Gardens are a place of peace where people come to relax in, jog and kids come round to play and run. If we remove the peaceful aspect gardens have so much more to offer us. They are a place of relaxation, contemplation, reunion and creativity. Any normal park foliage, a nice path to jog on, some swings and playground essentials etc.
Here we are not talking about a normal park; we are here with a list of the weirdest, most unusual parks that you can find across the globe. We will talk about Las Pozas in Mexico to the Rock Gardens in India.
Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico
Las Pozas is in Xilitla in Mexico which is in the heart of the Mexican jungle. This place is a beautiful amalgamation of exotic and native plants, waterfalls and pools. This creates a strange yet beautiful garden. Walking into these gardens will make you feel like you have walked into a Harry Potter novel or a scene from Jumaji.
This garden is the brain child of the English poet and artist Edward James. He wanted to create his own Eden therefore he bought 80-acre former coffee plantation in the mid-1940s. James built a total of 36 stunning sculptures and structures naming them unique names like; House with a Roof like a Whale, and the Staircase to Heaven.
If you ever get a chance to visit Las Pozas then you must do it!
Lost Gardens Of Heligan, Cornwall, England
There is a reason why The Lost Gardens of Heligan was given this name; the Lost Gardens was actually lost through the walks of time since the outbreak of World War I. The Lost Gardens in 1990's was Europe’s largest garden restoration project.
Can you believe that this sleeping beauty of a garden was hidden from the world for so long. Today Heligan’s is around 200 acres and is an absolute paradise explorers, wildlife enthusisats and will give you the feel of Indiana Jones running around uncovering mysteries.
The Garden Of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries, Scotland
This garden is for all you science lovers and mathematicians. The garden in itself is about 30-acre garden. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is the child of the landscape architect and architectural theorist Charles Jencks.
He was inspired by the world of science and mathematics. The sculptures are inspired by black holes, fractures and the cosmos. Though this is a private park and entry is not given to everyone but each year it opens to raise charity for Maggie’s Centres, a cancer care charity.
Giardino Dei Tarocchi (Tarot Garden), Tuscany, Italy
Giardino dei Tarocchi also known as the Tarot Garden is situation in Tuscany, Italy. This Garden is the place for you if you love art and unique sculptures. The sculptures are by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The picturesque Tuscany is given a unique look from the sculptures of this garden which range from humongous to man sized sculptures.
This garden was heavily inspired by Gaudí´s Parc Güell in Barcelona; Saint Phalle wanted to create a small Eden where man meets nature; a beautiful medley. You won't believe that all these sculptures are made by hands from the Empress, the Tree of Life, the Devil, the Magician and the Sun.
Rock Garden Of Chandigarh, India
One man's trash is another's treasure, this is very true in terms of the Rock Garden of Chandigarh. The junk from Chandigarh was actually utilized in making of the garden. The work on this garden was started the Nek Chand who started his masterpiece in 1957. He used thrown away industrial and home waste he collected from demolition sites across Chandigarh.
He hid his creation from the public eye for as long as 18 years. He had a whopping 12 acres of courtyards filled with hundreds of sculptures. The garden was meant to be demolised but was saved thanks to public support. Nek Chand did finish his vision for which he was awarded a salary and a workforce of 50.
Poison Gardens, Northumberland, England
This garden is a femme fatale and can kill you easily; a garden so deadly you can only enter with a fully qualified guide. The Duchess of Northumberland is the proud creator the Poison Garden at Alnwick Garden. The Poision Gardens have a special liscene from the Home Office to be displayed and there are around 100 plants of varying degrees of deadliness that can be found in the Poison Garden.
They have deadly plants like mandrake (a strong narcotic), deadly nightshade (just three of the sweet berries are enough to kill), opium, and foxglove (a 16th-century laxative, the entire plant is poisonous), extremely deadly but fun!
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