This week we're thirsty for a green retreat. Renew your aura in these luscious gardens.
1. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico
Created by poet and artist Edward James, this former coffee plantation lived many interesting lives under his direction. From 1947-1984, it served as an orchid nursery, a home for exotic animals, and a sculpture garden. At his death, James left behind a jungle full of art: 20 acres of subtropical rainforest decorated with 36 Surrealist sculptures for your consideration.
2. International Rose Test Garden, Portland, Oregon
No offense, but we're pretty sure none of your science projects were this beautiful. This garden serves as a laboratory for new rose varieties, so there's plenty to see (and smell). Each year the City of Portland gives a Gold Medal Award to the best introduction, an honor that's been issued since 1919. We're betting the centennial celebration in 2019 will be pretty fabulous.
3. Garden of the Sítio Roberto Burle Marx, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This site is the largest collection of the works of Roberto Burle Marx (visual artist, landscape architect, and father of the modern tropical garden). In addition to the gardens designed by Burle Marx, the estate boasts five reflection pools, seven buildings, and a museum collection. This garden has the unique distinction of being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its contribution to the Brazilian Modernist movement.
4. Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, Los Angeles, CA
This 10-acre tract is located on Sunset Boulevard and provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Participate in a group meditation service at the Temple, pay your respects to Mahatma Gandhi at the World Peace Memorial, or take a breather with the swans, ducks, and koi at the natural-fed lake.
5. Jardin de Balata, Martinique
With over 300 types of palm trees, this private botanical garden captures the opulence of the tropics. Wooden walkways suspended 50 feet in the air provide an aerial view of the property, helping visitors to appreciate why Martinique is known as the Island of Flowers.
6. Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg, Florida
From 1903 to 1999, this attraction was maintained by a single family - The Turners. The City of St. Pete has been preserving the Tuners' vision since 1999, and this unique "living museum" is available for quiet afternoons, guided tours, field trips, private parties, and weddings. Relax with your favorite book or dance the night away with the gang; you've got 50,000 tropical plants and flowers cheering you on.
From Versailles to Venice Beach, we seek out and appreciate green spaces. Because going green is important to us, our Cactus Water Tetra Paks are recyclable in 48 states. Who says you can't have your plant-based beverage and drink it too?
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