As summer slowly but surely begins to set in, we are all guilty of dreaming of the next mini adventure, much needed break from work or day out in the blazing sun. But how do you choose where to go for your next escape? With factors such as value for money, the weather and an array of excursions – or lack thereof weighing in, choosing your next adventure is no easy feat.
Unsurprisingly, with the non-stop influence of social media, the “instagrammability” of a destination is becoming an important factor when selecting the next “must-see” location.
From city escapes to which museum exhibitions to explore, many are turning to the likes of Instagram to seek out which hotspot to visit next. So, it’s safe to assume that the most shared locations on Instagram are also the ones where the most millennials flock to.
With this in mind, garden furniture specialists Farawayfurniture.com analysed the number of times botanic gardens across the globe have been shared on Instagram, using correlating hashtags to track the amount of posts per location*.
So, which gardens made the top 10 and, most importantly, who won the number one spot?
Faraway Furniture can reveal that the most “Instagrammed” garden, with a staggering 919,879 posts, was Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. Consisting of three main locations surrounding the Marina Bay, it is easy to understand why so many travel far and wide to visit. Gardens by the Bay has the 4th most expensive entrance fee of approximately £16.17* per person.
Thereafter, Britain’s very own Kew Royal Botanic Gardens came in second with 622,176 posts. With over 50,000 different species of plant across the UNESCO World Heritage site, it is justifiable that Kew Gardens ranks as the 3rd most expensive among the top 10 (£16.50 entrance fee). Keukenhof, situated in Lisse, The Netherlands, boasted the 3rd highest number of posts hashtagged with 528,943. Whilst Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro (278,628 posts) and Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech (famously known as the YSL gardens) with 236,307 posts, ranking 4th and 5th retrospectively. Most interestingly, the most expensive garden came in 7th, with a trip to the Eden Project, Cornwall, setting you back £26 (194,055 posts). And the second highest entrance fee is associated with Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens (£18.17) and ranking 6th with 228,691 posts.
The following botanic gardens also ranked among the top 10 most Instagrammed around the world: Summer Palace, Beijing, with 168,610 posts (ranking 8th), Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Italy, with 137,547 posts (ranking 9th) and finally, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, situated in Cape Town, South Africa, benefits from 122,184 posts on Instagram.