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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. 

Discover these great gardens of the world

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 the Court, the reference in its design was the Baroque court garden, characteristics that explain why it is known with the hyperbolic metaphors of “Galician Versailles” or “northern Generalife”.

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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, is sure to enchant and delight.

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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 gardens, including Nicolas de Pigage and later Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell, with assistance from many renowned artists.

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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 stock, who had suffered the confiscation of their property, banishment and exile.

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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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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 in 1745. In the 1920’s Lady Strickland called on her friend, Giuseppe Teuma Castelletti to help with the landscaping of an Edwardian garden in the fields behind the villa.

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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 again in the 20th century when the garden framework and the exceptional interest of the original 19th century design were carefully preserved.

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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 Alps, Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva.

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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 formal landscaped gardens in the picturesque village of Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

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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 and trees have been brought here from all over the world, and now make up the lovely garden we can contemplate here.

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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 a drawing completed in 1734.

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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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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 gardens of Eyrignac have not always been the subtle blend of French rigour and bucolic sweetness we discover today when wandering the grass lawn paths.

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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 1615.

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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 19th century, French gardens have been created by Henri and
Achille Duchêne (landscape architects of the gardens at Blenheim Palace, UK).

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Le Parc Floral

The Parc Floral opened in 1976. Major works had been undertaken, a valley dammed to enable the water to flow in a succession of ornamental pools; pastures turned into lawns, flowerbeds, mixed borders and rare trees planted. A waterfall made with 650 tons of rocks was built in an unused quarry.

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Champ de Bataille

When the storm of 1993 occurred, most of the century-old trees planted in the nineteenth century were killed by lightning. Jacques Garcia made the decision to recreate sumptuous gardens that time had erased.

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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. From 1641, Nicolas Fouquet gave full rein to the genius of the renowned landscape gardener André Le Nôtre who used the latest technical, scientific and artistic knowledge of his era.

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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 the seduction of these places built on the water. The bulk of Palazzo Borromeo, baroque in style, the true “royal palace” of the little village once inhabited by fishermen, dominates the island.

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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 be built on the banks of the Loire, and its architecture combines with gardens laid out on three levels, its best-known feature, in a happy marriage of beauty, diversity, and harmony.

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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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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 alongside clusters of one-hundred-year-old trees, offering magnificent picturesque views that change with each season.

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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 grottoes, pergolas, Italian style clipped box, mythological statues and a small complicated maze, one of the oldest in Europe.

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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 to optically increase the limited space, squeezed between the bottom of the hill and the lake.

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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 and extended. As a result these ideas are represented by the Walled Garden, the Flower Garden and the Wild Garden.

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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, they are an expression of garden art in its finest form.

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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 20th century.

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