Even if you can’t grow your own garden due to the cold climate you live in, there are plenty of amazing gardens to check out in winter. If you’re a flower-enthusiast looking for an excuse to travel, you may be in luck. Some of the most beautiful gardens this time of year are located south of the equator. This may be your chance to take that dream vacation to a tropical paradise!

Here are 10 jaw-dropping gardens from all over the world that are flourishing in January:

1. Jardin Botanico de La Universidad Austral de Chile
Valdivia, Chile
This garden could be extremely fun to visit just because of its location. Visit the Jardin Botanico in Valdivia to get a glimpse of flowers and plants you may have never seen. Because its located in such a tropical region, the Chilean garden is home to nearly 1,000 different plant species. There are even featured aquatic plants at the garden due to the abundance of wetlands in the area, too.

Jardin Botanico Valdivia

Jardin Botanico Valdivia

2. Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix, Arizona
If you’re looking to take a trip somewhere a little warmer in the U.S., end your search at the Desert Botanical Garden of Phoenix. Not only does it have about 21,000 plants, but more than 100 species of plants on site are considered endangered. If you don’t live in a desert region, visiting this botanical garden will open your eyes to the plans that thrive and survive in those kinds of climates.

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ


3. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Cape Town, South Africa
This garden is proud to show off plenty of flowers native to the region. Looking to soak up even more African culture on your trip? The Kirstenbosch Garden also regularly displays stone sculptures from Zimbabwe throughout the garden.

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South Africa

5. ABQ BioPark
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This garden is another great representation of the wildlife of the Southwest. In a 10,000-square-foot conservatory, the park displays plants from both desert regions and areas all over the world, including the Mediterranean.

ABQ BioPark, New Mexico

ABQ BioPark, New Mexico

5. Wilson Botanical Garden
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
In addition to being a garden with over a thousand different plants, the grounds serve as a research center for botanists and researchers alike. Tourists can also take tours that extend into the rainforests of Costa Rica.

Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica

Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica

6. Arenal Botanical Garden and Serpentarium
Arenal Lake, Costa Rica
Not only does this attraction have plenty of plants on display, it’s also home to a butterfly garden and hummingbird sanctuary. It’s near the Panama-Costa Rica border, and as such shows off plants native to both countries.

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Arenal Botanical Garden, Costa Rica

7. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Coral Gables, Florida
Fairchild is more than just a garden. It also features a museum, laboratory and learning center for all ages. The employees on staff pride themselves on giving guests an educational experience while providing outstanding views.

Fairchild Botanical Garden, Florida

Fairchild Botanical Garden, Florida

8. Jardim Botanico
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With almost 7,000 species of plants on location, there are plenty of greenhouses to check out when you visit the Jardim Botanico. The garden is also well-known for being home to one of the most complete botanical libraries in the world. In fact, its library houses over 32,000 volumes of books on the subject!

Jardim Botanico, Brazil

Jardim Botanico, Brazil

9. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Dallas, Texas
If you’re looking to keep your travels contained to the U.S., this may be more up your alley. Located on the shore of the White Rock Lake, the garden is home to plenty of beautiful plants as well as a breathtaking view of the downtown Dallas skyline.

Fall foliage in A Woman's Garden, Dallas Arboretum

Fall foliage in A Woman’s Garden, Dallas Arboretum

10. Bosques de Palermo
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Not only is it in one of the most captivating cities in Argentina, it’s famous for its lakes, rose gardens and, of course, the wildlife.

Bosques de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bosques de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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