Porthole’s Five Faves
Spring Has Sprung!
What better time to check out these amazing gardens around the world?
As much of the world begins to thaw out from winter, we thought it’d be a good time to warm up to some of the world’s most beautiful gardens. Imagine stepping off a ship and into a tropical paradise filled with jackfruit trees and birds-of-paradise plants… or a carefully planned oasis of tranquil ponds and stone sculptures… or a brilliant blanket of sweet-smelling blossoms, spreading in every direction and all rising toward the sun. It’s time to take off the mittens and greet the world’s greatest gardens.
Here are five favorites that you can visit during an upcoming cruise.
Holland’s world-famous Keukenhof, which is easily accessed from Amsterdam, boasts more than 7 million bulbs in bloom with 800 varieties of tulips. You’ll find 32 hectares (nearly 80 acres) of flower shows and gardens, artwork and exhibits, and other activities and events. Because 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent van Gogh, the painter has become this year’s theme. So be sure to check out the 2,700-square-foot flower mosaic of van Gogh made up of thousands of tulips and grape hyacinths; flower shows that display tributes to his paintings; and a “Selfie Garden” inspired by the artist’s self-portraits, but in a modern setting.
Open March 20 through May 17 this year
— Jodi Ornstein and Grant Balfour
Have you got a favorite garden in your dream destination? Let us know in the comments below!