Four unmissable gardens to tour in your lifetime

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There are plenty of splendid gardens to explore further afield in the world where the climate is more temperate, where purple orchids and orange bromeliads are in full bloom and where tropical trees such as yellow cow wood are plentiful.

Below is a selection of tours to destinations which offer horticultural delights and sunshine – or at least milder climes.

1. Floral Marrakesh

The iconic electric-blue Jardin Majorelle is filled with coconut palms, bougainvilleas and 300 other plant species from all over the world. A six-day Marrakesh and Flowers of the Atlas Mountains tour from Brightwater Holidays takes in this magnificent garden, with visits to the new Le Jardin Secret, designed by the English landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith; the Nectarome aromatic garden; and Jnane Tamsna (or “big garden”), a private estate in the Palmeraie, where the tour is based for four nights.

2. Tantalising Tasmania

A seven-day Private Gardens, Art and Taste of Tasmania tour from Botanica World Discoveries offers access to private gardens not normally open to the public. Highlights include private visits to Old Wesleydale, an English garden in Mole Creek, and the cottage gardens in the historic towns of Oatlands, Richmond, and Ross.

There are also stops at public gardens, such as Corinda House with its symmetrical parterres and box hedges; Epsom House, one of Australia’s oldest mansions with beautifully designed formal gardens; and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, which has collections dedicated to various regions of the island-state.

3. California Dreams

Santa Barbara is often hailed as the American Riviera—and it’s easy to see why. Framed by the San Ynez mountains, this seaside city has been blessed with striking good looks as well as year-round sunshine. Thanks to its Mediterranean-style weather, many plants from around the world flourish here, from roses to cacti. The city is home to world-class gardens, including Lotusland and Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens.

4. Tropical Singapore

Set in a colonial-era landscape harking back to its inauguration as an ornamental park in 1859, Singapore Botanic Gardens now claims to be the most visited botanical garden in the world. A half-day Singapore Botanic Gardens tour from Viator starts at the Swan Lake to view its special feature: a large group of mighty Nibong palms.

Then it’s off to see the delectable Vanda “Miss Joaquim”, Singapore’s national flower, with time to marvel at the tropical rainforests, the palm valley and an orchid garden laid out in four color zones.

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