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Designing gardens implies many skills, but above all creativity. Here you will find a selection of landscape architects that we believe will be of inspiration. Be they Australians like Paul Bangay, Chinese like Kongjian Yu, British like Dan Pearson or Italian like Patrizia Pozzi; ideas will come from all around the globe. We will sweep virtually across the world introducing you to talented garden designers who work locally or abroad. The criteria of selection is totally independent with direct links to individual websites so that you can have up to date information on projects. Discover Landscape architects that reinvent space, enhance the beauty of nature and create meeting places where man meets nature. Many are trend setters, others invent spectacular colour combinations with plants, some have a great sense of structure and a few include modern art. Every designer will suggest a garden to visit, a garden that has in turn inspired their work, a connection to the History of Garden Design that goes back centuries, far before it became a recognized profession.

Discover these great gardens of the world​

Highgrove Gardens

The Prince of Wales came to Highgrove in 1980 and the house and gardens have since undergone many thoughtful innovations. When His Royal Highness first arrived, Highgrove possessed little more than a neglected kitchen garden, an overgrown copse, some pastureland and a few hollow oaks.

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Anima Garden

ANIMA is a magical place of sensuality, of wonder, of contemplation, of joy, of healing, and of inspiration.

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Radicepura

Radicepura is a horticultural park inspired by the Faro family’s dream, particularly of Mr. Venerando Faro’s, who makes available to everyone his historical experience in international floriculture with his private collection.

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Sunnylands Center & Gardens

© The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands Sunnylands center & gardens USA  Sunnylands Center & Gardens can be seen as one of the final gifts …

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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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Stonefields

The layout of the garden is heavily influenced by the philosophy of Italian hill villas and gardens, with formal gardens flanking the entrance to the villa and a spectacular lawned garden containing a pool hugging the hill on the view side of villa. Plantings involve a juxtaposition of formal box hedges and shapes sitting with soft romantic herbaceous perennials.

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Villa Ottolenghi Wedekind

Villa Ottolenghi Wedekind garden was designed by Pietro Porcinai. Porcinai worked on the Ottolenghi garden in several phases until the 70s.

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Aga Khan Garden

The Aga Khan Garden is a gift to the University of Alberta from His Highness the Aga Khan. It brings to life the principle of pluralism in a 4.8-hectare Mughal-inspired space where traditional Islamic landscape design takes on strikingly contemporary features.

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Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens

Time honored garden filled with abundant flowers, a reminder of flourished cultural exchanges in the Edo period.

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Arte Sella

Arte Sella: the contemporary mountain. A unique creative experience that in thirty years has seen the encounter of artistic language, sensibility and inspirations united in the desire of a fruitful and continuous dialogue between the creative and the natural world.

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Rikugien Gardens

This strolling, mountain and pond-style garden was created based on the theme of Waka poetry in the 15th year of the Genroku Period (1702) by the shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi’s trusted confidante Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu.

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Labirinto della Masone

In the midst of the Emilian countryside, less than a ten-minute drive from Fidenza and fifteen from Parma, Franco Maria Ricci, publisher, designer and collector, has created the biggest bamboo maze in the world. Stepping over the threshold leads into a timeless dimension, where the taste for art and beauty are united with a passion for nature.

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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 stands as a fine masterpiece of natural landscape with many features providing educational opportunities, especially on hill country landscape gardening, floriculture and montane flora.

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Le Stanze in Fiore Di Canalicchio

The 7-acre garden surrounds the neo-classical country villa built in the 1800s. Work started in 2000 at the behest of Rossella Pezzino de Geronimo, with the idea of creating a contemporary flower garden bringing together about 1000 species of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants.

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Les Jardins de Metis

Les Jardins de Métis, also known as Reford Gardens, were born in 1926. Elsie Reford started working on a fishing camp by the Metis River and she transformed it into a garden. In 1962 the gardens were opened to the public.

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Jardín de Cactus

Jardín de Cactus is situated on the edge of the village of Guatiza while also looking beyond its limits to the many cultivated quarries and craters embodying the fertile equilibrium between nature and culture existing on the island.

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Cruden Farm

Cruden Farm is the beloved former home of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. More than eighty years in the making and at the heart of a working farm, Cruden Farm’s garden is a delicate piece of country set amid dense suburbia that feels like it will endure forever.

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Arboretum Kalmthout

Arboretum Kalmthout is a botanical paradise situated in the north of the province of Antwerp. Since 1856 the plant collection of the 12.5 hectares garden has grown to 7.000 plant species from around the world.

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La Mortella

This is a contemporary landscape and botanical masterpiece, created
and cared for by Susana, wife of the late sir William Walton, one of the most important twentieth century British composers.

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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 was then completed in 1906 as an imperial garden. After Second World War the garden was re-designated as a national park.

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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 at an elevation of 460 m above sea level in Peradeniya includes 4000 plant species. The gardens occupy a horse- shoes shapes peninsula around which flows the chief and longest river of Sri Lanka the Mahawali River.

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Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, welcoming more than 1.5 million guests each year.

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Babylonstoren

With the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek mountains as backdrop, Babylonstoren in the Drakentein Valley of South Africa sits at the heart of the Cape Winelands.
This restored Cape Dutch farm dates back to 1692. It’s reknown for its magnificent 3,5 hectares garden with pergolas, gravel pathways and water canals.

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Parco Giardino Sigurtà

Sigurtà Garden Park, owned by the Sigurtà family, is an oasis of nature on a hill just a few kilometres from Lake Garda and the cities of Mantua and Verona. Prizewinner as Italy’s most beautiful Park in 2013, thanks to its extensive size of 600,000 square meters and its annual flowerings that follow on season upon season, the Park has charmed millions of visitors over the forty years since it opened to the public

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Sunder Nursery

Sunder Nursery was established, in the early 20th century– to propagate saplings for New Delhi’s avenues and experiment with plants brought from other parts of the British empire. Following a 2007 MoU with government agencies, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture commenced conservation and landscape works at Sunder Nursery to create a 90-acre city park with distinct heritage, ecological and nursery zones and required facilities.

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VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located in the heart of Vancouver, Canada with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world. Formerly the Shaughnessy Golf Course, the land was redeveloped into a 55-acre botanical garden that opened in 1975. The garden is jointly operated by the City of Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association.

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Jardin des Cinq Sens

Located on the french shores of the Lake Geneva, The Garden of Five Senses is a vegetal case inspired by Middle Ages. On the heart of Yvoire, medieval village, Yves and Anne-Monique d’Yvoire have thought their garden according with the symbolism of mazes.

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Butchart Gardens

Located in Brentwood Bay BC, The Butchart Gardens, has been enthralling visitors for over 115 years with its stunning 22ha (55acres) of floral display gardens. Jennie and Robert Pim Butchart began The Gardens in the early 1900’s, and today it is still privately owned and operated, now by their great granddaughter.

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Al Azhar Park

In 1984, His Highness the Aga Khan envisioned a park for the citizens of Cairo, one of the densest cities in the world. The 30-hectare site was selected, because of its enormous potential as a “green lung” at the centre of the historic city.

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Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle was bought by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. The garden now offers a wide selection of botanical specimens.

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André Heller Botanical Garden

This incredible garden is in Gardone Riviera, in the splendid context of Lake Garda. It is considered to be a true ecological ensemble without equal in other parks and botanical gardens.

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Aga Khan Garden Alberta

The Aga Khan Garden is a gift to the University of Alberta from His Highness the Aga Khan. It brings to life the principle of pluralism in a 4.8-hectare Mughal-inspired space where traditional Islamic landscape design takes on strikingly contemporary features

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Scape Design

After establishing a reputation for community and Hospital gardens in London, James and Helen moved to the South of France and set up Scape Design sarl in 2000 in order to pursue their passion for creating sustainable landscapes and planting design for private clients.

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