Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 12 –  Serre de la Madone
Serre de la Madone

Gardens Near and Far episode 12 – Serre de la Madone

Gardens Near and Far episode 12 – Serre de la Madone: The discreet and elegant gardens of the Madonna’s Greenhouse are in the image of their creator, Major Johnston, an Englishman who was passionate about botany. A few kilometres away, Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild had her gardens landscaped into a place dedicated to worldly pleasures. These two gardens are now open to the public.     In the early 20th century, those among Europe’s largest fortunes took advantage of…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 11 –  Alcazar
Alcazar

Gardens Near and Far episode 11 – Alcazar

The gardens of the palace of the Alcazar in Seville were built in the 9th century by a succession of monarchs, both Muslim and Christian, who created a place of rare beauty.     Here Moor, Gothic and Renaissance influences blend. The gardens, located on the edge of the Guadalquivir river - which enabled river trade with the whole of Europe - are a superposition of influences and styles that followed the whims of the kings that established residency there.…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 10 –  Englisher Garten
Englisher Garten

Gardens Near and Far episode 10 – Englisher Garten

Gardens Near and Far episode 10: In Munich, the “Englisher Garten” was designed a century before the other great urban gardens of Europe. In 1789 – while the French Revolution makes European courts tremble - Prince Charles-Theodore of Bavaria decided to offer his people a magnificent public garden.     From the park’s opening, the prince had set up a casino, boats on the artificial lake and other fun activities that are emblematic of this garden’s spirit. Nobody was living…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 9 –  Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks

Gardens Near and Far episode 9 – Dumbarton Oaks

Gardens Near and Far episode 9 – Dumbarton Oaks was designed in the 1920s by Beatrix Farrand, who pioneered landscape gardening in the USA. It comprises four hectares of gardens and eleven hectares of grounds and woodland, set in a wealthy neighbourhood on the heights of Washington DC.     The estate was purchased in 1920 by the diplomat Robert Woods Bliss and his wife Mildred. The Blisses wanted to create a haven of green in the heart of the…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 8 –  Daitoku-ji, Japan
Daitoku-ji, Japan

Gardens Near and Far episode 8 – Daitoku-ji, Japan

Gardens Near and Far episode 8 – Daitoku-ji, Japan: silence, minimalism and symbolic meaning reign in the Japanese Zen garden. Stone lanterns, purifying basins and white rocks and pebbles are meticulously designed and laid out.     The monastery of Daitoku-ji consists of a main temple surrounded by 23 sub-temples, separated from the city by an encircling wall. It is entered via one of three great portals. Its dry gardens embody the principles of Zen abstract philosophy: colour, plants and…

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