The Handbook
The Handbook

Any Instagram enthusiast knows where the best ‘gram worthy spots are across the city. From colourful streets to cobbled lanes, we’ve got it all. Sometimes, though, it can get a little repetitive with the ol’ same urban scenes over and over again. Spice up your Insta game and head to one of the world’s most beautiful botanical gardens.

We’ve made a definitive list for you to check out on your next vacation. So, take it or leaf it, here’s our suggestions for the gardens that will add the prettiest bursts of colour to your Instagram and make all your followers green with envy…

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

According to research by Faraway Furniture, Gardens by the Bay is the most Instagrammed of any botanic garden in the world, with over 900,000 hashtagged posts (now that’s a lotta Instas). Just a quick glance at the photos of this 101 hectare park leaves no-one in any doubt why people travel from all over the world for a visit to this wonderland.

The central Singapore park consists of three waterfront gardens, and visitors can delight in the huge displays of flowers, plants and trees, sculptures and water views. The Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world, boasting a vast collection of plants from across five continents and thousand-year-old olive trees. An estimated 50 million visitors have explored these beautiful gardens, but how many of your followers have ventured this far? Step up your ‘gram with a snap or two over here!

Where: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Of course, if you haven’t got the buck to spend on an international flight then head on over to the second-most Instagrammed botanical garden, Kew! Yeah, some of your followers might recognise a few of the spots but if you venture further into the abyss, we’re sure you’ll find a spot that hasn’t been snapped up yet!

With more than 600,000 hashtagged posts floating around Instagram, these gardens are a proud UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 1.3 million people tour out to Richmond each year to roam the grounds, which are home to over 50,000 different species! The lush Palm House transports you to a tropical jungle so convincing you won’t be-leaf you’re still in the rainy ol’ London, while the perfectly trimmed hedges and flowerbeds are a gardener fanatic’s dream. As Instagrammable as London’s city scene is, this oasis sure gives it a run for its money.

Where: Richmond, TW9 3AB

Keukenhof, Netherlands

Coming in at third place, Keukenhof has certainly seen an influencer or two swinging by to take a photo. Since the park plants seven million flower bulbs each year, we would certainly hope all that hard work ends up on thousands of Instagram feeds – about 529,000, to be exact! That’s even more impressive considering the gardens are only open to the public for eight weeks a year, spanning from March to May during peak blooming time. If you can find a way to visit in this tight time frame, it’ll be totally worth it!

The park website advises shutterbugs to visit during the mornings and evenings, when the light perfectly hits the 800+ tulip varieties on display. These gardens are just pure colourful fun, so prepare to spend a long day in the flowers finding your good angle (tulips never have any bad angles).

Where: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands

Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This next one will make your da-isy. It’s also the least expensive to get in, too (but after you’ve taken into account your flights, it’s probably not too cheap…). Anyway, Faraway Furniture revealed that Jardim Botanico has more than 275,000 hashtagged posts. How amazing does it sound to take a stroll through the gardens’ lush collection of tropical trees, which have been flourishing for over 200 years?

What’s unique about Jardim Botanico is that it connects to a big piece of preserved forest land, meaning the gardens are often home to various animals that use the resources for food and nests. Is there anything more Instagrammable than a sloth hanging out in a tree, or a group of tortoises sunbathing by the pond? Sloth babies, we’re ready for you!

Where: R. Jardim Botânico, 1008 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

The flowers at these gardens are just too beautiful not to give them a mention. Known for its collection of orchids, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka attracts about two million visitors every year. These are the biggest botanical gardens in the country, with an area of 59 hectares, and the climate of its location (Kandy) is perfect for the blooming blossoms scattering the grounds. Trust us, you won’t even need to apply any filters on your pictures of the 4000+ plants here, pwoar!

Where: Kandy, Sri Lanka

National Botanic Gardens, Ireland

This Irish gem is located just five kilometres outside the centre of Dublin! Founded in 1795, the gardens were originally meant to aid the study of agriculture, but since then they have grown to help develop botanical knowledge and to simply serve as a beautiful display. Not to mention helping out an Instagrammer who’s stumped for content!

The gardens have seven glorious glasshouses, each with its own theme including one specifically for orchids, various statues and old sundials, and more than 300 endangered plant species from around the world. With 19.5 hectares to explore, you’ll find it quite easy to lose yourself amongst the beauty of these gardens. You’ll definitely run out of storage on your phone from all the pictures you’ll be taking, but it’ll be worth it when you see how stellar they look on your Instagram.

Where: Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland

Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium

Located right in the grounds of the 12th century Bouchout Castle, the Botanic Garden Meise is home to some of the oldest and prettiest surroundings in Belgium. It’s one of the biggest botanical gardens in the world, boasting endless plants and millions of specimens. Colourful flowers and lush herbs are basically waiting to be the feature of your next Instagram post.

The garden always has temporary exhibitions for visitors to enjoy that go far beyond plants- right now, there is an exposition on miniscule diatoms and an up-close look at the beauty of moths through a collection of stunning photographs. No matter what season you visit, though, the garden always takes extra good care of whatever plants are flourishing at the time, so you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience (and some killer pictures)!

Where: Nieuwelaan 38, 1860 Meise, Belgium

Orto Botanico di Padova, Italy

Last bud certainly not least is the Orto Botanico di Padova. Not only is this garden stunning, it’s also the world’s oldest academic garden still situated in its original location. Nestled in Northern Italy’s Padua, the Orto Botanico di Padova was founded in 1545 as a medicinal garden and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient gardens are full of trees and plants, surrounded by gorgeous stone structures and buildings. Visitors can go on a guided tour or stroll around the gardens on their own, taking in the sights. 

Where: Via Orto Botanico, 15, 35123 Padova PD, Italy