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Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Just about everyone who lives in Ottawa is familiar with the Central Experimental Farm. It’s hard to miss because it’s a 400-hectare working farm in the middle of the city just 3 km from the … Read entire article »

Roses in Kabul: A visit to Babur Gardens, Afghanistan

Roses in Kabul: A visit to Babur Gardens, Afghanistan

This garden in Kabul, Afghanistan, was developed around 1528 AD and was the ‘last resting place’ of Babur, the first Mughal emperor.  The Aga Khan Trust for Culture recently restored the 11-hectare garden and “the … Read entire article »

The Lingering Garden, Suzhou, China

The Lingering Garden, Suzhou, China

The Lingering Garden is regarded as a masterpiece of classical Chinese garden style and is one of China’s four most famous gardens. The garden was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. It is said … Read entire article »

International Garden Festival, Quebec, Canada

International Garden Festival, Quebec, Canada

Along the banks of the St. Lawrence River in the province of Quebec an international garden festival that receives worldwide acclaim is held every year. This is no ordinary garden show; some would call it weird; … Read entire article »

Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sri Lanka are just outside the popular tourist destination of Kandy and easy to reach by tuk-tuk from any of the nearby hotels. It’s a lovely place, well laid out, … Read entire article »

The Medici Gardens of Florence, Italy

The Medici Gardens of Florence, Italy

As an amateur gardener, I’ve been captivated by British gardens, first in books and then through actual visits. It was not until I toured Italian gardens that I realized the considerable influence Italian Renaissance design … Read entire article »

The Garden of Ninfa, Sermoneta, Italy

The Garden of Ninfa, Sermoneta, Italy

I really was not prepared for the perfection of Ninfa.  I had watched Monty Don’s programme on Italian Gardens, purchased books on the subject and read the online blogs.  I noted the comments of our … Read entire article »

The Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, China

The Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, China

Who wouldn’t love a garden that has a pavilion named “Moon Comes with Breeze”? Or the “Watching Pines and Appreciating Paintings Studio” where you go to watch evergreen trees during the wintry season. The garden’s … Read entire article »

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, England

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, England

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show has been held on the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital in London, England every year since 1913. It is a prestigious affair, attended by the British Royal … Read entire article »

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, perched on the edge of the USA

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, perched on the edge of the USA

There is much to admire about the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, not far from Freeport. First is its location, which is at the end of a peninsula surrounded by salt water. Secondly, it’s … Read entire article »

Larkwhistle, the Canadian “Garden of Eden”

Larkwhistle, the Canadian “Garden of Eden”

I suspect most every Canadian who has a passion for gardening has heard of Patrick Lima and his garden on the Bruce Peninsula north of Toronto.  Although he and his partner, garden photographer John Scanlan, … Read entire article »

A garden at the cottage, Bobs Lake, Canada

A garden at the cottage, Bobs Lake, Canada

A Canadian dream is to have a summer home at the lake—and there are many thousands of lakes in this country. These lakeside dwellings are often quite modest but even the most luxurious are usually called … Read entire article »

The Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou, China

The Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou, China

Suzhou is one of China’s most historical and cultural cities. It also has over 60 well preserved classical gardens, nine of which are listed as world cultural heritages by UNESCO. So Suzhou is a city … Read entire article »

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, China

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, China

The Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai was my introduction to classical Chinese gardening. The garden is hidden in the Yuyuan Tourist Mart in the old city—a shopping area made up of rows of stores housed in … Read entire article »

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are part of a preserved rain forest that was established in 1859 when the city was a trading post under the British. The rain forest still exits, all 6.2 hectares of … Read entire article »

The rice fields of Bali, Indonesia

The rice fields of Bali, Indonesia

When you drive the back roads of Bali you cannot help but be struck by the sheer physical beauty of the place—the land that runs from the volcanoes down to the sea, thousands of swaying … Read entire article »

Jim Thompson’s house and garden, Bangkok, Thailand

Jim Thompson’s house and garden, Bangkok, Thailand

Down a narrow, nondescript Bangkok lane, the graceful red roofs of a traditional Thai residence rise above a lush tropical garden, in serene contrast to the city’s modern clamor all around. This is the home … Read entire article »

Vita Sackville-West’s sunset garden: Sissinghurst Castle, England

Vita Sackville-West’s sunset garden: Sissinghurst Castle, England

I visited Sissinghurst to see the garden Vita Sackville-West created with her husband Harold Nicolson. I also went out of curiosity for I have read a great deal about this couple and wanted to see … Read entire article »

Rosemary Verey’s garden: Barnsley House, England

Rosemary Verey’s garden: Barnsley House, England

The background on the desktop of my computer is an image of yellow and mauve—a photo of the laburnum at Barnsley House in England. This tunnel of wisteria with ornamental onions growing informally on either … Read entire article »

Christopher Lloyd’s garden: Great Dixter, England

Christopher Lloyd’s garden: Great Dixter, England

He dedicated most of his life and his writing to his garden and was widely known for his willingness to experiment and his passion for planting. Eight years ago I had the opportunity to start a … Read entire article »

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