Feast your eyes on the blooms at these lush hotspots
Dubbed the “Little Amsterdam” of Cebu, Sirao Garden consists of 8,000m2 of uphill terrain, located 17km from Cebu City. The garden is divided into two parts that require separate entrance fees — the original Sirao Flower Farm highlights celiosa (or cock’s comb) flowers, while the Sirao Pictorial Garden features a camping site. fb.com/siraogardencebu
Dubai Miracle Garden, one of the world’s biggest flower gardens, houses about 150 million flowers. Many have been fashioned into figures like a floral clock and a giant teddy bear. Last year, an 18m-tall Mickey Mouse floral structure — Disney’s first such display in the Middle East — earned the garden a world record for largest topiary structure. dubaimiraclegarden.com
On the west side of Hanoi is Dam village, a sleepy town dotted with small flower farms. Nearby as well is Tay Tuu village, where visitors can find wholesale flower vendors offering bunches of freshly picked flowers. Most of the blooms from Dam are shipped to small northern provinces, as well as provinces in South Vietnam.
The Shanghai Botanical Garden is home to greenhouses and colorful orchards. The bonsai garden, orchid garden and bamboo grove are crowd favorites, but there are several other areas to explore as well. The scenery changes with the colors of the seasonal blooms and the best times to go are in spring and autumn. shbg.org