Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 7 –  Casa de Mateus
Casa de Mateus

Gardens Near and Far episode 7 – Casa de Mateus

Gardens Near and Far episode 7 – The Casa de Mateus baroque palace and grounds, nestle among vineyards near the Douro valley, in northern Portugal.     The Casa de Mateus estate has belonged to the counts of Albuquerque for over three centuries. Its wealth stems from cereals and wine production. Its crowning splendour is the impeccably maintained, constantly changing formal gardens, but the buildings, gardens, vineyards and orchards form a perfect whole, making this one of the finest and…

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Gardens Near and Far episode 6 – Bois des Moutiers

Gardens Near and Far ep. 6 – Bois des Moutiers: a garden located on the Normandy Coast, in the style of an English garden. Unique in France, it was designed by a renowned English landscaper and architect.     In the 19th century, Guillaume Mallet acquired a vast area of virgin land overlooking the sea. To landscape it, Mallet, who was a passionate amateur gardener, called upon the services of Gertrude Jekyll, one of the most famous English landscapers of…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far ep. 5 – Blenheim, UK
Gardens Near and Far ep. 5 – Blenheim, UK

Gardens Near and Far ep. 5 – Blenheim, UK

Gardens Near and Far ep. 5 – Blenheim, UK: In 1705, architect John Vanbrugh and gardener Henry Wise designed the garden in Blenheim, in Britain. It symbolised the political and military power of the Duke of Marlborough. Sixty years later, Capability Brown reworked the estate, reshaping the landscape into the image of a romantic painting.     Gardens Near and Far ep. 5 – Blenheim, UK   An eighteenth century house and park with a nineteenth century garden. The palace,…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far ep. 4 – Bagh-e Fin, Iran
Gardens Near and Far ep. 4 - Bagh-e Fin, Iran

Gardens Near and Far ep. 4 – Bagh-e Fin, Iran

Gardens Near and Far ep. 4 – Bagh-e Fin, Iran - The town of Kashan, in the middle of the desert, 250 kilometres from Tehran, is home to the oldest remaining Persian garden. It was Shah Abbas the Great who ordered its construction in 1587, with the aim of reproducing the gardens described in the Quran, symbolising paradise.     Gardens Near and Far ep. 4 – Bagh-e Fin, Iran Fin Garden (Persian: Bagh-e Fin) located in Kashan, Iran, is…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 3 – Babylonstoren, South Africa
Gardens Near and Far ep. 3 – Babylonstoren, South Africa

Gardens Near and Far episode 3 – Babylonstoren, South Africa

Gardens Near and Far episode 3 - Babylonstoren, South Africa: Jean-Philippe Teyssier, a landscape architect, takes us on a journey to discover the most beautiful gardens in the world.     Set within 3,5 hectares (8 acres) of cultivated fruit and vegetables, the big garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which supplied sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh vegetables and fruit…

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