Sometimes your Instagram page needs a little bit of green, and it never hurt to spend a little time in nature. Head to one of these beautiful landscapes this weekend:
Garden: The Moorings Village
Location: Islamorada, Florida
Description: Despite its beachside setting on one of the largest private white sand beaches in the Florida Keys, The Moorings offers an unexpected arboretum of exotic flowers, bending palm trees and delicate orchids. Carefully nurtured by a seasoned landscaping team, the lush, winding garden pathways surround each of the resort’s 18 individually-appointed villas, creating an environment of secluded paradise for guests.
Garden:Distillery Botanical Garden
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Description: Revitalized from the former Old Taylor Distillery founded in the 1800’s, Castle & Key, opening in late summer outside Lexington, KY, features an on-site botanical garden designed by award-winning garden landscaper Jon Carloftis which resurrects Colonel Taylor’s famous sunken garden. The distillery “castle” is surrounded by koi ponds, greenery, southern magnolia and hydrangea while the grounds also feature a quarter-mile garden path and “Herb Ruin” in one of the abandoned warehouses with 39 varietals of botanicals for the distillery’s gin and other spirits.
Location: Finger Lakes Region, New York
Description: Whether strolling through its flower-filled gardens, picnicking under its majestic trees or touring its magnificent mansion, Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park is a very special place. The 50-acre estate is one of just two public gardens in all of the New York State Parks System. A serene respite just blocks away from downtown Canandaigua, Sonnenberg is a gift to the community from Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson.
Garden:Fort Worth Botanical Garden
Location: Forth Worth, Texas
Description: The Fort Worth Botanical Garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest botanic garden in Texas, with 2,501 species of native and exotic plants in its 21 specialty gardens. In addition to wooded area it includes a vegetable garden, tropical displays of orchids, bromeliads, and trees. A highlight is the Four Seasons Garden which has hundreds of iris, daylily, and chrysanthemum varieties, the Fragrance Garden and the 7-acre Fort Worth Japanese Garden, with three koi ponds, waterfalls, bridges, teahouse, pagodas, pavilions, Zen garden, cherry trees, and Japanese maples.
Garden: Versailles Musical Gardens
Location: Versailles, France
Description: At the heart of the Château de Versailles, guests can enjoy the largest open air sculpture museum in the world while taking in classic, French-style gardens. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the gardens feature hidden paths, statues of Greek gods and goddesses, ornate sculptures, enchanting groves and spectacular daily musical fountain shows set to the sounds of famous classical tunes.
Garden:Iberostar’s Grand Hotel Paraiso
Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Description: Located on the combed shores of the Riviera Maya, Grand Hotel Paraiso by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts features its own greenhouse with a team of 8 professional horticulturists entitled by Instituto de Artes Florales de México. Flowers around the property are changed weekly by the staff in the early morning hours to not disturb guests during their ultimate relaxation while at the resort.