Elegant Elche

We make a brief stop in the pretty town of Elche. Famous for its huge palm grove and extensive gardens. The municipal park was the first public garden created in the city in 1946. One of the most interesting buildings in the municipal park is the old visitors centre – in a pseudo-oriental style andContinue reading “Elegant Elche”

Lost gardens of Heligan

As a keen gardener I have wanted to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan for several years now and back in 2021 we finally made it! The gardens have a long and distinguished history with a manor house first being built on the site in the 1200s and acres of formal gardens being laid outContinue reading “Lost gardens of Heligan”

Ventnor botanical Gardens

We’re discovering something new this time! With a trip to Ventnor Botanical Gardens. A trip around the varied flora of the globe without leaving the Isle of Wight! Being south-facing, and so close to the sea, frost rarely settles in the Ventnor Botanic Gardens, so they can grow a plethora of exotic plants year roundContinue reading “Ventnor botanical Gardens”

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks. Close to Shinjuku Station, the park boasts spacious lawns, ambling little¬†walkways and paths and peaceful scenery that provides a welcome green oasis of calm in the heart of the relentless city. The garden has more than 20,000 trees, including approximately 1,500 cherry trees whichContinue reading “Shinjuku Gyoen”