Monday, April 4, 2011

Best Gardens in the World to Visit

The colourful garden of an artist, by an artist. This is the garden created from 1883 to 1926 in the Valley of the River Epte by Claude Monet, one of the world's best loved artists. He was the leader of the Impressionist painters, the term being derived in 1874 from his landscape Impression Soleil Levant.
Monet liked painting a subject in the open air at different times of day to show variation in light. This garden was thus a picture itself besides a subject for painting. His garden will have special appeal for artists and photographers.
Northeast France

South East, United Kingdom

The planting of the gardens today reflects the carefully contrived planting principles of the late Christopher Lloyd, son of Nathaniel, author, columnist and lecturer on garden plants and design. The amazing thing about this garden is that one season's planting is designed, especially in the borders, to flow seamlessly into the next. The aim is to have new growth coming up to hide the old as it dies down.


Keukenof is ‘the’ place to be if you want to see millions of bulbs blooming in spring but hurry – it’s only open for a very short period of time - usually March to May. A bit of history… Keukenhof used to be an area for hunting and for collecting herbs for the castle, hence the name Keukenhof. After the death of Jacoba van Beieren, Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt, the new owners, invited landscape architects J.D. and L.F. Zocher to create a garden around the castle. This garden, in the English landscape style, has always been the essence of Keukenhof.

Pasadena, California

Others go to see the library or the famous art collection, but gardeners go to the Huntington to view the amazing desert garden, sit in the rose garden or marvel at the formal design of the North Vista camellia garden, which includes hundreds of camellias along flanked rows of 17th- and 18th-century statues of mythological figures. The Huntington was founded early in the 20th century by railroad tycoon Henry Edwards Huntington.

Suzhou, China

Over 400 years of additions and alterations in the hands of multiple owners and landscapers has left the Lingering Gardens with buildings, halls and statues in a variety of styles, shapes and colours, but somehow the overall effect is still one of elegance. Originally a classical garden built by a retired Ming dynasty official in 1593 each successive owner put their stamp to it trying to perfect it.

Gardens in Andalucia, Spain

Iford Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon
West Country, United Kingdom.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
London, United Kingdom.

Nitobe Memorial Garden
Garden in Vancouver, Canada.

Santa Clotilde Gardens
Garden in Catalunya, Spain.

Majorelle Gardens
Garden in Marrakech, Morocco.

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