Glorious gardens to visit in Europe

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Spring is here, the flowers are blooming and the temperatures are warming up. There’s never been a better time to visit some of Europe’s best kept botanic gardens. We’ve picked out a few which you might like to visit.

Monserrate Palace Gardens, Portugal

Wander through tangled trees, and discover replica temples which look like they’ve been stolen straight from the hills of Cambodia. There’s an enviable rose collection, species of trees from all four corners of the world, and a section devoted to plants usually found in the desert.

Campo Grande and Rose Garden, Spain

Technically, these are two separate parks, but they’re practically neighbours, so a visit to one should always be followed by a visit to the other. More of a park than a formal garden, the Campo Grande is home to some gorgeous species of flowers hiding in the shady areas. You’ll also be able to see the park’s resident peacock population, and the locals who love to take shelter from the heat of the sun under the canopies.

The rose garden is not shaded at all, so save it for the cooler parts of the day. The roses spend their time making the most of the glorious sunshine, and as a result, you’ll see roses in every shape, size and colour you can imagine.

Monet’s Garden, France

Just like his beautiful paintings, Monet’s garden is a sight to behold. It’s a popular attraction, and when you stand in front of the lily pads which inspired the great artist, you’ll see why so many people flock here each year. Plants and flowers in every colour of the rainbow light up the grounds, with areas of both light and shade. Whichever time of year you view the garden, there’s always something to see. Visit and you’ll be as enchanted by it as Monet himself was.

EHIC card

Remember that as soon as you head out of Great Britain, you’ll need your EHIC to allow you to access free or greatly discounted healthcare in your destination country. Head over to www.europeanhealthinsurancecard.org.uk and submit your application now, before the end of the gardening season.

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