Category Archives: Gardens

Spring 2023 Roses In Japan: Jindai Botanical GardenS

Japan BackpackersXpress Films (May 15, 2023) – Jindai Botanical Garden is a world-class 42 hectare (105 acre) garden in Chofu City, in the west of Tokyo, that offers seasonal beauty all year round. Jindai Botanical Garden is Tokyo’s main botanical garden, being the only one operated by Tokyo Metropolis.

It has the biggest rose garden in Tokyo, and is famous too for its plum and cherry trees, which blossom in spring. The Garden includes adjacent free-entry facilities like an aquatic plant area and a plant information center.

Jindai Botanical Gardens are creatively designed, immaculately maintained, and are well worth the trip from Tokyo, together with a visit to the neighboring Jindaiji Temple, Tokyo’s second oldest.


Tours: Historic Gardens Of Wightwick Manor, UK

National Trust (May 10, 2023) – The gardens surrounding Wightwick Manor, cared for by the National Trust, are influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, which started in Britain during the late 19th century.

This means the garden design extends into the house, where visitors can see flowers such as roses used as motifs for interiors and artworks. Watch this video to discover how politics has also left its mark on the gardens that are still enjoyed by visitors today. You’ll see architectural artefacts from the Houses of Parliament and a tree planted by Clement Richard Attlee, the Labour Prime Minster who served from 1945 to 1951.

You’ll also learn about the history of the estate and its planting schemes and find out more about what the National Trust is doing to make the gardens more accessible for visitors.

Travel: Touring Liverpool In Northwest England

DW Travel (May 6, 2023) – Liverpool is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2023 – in place of Kyiv. We check if the city is worth a visit, and not just for the Eurovision. Let’s explore the rich history of Great Britain’s musical city that birthed one of the most iconic bands ever – The Beatles!

From the famous Cavern Club to the Beatles Story Museum – Hannah introduces you to Liverpool and shows you how the city pays tribute to Ukraine.

Travel In Peru: A Tour Of Cusco And Machu Picchu

DW Travel (May 3, 2023) – Come with us to Cusco! The former capital of the Inca empire high up in the Peruvian Andes is steeped in history. This can still be seen in its Inca temples and many buildings constructed by Spanish colonialists.

From Cusco the journey continues to the world-famous ruined city of Machu Picchu, just 100 kilometers away. City guide Saul Palma, a Cusco local, shows us Cusco and Machu Picchu, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Milan Views: Walking Tour Of Biblioteca Degli Alberi

Archwalks (May 1, 2023) – A tour of BAM – Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano – a contemporary botanical garden in the heart of Porta Nuova in Milan. It houses 500 trees arranged in 22 rings and 135,000 plants.

Video timeline: 0:00 – Intro 1:05 – Map 1:12 – Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano 5:24 – Green playground 8:28 – Labyrinth 12:45 – Outdoor fitness area 14:51 – Lotus oasis 16:39 – Poppy fields 19:19 – Riccardo Catella Foundation 22:08 – Bosco Verticale 24:18 – Google HQ 27:41 – Terraces 28:44 – Piazza Gae Aulenti 32:51 – Urban landscape view

The park is enriched by a children’s play area, a fitness area, a relax area with wooden chaise lounges and soft lights, picnic areas equipped with benches, a labyrinth of bushes, a pond with aquatic plants which creates a favorable ecosystem for insects and birds. We will see also Bosco Verticale, Google HQ and towers of Piazza Gae Aulenti.

Filmed in April 2023.

Netherlands Travel: The Tulip Barn And Keukenhof

DW Travel (April 26, 2023) – Where in Europe is the best place to travel in spring? If you love flowers, the Netherlands could be the perfect place.

Thousands of people descend on Amsterdam every spring to see the tulips bloom – and to take colorful photos surrounded by endless blossoms. DW’s Diana Piñeros takes you to the famous Keukenhof and The Tulip Barn, two must-see destinations for flower lovers.

Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in the municipality of Lisse, in the Netherlands. According to the official website, Keukenhof Park covers an area of 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted in the gardens annually.

Travel: A Walking Tour In The Gardens Of Prague

April 11, 2023 – A walking tour through Prague’s most beautiful and enchanting green spaces, including the Waldstein Garden and the Vojan Gardens.

Waldstein Garden (Valdštejnská zahrada) – This strictly geometrically designed early Baroque garden was created parallel with the Wallenstein Palace construction from 1623 to 1629. At first sight, one’s eyes are drawn to the massive sala pavilion, unprecedented at the time of its construction, and an artificial cave with stalactites (grotto). In summer, the garden is the venue for concerts and theatrical performances. The Waldstein garden is probably the first palace garden in Prague built-in connection with the palace object.

The Vojan Gardens (Vojanovy sady) are considered the oldest partially preserved garden in Prague. They are a part of the former fruit garden, which originated simultaneously with demolishing an Episcopal court in 1248. At that time, it was called after its owner Pytlíkovská or Flavínovská. In 1653, Ferdinand III bought the garden and an adjacent house for the Order of Carmelite Sisters. The Carmelites built a convent with a church of St. Joseph in the years between 1673 and 1690. The garden was established around 1670, and it served as a utility garden.

Filmed and edited on April 10, 2023 by: Perception Philosophy

Travel Views: The Garden Of Ninfa In Southern Italy

turismoroma (March 24, 2023) – The Garden of Ninfa (Giardino di Ninfa), built on the ruins of the medieval town of Ninfa in the Pontine Marshes (Agro Pontino), has been classified by the New York Times as one of the most beautiful and romantic gardens in the world. Declared a Natural Monument by the Lazio Region, the garden, given the delicate environmental balance, may only be visited on certain days of the year.

Tours: Inside France’s Most Beautiful Gardens

FRANCE 24 (March 15, 2023) – The most beautiful gardens in France are the fruit of monumental work by men and women, in partnership with Mother Nature. In the north of Corsica, the magnificent floral paradise of Parc de Saleccia was born from the ashes of a terrible fire in 1974.

Much further north, near Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, the Château de La Ballue is most remarkable for its listed gardens, where geometric shapes abound. Finally, on the French Riviera, the luxurious Eilenroc villa is especially famous for its rose garden, with varieties named after film stars.

Design Tour: Cove House – Coomera Island, Australia

The Local Project (December 20, 2022) – By creating a sub-tropical modern architecture garden home, Justin Humphrey Architects employs concrete, timber, dark tones and green life to respond to the client’s brief.

Video timeline: 00:00 – Introduction to the Extraordinary Garden Home 00:11 – The Architect’s Favourite Aspects 00:40 – A Queensland Location 01:08 – The Well-Travelled Clients and their Desire for Sub-Tropical Modern Architecture 01:26 – A Strong Form and Sense of Materiality 01:48 – A Walkthrough of the Home and its Materials 02:29 – The Spine of the Home 03:00 – The Owners 03:20 – A Response to Natural Light 03:39 – Accommodating for Entertaining 03:56 – Implementing Passive Design Principles 04:50 – Seeing the Clients Grow into the Home

Desiring a family home that was equal parts building and garden, the clients needed a home that could provide privacy and areas for entertaining. Handling the combination of public and private spaces with ease, the architect has also challenged the traditional entrance sequence of the home. From its exterior, Cove House strikes a formidable presence, yet with its singular floating plane roof and plant life,

Cove House establishes itself as a modern architecture garden home. To create a modern architecture garden home, the architect has offset the concrete and dark tones of the exterior with warm timber battens to soften the entrance. Starting the house tour, the green landscape spine runs down the centre of the home, separating the public entry and the private living spaces. Additionally, the green spine guides guests towards the rear of the home, where the living and entertainment spaces are situated.

Contributing to the interior design of the Cove House, concrete and timber are combined to establish a flowing effect from outside in, honouring the client’s appreciation of climate-responsive materials and architecture. Answering the client’s love of boating and water, Cove House embraces open plan living and joins with the natural reserve, Coomera Island, which sits opposite the home. By opening the rear glass doors, the owners can increase the entertaining size onto the back deck and the passion pit – a curved lounging area that embraces outside living.

Providing the clients with a space to grow into, the modern architecture garden home also offers privacy from its neighbours on either side. Following critical passive design principles for the modern architecture garden home, the large roof-span provides wide-set eaves that protect from rain, provide deep shade during summer and curate cool breezes through the home. Additionally, the natural stone floor and concrete were employed as a thermal mass element to help regulate the home’s temperature all year round. As the house ages, Justin Humphrey Architects has specifically chosen the material palette to influence an alternative approach to address the natural climate setting.