8 of the World's Most Beautiful Gardens

By Katie Waldeck
5/12/2012 11:31:01 AM

It's finally May and, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, it means one big thing: the world is in bloom again! It's the perfect time of year, then, to visit a botanical garden. Click through to check out some of the most beautiful in the world!

1. Las Pozas, Mexico

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The work of surrealist art patron, poet and eccentric Edward James, this gem is meant to emulate the Garden of Eden. Concrete structures, waterfalls and exotic tropical plants dot the 80 acres of land in Mexico's subtropical rainforest.

2. Jardin Canario, Canary Islands

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These tiny islands, off the northwest coast of Africa, are home to a number of fascinating plants, the Jardin Botanico Canario Viera y Clavijo is home to a number of them. Of particular note is the "Garden of Succulents and Cacti," home to over 10,000 plants.

3. Katsura Imperial Villa, Japan

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The gardens outside of the Katsura Imperial Villa are one the finest examples of Japanese gardening. Built in the early 1600′s by the Katsura imperial family, the grounds come replete with a pond, several bridges, cherry trees and much more.

4. Butchart Gardens, Canada

After Robert Pim Butchart's limestone quarry became exhausted, his wife Jennie turned the pit into a sunken garden. From there, she added a rose garden, an Italian garden, and a Japanese garden. Today, these Victoria, British Columbia gardens are considered among the best in the world.

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