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Seven of the best gardens worldwide

February 2012

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Zen, landscape or botanical - High Life picks seven of the most beautiful spots worldwide to see flora and fauna, from South Africa to Singapore
Ryōan-ji garden, Kyoto, Japan
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Butchart Gardens, British Columbia, Canada
Four stunning gardens with views over 55 acres and 700 varieties of plants blooming from March to October. butchartgardens.com

Stourhead, Warminster, UK
A celebrated example of English 18th-century landscape gardening. nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore
One of the world's prettiest botanic gardens with more than 60,000 varieties of orchid blooming at one time. sbg.org.sg

The Summer Palace, Beijing
The Summer Palace or, literally, Garden of Nurtured Harmony, is the best-preserved imperial garden in the world. summerpalace-china.com

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, South Africa
Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain with an exotic medicinal plants section. sanbi.org/gardens

Ryōan-ji, Kyoto, Japan
One of Japan's most famous Zen gardens with an inscription on the temple reading, 'I learn only to be contented.' ryoanji.jp

Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands
Home to seven million vivid tulips, plus the new near-black Russian tulip named after the famous mystical hag, Baba Yaga. keukenhof.nl

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