At its most basic, a garden is a piece of land shaped into a place where fruits, vegetables and flowers bloom, but they can be so much more. A place for contemplation, relaxation or a haven to unwind and enjoy the world around, a simple collection of plants, water features and ornaments, an extravagantly designed masterpiece that strays so far from tradition you’ll wonder if it’s garden at all. The Cheapflights Crew have searched high, low to uncover of the most unusual gardens found on earth from a mathematical masterpiece to beautiful rubbish collection. Let find out These Top Unusual Gardens Around the World.
These Top Unusual Gardens Around the World
Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico
A Surrealist Xanadu in the heart of the Mexican jungle, Las Pozas the Pools combines man made structures with exotic flowers, native plants, waterfalls and pools to create a strangely harmonious, and peaceful, garden. The gardens are the creation of eccentric English poet and artist Edward James, who bought the 80 acre former coffee plantation in the mid 1940s in an attempt to create his own Garden of Eden. Between 1949 and 1984, James built a total of 36 surreal concrete sculptures and structures on the site with names such as the House with a Roof like a Whale, and the Staircase to Heaven.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries, Scotland
Science and mathematics plus sculptures and landscaping, equals one fascinating garden of cosmic proportions. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a 30 acre garden created by landscape architect and architectural theorist Charles Jencks at his home, Portrack House in South West Scotland. Inspired by science and mathematics, the garden’s sculptures and landscaping are suitably inspired by everything from black holes to fractals. There is also a distinct oriental influence thanks to Jenck’s late wife Maggie Keswick, an expert on Asian garden design. While the garden is private, it does open up to the public one day a year as part of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and raises money for Maggie’s Centres, a cancer care charity.
Rock Garden of Chandigarh, India
The saying goes that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, but in the case of the Rock Garden, city’s junk was transformed into everyone’s treasure. Public servant Nek Chand began creating his masterpiece in 1957 from cast-off industrial and home waste he collected from demolition sites across Chandigarh.
However, his chosen site was actually conservation land with a building restriction. He managed to keep his construction secret for 18 years and when the authorities finally uncovered the garden it had grown into a 12 acres of courtyards filled with hundreds of sculptures. Thanks to public support, the garden was saved from demolition and Chand was awarded a salary and a workforce of 50 so he could complete his vision.
A French Kiss in Akaroa, Christchurch, New Zealand
Held every year late in the New Zealand summer, the Ellerslie International Flower Show attracts a global audience of garden designers and garden lovers who come to see the best of garden design, gardening trends and new products. Founded in Auckland in 1994, the show moved to its current home in Hagley Park, Christchurch in 2008, New Zealand’s Garden City. In 2013, landscape designer Ben Hoyle picked up his 6th Gold Medal for his sunken oasis called A French Kiss in Akaroa hat featured a lounge pit filled pillows where visitors could take in a unique view from below the waterline.
The inspiration for the garden came from the history of French settlement in the South Island town of Akaroa. Kate Hillier, exhibition manager at the Ellerslie International Flower Show said the garden, along with several others, had been donated to New Brighton a coastal suburb in Christchurch that was badly damaged in the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake. That is once of These Top Unusual Gardens Around the World.
Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno, California, USA
Forestiere Underground Gardens are the creation of Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere, who built the garden over 40 years from 1906 until his death in 1946. Inspired by a childhood fascination with the catacombs in Rome, Forestiere built the Underground Garden as an escape from the scorching Fresno summer. Today a listed California Historical Landmark, the three-level underground structure is a network of rooms and passageways and features a summer and winter bedroom, kitchen, fish pond, a parlour complete with fireplace, and several subterranean gardens.