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A September tour of British gardens

A September tour of British gardens

Fran Pride and Colette Walker, who operate Sisley Garden Tours, wondered if the September tour they had planned for gardens in Yorkshire and the Lake District was such a good idea. It is generally acknowledged … Read entire article »

San Miguel de Allende’s botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende’s botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

For those wanting to know more about succulent plants — and I am one of them — consider visiting El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden where many of the plants are labeled in English. … Read entire article »

San Gabriel de Barrera garden, Guanajuato, Mexico

San Gabriel de Barrera garden, Guanajuato, Mexico

There is a large estate outside Guanajuato, once owned by a wealthy silver-mining family, with 17 small and exquisite gardens that the public can visit. In past years the land where the gardens are situated … Read entire article »

Generalife Garden, Granada, Spain

Generalife Garden, Granada, Spain

There’s an estate outside the walls of the palace-city of Alhambra that was built around the end of the 13th century and today is reputed to have the oldest garden in all of Europe. It’s … Read entire article »

Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, also known as the Alcázar of Córdoba, is a royal castle located in historic Córdoba next to the Guadalquivir River and near the Grand Mosque or Mezquita. Construction of … Read entire article »

Courtyards of Viana, Córdoba, Spain

Courtyards of Viana, Córdoba, Spain

The Viana Palace in Cordoba is a stately home that over 5 centuries belonged to 18 noble families. Through extensions and renovations, it became a property with 12 courtyards and a garden that reflect this … Read entire article »

Casa de Las Ranas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Casa de Las Ranas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

When you’re feeling uninspired by the white, beiges and grays of home, get thee to Casa de Las Ranas, the house and garden of two American expats in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I went … Read entire article »

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, England

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, England

When touring the gardens of ancient estates, a certain discipline is required to keep one’s mind on the gardens and not the equally remarkable buildings, artifacts and history. Coughton Court, the home of the Throckmorton … Read entire article »

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, Ontario, Canada

I knew nothing about Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse until the owner of the B&B where I was staying in Niagara-on-the-Lake (Darlington House) told me about it over breakfast. She described it as an intimate place, … Read entire article »

Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton-Burlington, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton-Burlington, Canada

There are several reasons why the Royal Botanical Gardens is unique, the first being that it is the only botanical garden in Canada with the right to use “Royal” in its name. Two cities (Hamilton … Read entire article »

Beth Chatto Gardens, East Anglia, England

Beth Chatto Gardens, East Anglia, England

 Beth Chatto was no ordinary gardener, turning what was once a wasteland into 5 distinct and extraordinary gardens. She lived the mantra: Right plant, right place. Gardeners around the world look to English gardens for inspiration. … Read entire article »

Les Quatre Vents, Quebec, revisited

Les Quatre Vents, Quebec, revisited

When I first visited Les Quatre Vents in mid-June, 2011, I knew I’d be seeing one of Canada’s most famous gardens for I had been reading about it and seeing pictures of it for years. … Read entire article »

Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire, England

Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire, England

Five years ago, my sister and I stood outside the gates of Hidcote Manor in a state of distress. This particular property was high on our list of ‘must see’ English gardens.  I was enjoying … Read entire article »

Montreal Botanical Garden, Quebec, Canada

Montreal Botanical Garden, Quebec, Canada

The Montreal Botanical Garden, with its rare and extensive collections, is considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in the world. The rose garden itself has 10,000 specimens, some dating from before … Read entire article »

Wilson Botanical Garden, Las Cruces, Costa Rica

Wilson Botanical Garden, Las Cruces, Costa Rica

There are many reasons to visit the Wilson Botanical Garden in Costa Rica, two of which have nothing to do with the garden itself. The Wilson Botanical Garden is located at 1200 m (3,935 ft) … Read entire article »

National Palace botanical garden, Mexico City

National Palace botanical garden, Mexico City

The botanical garden at the National Palace in Mexico City is unexpected. Most people go to the Palace (Palacio Nacional) to see Diego Rivera’s murals about the history of Mexico and perhaps the temporary exhibit … Read entire article »

Robert Brady’s house and garden, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Robert Brady’s house and garden, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Americans have been coming to Cuernavaca for decades, living in splendid seclusion behind high walls where the weather is just about perfect every day from December to February. It’s just 80 km (50 miles) from … Read entire article »

Ethnobotanical Garden, Oaxaca, Mexico

Ethnobotanical Garden, Oaxaca, Mexico

There is a garden in Oaxaca City that both gardeners and non-gardeners seem to fall for.  It’s takes up most of the grounds of the Santo Domingo church and the beautifully restored Museum of Oaxacan … Read entire article »

The Canglang (Blue Wave) Pavilion, Suzhou, China

The Canglang (Blue Wave) Pavilion, Suzhou, China

The classical gardens of Suzhou date back to the 6th century BC. More than 50 of these gardens are still in existence and 9 of them are regarded as the finest examples of Chinese “mountain … Read entire article »

Allerton Garden, Kauai, Hawaii

Allerton Garden, Kauai, Hawaii

For those of us who love to explore gardens, it is always satisfying to discover one where the story behind the garden is as compelling as the garden itself. The Allerton Garden in Kauai is … Read entire article »

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