Pittsburgh surprised me on many levels during my visit last year. The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is certainly a must see – beautiful architecture and stunning plant displays. The LEED certified Center for Sustainable Landscapes masterfully merges function with aesthetics. #travel #garden #Pittsburgh #tour #journey
For just three weeks each year the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are open to the public. King Leopold II had the greenhouses constructed adjacent to the royal palace as a “little winter garden”. This little garden encloses plants from all over the world beneath 270,000 square feet of glass and steel. The greenhouse itself is an architectural jewel and the plant collection includes many rare and valuable species as well as specimens form King Leopold II’s original collection.
The glorious Golden Pavilion near Kyoto is one of the most recognizable Japanese sites. Originally built in 1397 as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Kinkaku-ji was later converted to a Zen temple on the grounds of Rokuon-ji. The pavilion takes its name from the pure gold leaf finish of the upper two stories. Interestingly, each floor represents a different style of architecture. The first floor is built in the Shinden style used for palace buildings duri
You will feel like you walked into a fairy tale as you explore the enchanting medieval town of Bruges, Belgium. Often called the Venice of the North, Bruges is one of Belgium’s jewels, with cobblestone streets, romantic canal views and historic architecture. The medieval center of Bruges is remarkably well preserved with vast amounts of medieval architecture including the 13th-century belfry with its 47-bell carillon that plays every fifteen minutes. Tucked among 19th cent
Tulips are blooming, celebrating the arrival of spring and reminding us of the amazing opportunity awaiting travelers next season, as EarthBound gardeners set out to enjoy the unparalleled bulb displays of The Netherlands. Tulip season in Holland extends from the end of March to mid-May, but we will arrive just in time for peak tulip season in mid-April. In addition to the amazing displays at gardens, tulips transform the countryside into a colorful patchwork. As we travel
Kyoto’s Nijō Castle was built as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shoguns and was completed in 1625. Nijō Castle has two concentric rings of fortifications, each consisting of a wall and a wide moat. Between the two main rings of fortifications lies the enchanting Ninomaru Garden, designed by the famous landscape architect and tea master Kobori Enshu in Japan’s Edo Period. The large viewing garden consists of a reflecting pond with three islands and an intricate shorelin
Two famous karesansui gardens featured on the Beauty of Japan Tour include the gardens at Ryoan-ji and Ginkaku-ji Temples. Ryoan-ji may well be the earliest garden built specifically for contemplation and is certainly a masterpiece of karesansui. The small rectangular garden consists of only 15 boulders, white gravel and moss. The boulders are placed such that, when looking at the garden from any angle, only 14 of the boulders are visible at any one time. It is traditiona
Perhaps the most recognizable Japanese garden style to Westerners is the dry landscape garden or karesansui, what we commonly call a Zen garden. The religious association is accurate, as this garden style arose during the Medieval Period between the 12th and 15th Centuries, when Zen Buddhism spread across Japan and greatly influenced garden design. The karesansui garden puts many Zen principles into practice, such as simplicity, profundity and limitlessness. The acts of ga
The park and gardens of Shinjuku were first designed for use by royalty, but opened to the public in 1949. The expansive grounds contain over 20,000 trees which are a riot of color in autumn. The formal gardens are of three distinct styles: an English Landscape Garden, a Formal French Garden and the Japanese Traditional Garden. Within the Japanese garden are two traditional teahouses and a Taiwanese style pavilion or Kyu-Goryo-Tei. During our visit, the annual Chrysanthemum
I am happy to announce my life has taken a new turn. While I have greatly enjoyed my time as host of Oklahoma Gardening, it is time for new adventures. Through EarthBound I unite my passion for gardening with my love of travel. Join me in exploring the world’s great gardens through weekly blog posts. Find inspiration for your own home garden and discover horticultural gems to explore in your corner of the world. Or join me for an experience of a lifetime on a guided gard
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Chinese Garden, Huntington Library and Gardens, CA