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Historical Gardens

Here is a selection of gardens world-wide that were commissioned by kings, popes, sultans and industrialists. Places where the history of art of gardens was made. They are ‘must see’ on any garden lovers list, and cover many centuries in 20 countries. They were often show cases for a rich and powerful class that wanted to mark their territory and rule nature, it was only in the late 19th century that gardens were intended for community use. It is fascinating to see in this section how garden design changed and the wide range of spectacular art works like sculptures and fountains that were included. Many of these historical gardens have been passed down from father to son through the centuries and all of them are dearly loved and cared for. Over the centuries every country influenced another, spreading culture across borders, introducing new ideas. This cultural stratification is our heritage to which we can turn to find inspiration or even only for pure joy. 

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Vaux le Vicomte

Vaux-le-Vicomte’s garden is the seminal expression of the Jardin à la française, the French aesthetic of formal gardens that swept Europe in the 17th century. ...
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Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Coimbra

The role of botanical gardens has undergone transformations over the centuries, and the Botanic Garden of the University of Coimbra is also an example of ...
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Iford Manor Gardens

Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, a visit to the romantic, award-winning, Grade 1 listed Iford Manor Garden is like no other. ...
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Eyrignac

Located in the heights of Sarlat-la-Canéda in the Dordogne, Eyrignac and its gardens full of greenery, water and flowers charm visitors all year round. The ...
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Peterhof State Museum Reserve

Peterhof is located on the southern coastland of the Gulf of Finland. The seaside paradise was built, as a grandiose triumphal memorial glorifying the grandeur ...
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Schloss Sayn

The park draws its special charm from a multitude of rare trees, the lake with its fountain, an artistic grotto and much more.
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Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire

Overlooking the river and surrounded by greenery, the Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire is at the heart of the cultural landscape of the Loire Valley, listed as ...
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Villa Melzi d’Eril

The neoclassical villa was finished in 1810 and owes part of its fascination to the park bordering the lake as well as the devices adopted ...
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Château de Vullierens

Château de Vullierens architecture, magnificent gardens and sculpture park form one of Switzerland’s most remarkable heritage sites with an incomparable 180° degree view of the ...
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Bacalhôa Palace

Much has been written about Palácio and Quinta da Bacalhôa, but the conclusion is always the same: it’s a Masterpiece. The Quinta da Bacalhôa estate, ...
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Isola Bella

Isola Bella, together with the nearby Isola Madre, has contributed to making Stresa one of the Grand Tour destinations. Even today no tourist can escape ...
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Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

The gardens are home to a large and diverse variety of plants especially including endemics and species extinct in the wild. This 60 ha land ...
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Las Dueñas

Las Dueñas Palace, considered a great historical garden, is home to the richness offered by the Andalusian soil to a variety of floral species. Plants ...
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Hakgala Botanic Gardens

This garden was established in 1861 for the purpose of experimentation and promotion of Cinchona cultivation in Sri Lanka and subsequently Tea cultivation. Today it ...
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Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site

The Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site is a superb monument of world-ranking architecture and landscape design dating from the 18th to the early ...
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Château de La Ballue

Le Château de La Ballue is 17th century château, on the border between Brittany and Normandy. This French monument and its gardens date back to ...
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Palazzo Parisio

Extraordinary gardens nurtured by Baroness Christiane Ramsay Scicluna behind the home so lovingly rebuilt and extended by her great-grandfather between 1900 and 1906.
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Gardens of Villandry

Villandry is a Renaissance Chateau in a beautiful setting among three tiers of terraced gardens. It was the last of the great Renaissance chateaux to ...
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Helmingham Gardens Hall

Helmingham Hall with its wide moat and ancient deer park has been the home of the Tollemache family since it was built in 1487. The ...
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Domaine de Courson

A romantic English-style garden, the grounds at Courson offer splendid vantage points to walkers exploring its numerous pathways. Almost 3,000 recently-planted trees and shrubs grow ...
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Herrenhäuser Gärten

The Royal Gardens in Hanover Herrenhausen are considered to be one of the most beautiful garden parks in Europe. Originating back more than 300 years, ...
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Chambord Castle

Located in the Loire Valley, France, you can discover Chateau de Chambord and its impressive French gardens. They have been restorated in 2017 according to ...
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Powerscourt Estate

Dating back to the 13th century, Powerscourt is a vast country estate noted for its magnificent Palladian style mansion and 47 acres (190,000 m2) of ...
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Storico Giardino Garzoni

The villa and garden are an extraordinary example of eighteenth century Tuscan taste and culture. The Garzonis were a powerful family from Pescia, of Ghibelline ...
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Cawdor Castle & Gardens

Uniquely, for a Scottish castle Cawdor boasts three very different gardens. Each with their own history that generations of owners have over the years, transformed ...
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Drummond Castle Garden

Drummond has all the characteristics of a courtly, 17th century Scottish Renaissance garden. It is a composite garden, restructured in early Victorian times and renewed ...
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Giardino Giusti

Apart from the collections of flowers, important Roman remains and Goethe's monumental cypress, the garden conserves all the original sixteenth century structures intact: fountains, acoustic ...
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Levens Hall

Levens Hall

Levens Hall has grown from a stark, imposing Pele Tower built c1250-1300, into a warm and welcoming family home. It is home to the world's ...
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Wilton House

Wilton House has been the seat of the Herbert family, Earls of Pembroke, since the buildings of Wilton Abbey were granted in 1544 by Henry ...
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Newby Hall and Gardens

Newby Hall and Gardens is one of Yorkshire’s best family attractions. The late 17th century house is full of treasures; Adam interiors, art, tapestries, Chippendale ...
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Garden Castle of Herberstein

The “Garden Castle of Herberstein” is located in the east of Styria in the municipality of Stubenberg am See. The fortified castle stands high on ...
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Schwetzingen Palace and Garden

Schwetzingen Palace reached the height of splendour under the Prince Elector Carl Theodor. He instructed the leading landscape architects of the age to design the ...
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Château de Breteuil

The château de Breteuil was built at the beginning of the 17th century and was originally surrounded by English gardens. A the end of the ...
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Islands of Brissago

Immersed in the waters of Lake Maggiore, which accumulate heat during the summer and return it to the atmosphere in the winter, the Islands enjoy ...
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Pazo de Oca

Pazo de Oca

The essence of the garden of the Pazo de Oca resides in the inseparable unity of water, stone and vegetation. Although built very far from ...
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Landgoed De Wiersse

Away from the world, surrounded by its farmland and woods, lies the moated manor house of De Wiersse. With 38 acres of garden and ...
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Weikersheim Palace and Garden

Weikersheim Palace is widely regarded as the most beautiful palace in the Hohenlohe region. And the glorious Baroque garden, with its colourful cast of statues, ...
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

First notice about the place where now stands Shinjuku Garden dates back to 1590. Formerly a private mansion, owned by a feudal lord, Shinjuku Gyoen ...
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Castle Howard

With 1,000 acres of parkland to explore, Castle Howard is a haven of peace and tranquility with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains. The ...
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Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

Marqueyssac’s romantic and picturesque gardens - a listed National Historical Monument that surrounds an early 19th century château with its flagstone roof, known as lauze ...
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Alfabia

From Palma, the road to the Sierra Norte or Serra de Tramuntana begins by crossing an open, sunny plain. The valley slowly closes in until ...
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Villa Arvedi

The villa, built on a grassy terrace, overlooks the parterre, featuring a sophisticated double fan motif, a unique design of its kind in Italy.
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Drottningholm Palace Garden

Drottningholm Palace, a royal residence since the 1660s, stands on surroundings exceptionally well-preserved. The Park is open all year round. Garden voyeurs will explore a ...
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The Villa Reale in Marlia

The Villa Reale in Marlia, with early medieval origins, was the residence of noble families and great art patrons who made it a true masterpiece ...
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Villa Bologna

Villa Bologna was built by Fabrizio Grech as a gift for his daughter, Maria Teresa, on the occasion of her marriage to Nicola Perdicomati Bologna ...
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