You don't have to choose between bustling city life and serene nature. Next time you need a botanic pick-me-up, duck into one of these (gorgeous) public urban gardens—from Barcelona to Singapore, Rio to Rome. The roses and orchids are waiting...
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Jardin des Tuileries Paris
Stroll the gravel paths of the Tuileries—attracting fashionable Parisians since the 1600s—and you’ll find formal gardens, sculptures, monuments, and glimpses of some of the city's most famous attractions, including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Place de la Concorde. For a little more excitement, visit the jardin between June 28 and August 24, when the Fête des Tuileries brings rides and other carnival attractions to the 63-acre grounds.
Catedral de Barcelona Barcelona
The Gothic Catedral de Barcelona is a sight unto itself, but don't forget to make time to visit the cathedral's 14th-century cloister. It boasts a garden with palm trees, magnolias, and an orange tree nestled among sculptures, carvings, and a grand fountain. The garden is also home to 13 white geese—one for each of the tortures suffered by St. Eulalia, a patron saint of Barcelona—and the site of l'ou com balla, a tradition celebrated during the feast of Corpus Christi, when a decorated egg "dances" in the spray of the fountain.
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Roseto Comunale di Roma Rome
Rome's municipal rose garden opens to the public every year in late spring, when more than 1,100 different varieties of roses from around the world bloom with Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill as a backdrop. Rare roses can be found here, including Rosa chinensis Mutabilis, which has petals that change color over time, and Rosa foetida, known for its unpleasant odor. Notice anything unusual about the path through the garden? The grounds used to be a Jewish cemetery, and the roads through the rose bushes are in the shape of a menorah.
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