Herrenhäuser Gärten
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Cawdor Castle & Gardens
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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

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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