Also known as the Garden of Europe, “Keukenhof,” meaning “kitchen courtyard” in Dutch, was named after its 15th century use as a place where people hunted and collected food for the castle of Jacoba van Beieren. Landscapers Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul redesigned the park in 1857, creating the basis for today’s English Landscape garden style. Unfortunately for visitors, Keukenhof Garden is only open in spring, when the park’s regular roster of employees jumps from about 50 to 750.
Australia: Hunter Valley Gardens
For a lush, beautiful garden with storybook appeal, you need only travel down under to Pokolbin, Australia to the Hunter Valley Gardens. Broken down into ten distinctly styled gardens that range from the Indian Mosaic Garden to the Formal Garden, this beautiful collection of flora and fauna is the perfect garden for families. Visitors can meander through the Storybook Garden to find colorful mosaics and characters from your favorite nursery rhymes.
Compared to other gardens around the world, the Hunter Valley Gardens are relatively new. Bill and Imelda Roche purchased the property in 1997, took five years to grow and develop the land, then opened the gardens to the public in October 2003. The Hunter Valley Garden Facebook page claims that the gardens contain more than 6,000 trees, 600,000 shrubs and a staggering 1,000,000 ground covers.
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