Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook

April 26, 2013 11:00 ET

The World's Most Beautiful Gardens

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - April 26, 2013) - National Gardening Week kicks off on the 16th April and it's a great excuse to work some wonders in your own garden. If you're looking for some inspiring ideas, here are some of the most beautiful gardens you could visit during a short stay in the sun.

Ciudad Jardin, Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is better known as one of the most reliable destinations in the world for year-round sun but its landscaped parks are also a huge attraction. Ciudad Jardin is an oasis of green space in the heart of Las Palmas. Here you will find the lush sub-tropical vegetation of Parque Doramas, complete with stunning water fountains, statues and even a swimming pool. The area is littered with superb examples of endemic plants and flowers.

Giardino Della Villa Medicea di Castello, Italy

If you prefer chic formal gardens full of Italian passion and style, you'd be hard pushed to find a better example than this. This elegant green landscape was designed by Nicolo Tribolo, who happened to be the court architect of Cosimo I De Medici and was also responsible for the Boboli Gardens in Florence. The villa is also home to some fantastic exhibitions of portraits and modern art.

The Ethnobotanic Garden of Oaxaca, Mexico

For something completely different, the quirky landscape of these cactaceae and agaves gardens in Oaxaca are sure to provide some inspiration. The exotic plants - that represent the biodiversity of Mexico - look like they've come from another planet! Oaxaca is also home to the thickest tree on earth! The 2,000 year old swamp cypress is a must-see wonder of the natural world.

Alhambra Gardens, Spain

These late-medieval castle gardens stand on a stunning walled plateau. If you're thinking of including any Eastern Mediterranean elements to your garden designs, this is the place to see. It dates back to the 11th century and is often thought of as a work of art as much as a garden.

The Alhambra Palace is only around four and a half hours from Madrid so you could make it a day trip visit from a sunny city break to Spain's capital.

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