Herrenhäuser Gärten
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Cawdor Castle & Gardens
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Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site
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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

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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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 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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