There’s something magical about a secret green oasis in a concrete jungle. We bring you the world’s best.
1. London, Chelsea Physic Garden
London’s oldest botanical garden might boast proudly of its medicinal, herbal and edible plants, but its real USP is its breathtaking beauty. The three and a half acre site feels like a quiet sanctuary in a busy metropolis. Oh, and the café serves delicious organic food…
Address: 66 Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS
2. San Sebastián, Cristina Enea Park
San Sebastián’s wide sandy beaches are most tourists’ first stop, but the Cristina Enea Park is well worth a visit. A local secret, it has peacocks, a duck pond and wide-open lawns where you can sink weary feet into lush grass. Perfect for working up an appetite for the city’s famed cuisine.
Address: Mandasko Dukearen Pasealekua, s/n, 20012 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
3. Marrakesh, Majorelle Gardens
Unassuming from the outside, the Majorelle Gardens are on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, some way outside of the medina walls of Marrakesh. Get inside and it’s a different story. A cacophony of colour – think cobalt blue walls, lipstick pink bougainvillea, blush-coloured water lilies – is offset by jaw dropping cacti.
Address: Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
4. Paris, Square René Viviani
Picturesque Square René Viviani in Paris’s Latin Quarter hosts the oldest tree in city (reportedly dating from 1601) and has a view of the now damaged Notre Dame Cathedral. It’s small, but perfectly formed, and in the spring and summer has an abundance of sweetly scented roses.
Address: 25 Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris, France
5. New York, The High Line
The High Line is built on a disused freight rail track that’s elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It’s a brilliant way to connect with nature in heart of the world’s most awe-inspiring city. The plants have a wild beauty and you can amble through woodlands, grasslands and wetlands – all whilst drinking in amazing views.
Address: Gansevoort Street and Washington Street (elevator access)
6. Sydney, Wendy’s Secret Garden
This garden is the city’s worst kept secret. Created by Wendy Whiteley, who toiled on it to process her grief after her husband died, it hides amongst Lavender Bay Parklands. With views over Sydney harbour, it feels tranquil and spiritual. Expect parrots and free entry.
Address: Lavender St, Lavender Bay NSW 2060, Australia