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The best gardens in the world
The 2015 International Garden Tourism Awards were presented in Toronto recently. Organizations were honoured for the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. The Garden of the Year award went to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch) in Cape Town, South Africa. Established in 1913, the 36-hectare garden graces the slopes of Table Mountain. The New Garden Experience of the Year award went to Dubai Miracle Garden (dubaimiraclegarden.com). It opened in 2013 and is home to 150 million flowers. The Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For (listed alphabetically, not rank) are below. For more: gardentourism.blogspot.ca.
Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay, BC
Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, PA
Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL
Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA
Jardin Botanico Culiacan, Culiacán, Mexico
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal, QC
Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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