Best Gardens to See in Europe

Powerscourt Gardens, Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland

Just a 40-minute drive from Dublin in the breathtaking Wicklow Mountains, you’ll discover the grand gardens and Palladian villa of Powerscourt, constructed in the 18th-century, across 47 acres. This sublime blend of ponds, waterfalls, statuary and ornamental lakes, together with their secret hollows are a delight to behold. Cascading terraces and formal landscapes were planned with carefully designed paths framed by the beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Italy

A Renaissance cardinal hoped to make life in Tivoli more enjoyable by transforming a dilapidated Benedictine monastery into a picturesque villa, the Villa d’Este. The masterpiece is its Italian garden. Known as one of the most fascinating gardens and fountain complexes on earth, it’s listed by UNESCO as one of the country’s 31 major historical sites. The gardens offer an impressive concentration of grottoes and fountains. The highlights include the Fontana del Bicchierone, a mossy fountain with water pouring from a large shell-shaped basin, and the Rometta fountain.

Tips on Garden Photography

Use it. Even the steadiest of hands isn’t steady enough most of the time.

Try 'Lock Focus' Function

Tap and briefly hold your subject's image on the screen; the focus and exposure will adjust to fit the subject.


Pay attention to the foreground to add dimensions to your photo.

Go with it

If it’s windy, try video to capture the motion!


Take notes of your shots. People will want to know what those plants are or what time of year it is.

Be Spontaneous

Nature is spontaneous. Bugs, birds and butterflies are gifts. Capture them!

Be Click Happy

Take more photos than you think you’ll need.

Visit These Magnificent Gardens
Suan Nong Nooch Garden, Pattaya, Thailand

With its year-round tropical climate, this diverse park features cactus and pineapple gardens as well as unusual sculpture displays, like the bizarre Umbrella Garden. The Butterfly Garden, a series of maroon and emerald plants, swirling around sidewalks to create a pattern similar to what’s found on butterfly wings, is an interesting highlight, as is a version of Stonehenge, with hundreds of rocks meticulously encircled around manicured shrubbery.

Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Spend an afternoon enjoying a leisurely stroll among the ponds, well-manicured lanes and gardens, including several areas which feature plants of specific Brazilian regions like the Amazon. The royal palms are the park’s most well-known symbol, with some dating back to the period of Dom Joao VI (1767-1826). As you walk among the cocoa, rubber trees and inhale the pungent aroma of the abrico-de-macaco trees, keep an eye out for falling fruit as their hefty size can do some damage if you aren’t careful.

The Master-of-Nets Garden, Suzhou, China

It was designed during the Song dynasty, 960-1270 AD, using an arrangement of waterside perches, captivating bamboo groves, pavilions, halls and music rooms, embodying the definition of natural harmony.

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Patrick Cole

CFO at Garden Polis Travel Studio

Whether you want to visit gardens in Italy, Ireland or further afield, in China, Brazil or Thailand, you can be sure that we have a garden tour suited for you! Every detail of our garden tours is carefully considered — even the lodgings are picked for the beauty and planning of their gardens.