12 of the most beautiful gardens in the world

Jardin Majorelle Morocco

The plant kingdom is a diverse and versatile kingdom. Consider, for example, the myriad ways people have cultivated green things for practical and recreational uses: orderly formal gardens, romantic faux-wild gardens, Shakespeare gardens, Zen gardens, urban gardens, indoor gardens, sprawling botanical gardens, tuck-aways. Secret gardens, medicinal gardens, even poison gardens (Peter Rabbit, be warned.)

Amazing Gardens of the World (Amber Books Ltd, $29.99) takes readers on a world tour of 100 horticultural wonders in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. Alongside more than 200 striking color photographs, text by garden expert Vivienne Hambley relates the stories of the design and cultivation of each site, highlighting the lives of those who found inspiration and refuge there.

Scroll through to see a dozen of these landscaping triumphs worth traveling beyond your own garden gate to see.

Pictured above: Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco

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