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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 was used for processing silver using the patio system whereby silver ore would be finely crushed, mixed with salt, water, copper sulfate and mercury, and spread out on the patios to dry before being melted into bars and shipped off … Read entire article »

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7 of the World’s Best

7 of the World’s Best

Best Hikes Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain Inca Trail, Peru West Coast Trail, Canada Nijmegen March, Netherlands Dogon Country, Mali Tiger Leaping Gorge, China Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, Canada Best Gardens Les Quatre Vents, Canada Great Dixter, England Sissinghurst Castle, England Barnsley House, England The Humble Administrator’s Garden, China The Garden of Ninfa, Italy Royal Botanic Gardens, Sri Lanka Spiritual journeys The Ganges, Varanasi, India The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka Angkor Temples, Cambodia Bali New Year, Indonesia All Saints Day, Todos Santos, Guatemala Alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos Wildlife adventures Penguins (and icebergs), Antarctica 30 bears, … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Chelsea Flower Show

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Photo gallery of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

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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 not one of those botanical gardens that is run like an institution but instead a “People’s garden” driven by volunteers. It has loads of personality and is just a fun place to be in. There are also quiet, contemplative perches. I … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Larkwhistle

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Photo gallery of a Canadian cottage garden

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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 cottages. Barbara Reinhardus and her husband Gerrit have worked on the land at their Ontario cottage for 31 years. Through hard work and vision they have created a property resembling an English cottage garden in the woods with roses, climbers, … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Suzhou, China

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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 of gardens and not surprisingly a place that is blessed with both temperate climate and fertile soil. Chinese classical gardens are also called scholar’s gardens for the landscape is inspired by legends and poems.  They usually include small viewing houses, artificial … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Yuyuan Garden

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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 buildings imitating the architecture of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. How could a garden considered to be a classical masterpiece possibly be there? But when I finally found the entrance after much wandering around I discovered  a paradise and the … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Singapore Botanic Gardens

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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 it, with trees as tall as 45m and home to 314 species, many rare or endangered. There is a hike you can take through the forest but don’t do it if there is a storm brewing (and you never seem … Read entire article »

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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 palms, huge ficus trees with their massive roots exposed. It is an island in a tropical climate that has been blessed with fertile volcanic soil. Everywhere there are small working gardens filled with many different crops of all shapes and sizes. … Read entire article »

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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 of an American named Jim Thompson, and it stands today as a continuing memorial to a remarkable man and to his love for Thailand’s rich culture. So reads the promotional description of the ‘house on the Klong’ that I stumbled upon … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Rosemary Verey’s garden

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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 side of the path is reputed to be one of the most widely photographed garden scenes in the world yet I have not yet tired of it. It was the creation of Rosemary Verey (1918-2001), another one of those fascinating … Read entire article »

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Great Dixter photo gallery

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Reford Gardens photo gallery

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