Garden of Versailles

A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the palace and gardens of Versailles.  The palace itself is a baroque wonder but sadly jammed with people most of the time now.  The gardens are another matter, built on a grand scale by André Le Notre to showcase the Sun King’s power and ambition.  André, a gardener and landscape architect was first commissioned … Continue reading Garden of Versailles

Gardens of Sweden – Carl Linnaeus

Back in 2009, I had the privilege of visiting my dearest friend in Sweden and seeing some of the loveliest gardens and historic landscapes in northern Europe.  She lived in Uppsala, the home of the famous “father of taxonomy” Carl Linnaeus.  He first studied at the University of Uppsala and later became a professor and rector of the University.  His home is now a public … Continue reading Gardens of Sweden – Carl Linnaeus

Trees in Santiago

Going through my photos of plants and flowers from Chile, I realized I have way too many for one blog.  So here is the first of a couple of blogs on plants from Chile, both native and introduced.  With its wonderful Mediterranean climate, Santiago boasts both tender and hardy flowering trees.  Outside of Santiago is semi-arid but in the city with water, hardy magnolias rub … Continue reading Trees in Santiago

Gardens around the world – Santiago

Its a snowy day here in Ontario so what better to do than some garden daydreaming 🙂  My next few blogs will be about some of the famous and not so famous gardens I have had the good fortune to visit so far!  Today’s garden is the Jardín Japonés in Santiago Chile.  Santiago is not noted for its public gardens, but this is a lovely … Continue reading Gardens around the world – Santiago