Tomorrow, March 19, marks the first day of spring and is also the first day of spring in 124 years. Given the current reality of the quarantine, this is not exactly the best time to explore the gardens of the world, but House Beautiful conducted virtual visits to five impressive gardens from around the world. Get ready to explore the lush and serene gardens of England, France, Chicago and Hawaii and live like a Rothschild, Claude Monet or Royal British. Everything is possible from your living room!. Real estate property
1 Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, England
Waddesdon Manor is a neo-Renaissance style castle that has been the home of the Rothschild family since the late 1800s, with its first owner, Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, and its last owner, James de Rothschild. After his death in 1959, James de Rothschild abandoned the house, grounds and most of the collections seen throughout the house by the National Trust, so that the public could visit and enjoy the house and gardens. Since then, the Rothschild Foundation has managed Waddesdon Manor and is one of the National Trust’s most visited sites, with more than 466,000 visitors in 2018. The gardens were designed by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild with the help of landscape architect Elie Lainé. The impressive interiors of Waddesdon Manor can also be visited virtually here.
2 Claude Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France
Legend has it that the famous French painter Claude Monet decided that he had to move to Giverny, France, seeing the picturesque city from a train window. After buying his own house and land in Giverny, Monet declared his vision of creating his own picturesque gardens to paint them. Water lilies, a series of around 250 Monet paintings, were inspired by his gardens, which include prominent works such as The Water Lily Pond, known for its Japanese bridge overlooking a peaceful lily pond. Monet’s garden was his main source of artistic inspiration for the last three decades of his life, and he even painted numerous creations in dealing with the visual impairment of falls. When you are done visiting the gardens, you can practically visit Monet’s house as well.
3 Chicago Botanic Gardens, Chicago IL
With more than 50,000 members, the Chicago Botanical Garden is the largest member of any public garden in the United States. And it is easy to understand why: the garden has 385 acres and has a total of 27 gardens and four natural areas; therefore, there is a lot to see here, whether on a virtual tour or in real life. The Chicago Horticultural Society, founded in 1890, officially opened the Chicago Botanic Gardens in 1972. To this day, the Chicago Horticultural Society operates the historic garden located in Windy City, while Cook County’s Forest Preserve District is its owner. Some of the 27 gardens include the English Walled Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Plant Science Center.
4 Tropical Botanical Garden of Hawaii, Papaikou, HI
The Tropical Botanical Garden of Hawaii sits on 17 acres and includes not only its own garden, but also a nature reserve. With many waterfalls, streams and a boardwalk located on the Pacific coast, this virtual tour is certainly relaxing, both visually and audibly. In 1977, Dan J. Lutkenhouse bought the property that later became the garden, created by Lutkenhouse himself. After the public opening of the Tropical Botanical Garden of Hawaii in 1984, the Lutkenhouse family left the property to a non-profit organization in 1995. Expect to see over 2,000 species of plants, including more than 80 species of heliconias and bromeliads, without mentioning the coconut and the mango. palm trees that have been around for more than a century.
5 Kew Gardens, Richmond, England
Kew Gardens is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which also includes Wakehurst, a historic home and garden located more than an hour away in West Sussex, England. Located on 326 acres and with its own palace, it is no wonder that Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This virtual tour also includes the Kew Palace, the main surviving structure known as the Dutch House, which was once the residence of King George III and his family. Although it is the smallest existing royal palace, it is still an impressive historic house, made in the manner of Mannerist architecture with Dutch influences. Kew Gardens and Wakehurst have a total of approximately 27,000 plant taxa, more than 8 million specimens of plants and herbarium fungi and a seed bank containing more than 40,000 species.