Having lived in South Africa for 4 years, despite there being more open space than you can ever imagine, there are very few places you can actually get out of the car, go for a walk, picnic or just sit and take in the view. Despite most of the animals being in reserves, there are still snakes and the chance of escaped animals.
There are of course Botanical Gardens in South Africa, but most involve a considerable drive and with outdoor space being limited, are often over crowded and double up as venues for events are often closed early or are used for private functions.
Of course living in Dubai, everything is very beige, there are splashes of colour but the flowers need an awful lot of water and it is certainly worth a visit or two to Miracle Gardens.
The variety of plants here and the style of gardens remind me a lot of the gardens back in the UK. Open plan at the front, with a driveway and path to the front door and fenced at the back. Hanging baskets, troughs, borders etc. There are a few differences though, not many houses in the UK have veranda's though and the Canadians call their gardens 'yards' which has a totally different meaning to the UK.
I noticed an abundance of flowers and open green spaces in and around Hamilton. I was also surprised to see as much Nature in the City of Toronto which features in another post.
Sam Lawrence Park
Royal Botanical Gardens
Coots Paradise, Princess Point, Lake Ontario
The Waterfront, Hamilton
View from Bruce Trail
Steps at Bruce Trail
Immigration Square, Hamilton
Gore Park, Hamilton