These are the top 10 most Instagrammed gardens around the world – and two are in the UK

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From Kew to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, these are the top 10 most-snapped natural spots around the globe. 

While Instagram historians would have you believing that the millennial love for gardens is a recent emergence, in fact we’ve been flocking to these urban oases for centuries. The only difference is that now we’re able to share our passion for glasshouses full of lush green leaves to hundreds of followers. And thanks to geo-tagging, a new study has been able to pinpoint just which gardens across the globe are the most Instagrammed.

Research by Faraway Furniture analysed which gardens have been shared and hashtagged the most time on the apps – and the UK is the only country to have two gardens in the top 10. Well, we are a nation of plant lovers…  

10. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South Africa 
Cost: £3.72

Located at the eastern foot of Table Mountain, Cape Town, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has a strong focus on cultivating indigenous plants of South Africa. Recommended visiting time is at the end of winter, spring or early summer to see the maximum number of flowering plants. Founded in 1913, the gardens are also home to the grave of Harold Pearson, the first Honorary Director of Kirstenbosch who oversaw its construction. 

9. Villa d’Este, Italy
Cost: £7.13 

The gardens of Villa d’Este – a 16th century villa located in Tivoli, near Rome – are famed for the many grand water features that great visitors as they ascend the hill on which the building is located. Now an Italian state museum, the gardens are home to over 51 fountains. A hefty water bill no doubt… 

8. Summer Palace, China

Once a Qing Dynasty imperial garden, the temples, pavilions and horticulture that make up the Summer Palace gardens in Beijing are said to be the best preserved of its type in the world. Highlights include the Kunming Lake and Garden of Virtue and Harmony; the perfect way to take stock after a stroll. 

7. Eden Project, UK

Although only open since 2001, Cornwall’s Eden Project has proved one the UK’s top travel attractions. A series of biodomes that sit in a giant crater, it houses a huge variety of plants, from canopies of vines (it’s home to the world’s largest captive rainforest) to groves of lemon trees. 

6. Longwood Gardens, USA

Pennsylvania might not be the first location to spring to mind when thinking of the globe’s best gardens, but the 1000+ acres that make up Longwood Gardens have definitely earned their spot on the list. ‘Accidentally’ (or so the story goes) Longwood was founded by an entrepreneur who simply wanted to create a beautiful spot for friends and family to enjoy. Now the gardens are one of America’s top horticultural destinations. Figures.

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5. Jardin Majorelle, Morocco

Created by French artist Jacques Majorelle (the clue’s in the name) over two decades, the Jardin Majorelle gardens and the Marrakech property they were attached to were later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent who lovingly restored them. The result is two-and-a-half acres of gorgeous landscaping, characterised by exotic plants and the bright blue buildings that surround them. 

4. Jardim Botanico, Brazil

Designed in Rio di Janeiro royal order in 1808, the lush Jardim Botanico is home to an incredible orchid house, boasting over 600 species of orchid, and a lake on which floats super-sized Vitória Régia water lilies. It’s also famed for its wildlife – visitors here can expect to catch glimpses of rare birds like the channel-billed toucan, and even a marmoset or two.  

3. Keukenhof, Netherlands

A flower park situated in Lisse, Holland, Keukenhof is only open for a few months during spring. Every year seven million bulbs are planted, giving bloom to 32 hectares of flowers. And yes, there’s loads of tulips. The park is closed for 2019 though so prospective visitors will have to wait until 21 March 2020 before they can see the sight for themselves. 

2. Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, UK

Probably the most famous garden in England, Kew is the byword for botanical treasures in the UK. Does it need an introduction? A short one regardless: founded in 1840, it lays claim to the ‘largest and most diverse botanical collections in the world’. Not too shabby.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Three waterfront gardens make up the 101 hectares of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, which form part of a national project to make a ‘city in a garden’ and has rightfully earned it a reputation as one of the greenest metropolitan settlements in the world.  Featuring sights like the tropical Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome conservatory, Gardens by the Bay has earned its spot as number one. 

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Moya Lothian-McLean

Moya Lothian-McLean is a freelance writer with an excessive amount of opinions. She tweets @moya_lm.

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