviathan’, once the largest in the world, now completely restored; the tallest box hedges in the UK and an extraordinary suspension bridge that crosses one of the rivers.

Montreal Botanic Gardens, Montreal, Canada

With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal Botanical Gardens ranks as one of the world’s largest and most spectacular botanical gardens.

Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon, United Kingdom

The ruins of Fountains Abbey, which was founded in 1132, are the largest such remains in Europe and provide a dramatic focal point for the elegant ornamental lakes, canals, temples and cascades which offer up a succession of dramatic eye-catching vistas. St Mary’s Church provides a majestic focus to the medieval deer park, home to 500 deer and a wealth of flora and fauna.

La Mortola, Ventimiglia, Italy

Overlooking the sea on the Franco/Italian Riviera, La Mortola remains one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world. Thomas Hanbury discovered the terraced promontory in 1867 and with his brother Daniel made a spectacular 45 acre garden with plants from all over the world, grouped together in themes and linked with avenues, terraces, pools and statues down to the seashore.

Wörlitz , Wörlitz, Germany

A landscape garden laid out from 1764 to 1818 for Prince Franz of Anhalt-Dessau as a model of the ideals of the Enlightenment, this garden is set on the shores of a series of lakes and canals, with vistas, islands, ornamental buildings and bridges. You can walk round the garden or be rowed round it in a ‘gondola’.

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