Gardens of Delight
As spring approaches and temperatures start to creep up again, gardens around the world are bursting into bloom. Celebrate the season with a visit to a botanical garden — whether on a far-flung escape or one closer to home — and stroll acres of lush greenery and dramatic floral landscapes for a tranquil respite from the whirlwind of daily life.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Arizona’s Tucson Botanical Gardens is an oasis surrounded by the arid Sonoran desert. Growing among five and a half verdant acres, find diverse gardens that showcase the region’s indigenous plants and flowers, from the Cactus and Succulent Garden and Aloe Alley to the Backyard Bird and Pollinator Gardens that attract hummingbirds, bees and other fluttering visitors. The Butterfly Greenhouse is home to a seasonal tropical butterfly display, set amongst a rainbow of orchids, hibiscus and other tropical plants. Before returning to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, stop into Café Botanica for lunch made with locally-sourced ingredients, including some plucked from the surrounding gardens.
Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum
One of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe, the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum has roots as a palace kitchen garden. Centuries later, over one hundred acres showcase manicured grounds and stately greenhouses — including one of the world’s largest — thriving with African succulents, tropical, rainforest, and aquatic plants, and more. Set out on a self-guided tour of the grounds, stopping along the way to take in spring’s blooms, and stay for a spin around the library and museum, home to a permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. Cap off your day with dinner at Brasserie Desbrosses at
The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, where the herbs and vegetable are sourced from the restaurant’s own garden.
New York Botanical Gardens
Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, New York, Central Park can trade views of one iconic green vista for another — just a short ride north from midtown Manhattan find the sprawling, 250-acre New York Botanical Gardens. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the 127-year old Bronx-based gardens are home to a staggering collection of over one million plants. In the springtime, stroll around the in-season azalea garden, fields of yellow daffodils, lilacs, magnolias, and myriad other gardens showcasing a vivid spectrum of color. In March and April, don’t miss the celebrated Orchid Show.
Singapore Botanic Garden
The only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 183-acre sanctuary in the midst of the bustling city. Find lush tropical plant life, winding pathways, lakes and the National Orchid Garden — the largest in the world with over 60,000 plants. Stay for a meal at the Michelin-starred Corner House, located on the grounds and featuring dishes that rival the beauty of the surrounding landscape, before retiring to your room at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
Beijing Botanical Gardens
Escape the crowds of central Beijing with a day trip to the peaceful Beijing Botanical Gardens. Northwest of the city between the Summer Palace and the Western Hills — a short drive from either The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing or The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Financial Street — find nearly 140 acres of vibrant greenery, serene pathways, lakes and bridges. The collection highlights six thousand plant species, including lovely peony and rose gardens, a traditional Chinese medicinal herb garden, and tropical plant greenhouses. Don’t leave without exploring the Wofo Temple, situated on the grounds of the garden, that dates back to the Tang Dynasty and houses the massive bronze Reclining Buddha statue.