Gardens Blossoming Around The World

I love this time every week where I share some of the beautiful gardens, nature and things green. It's been a time of self-reflection, appreciating natural beauty and immersing yourself in nature. While at home and away, I love exploring gardens. Here are some you might like to visit and that you can enjoy from your armchair.


Pink Dogwood In Yosemite ©Kenny Karst


Gardens Blossoming Around The World

With the Annual Chelsea Flower Show going virtual this year we are bringing you a roundup of stunning gardens from around the world. Sit back and enjoy the hum of bees and insects roaming around in thriving gardens. Take in the colourful nature growing around us from gardens in Japan hosting private tea houses to secret gardens in Huntington Beach.

Denver Botanic Gardens - Colorado


You may remember I mentioned Denver Botanic Gardens in Five Ways To Put A Spring In Your Step Take back in March. Now you can take a virtual tour around one of the top five botanic gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the heart of the city, offering year-round events, Mordecai Children’s Garden, lifelong learning opportunities and research to preserve Colorado’s precious natural resources. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Gardens’ living collections encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. The Garden is a dynamic, 24-acre attraction, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class education and plant conservation research programs. www.colorado.com


Denver Botanic Gardens

Huntington Beach’s Secret Garden - California


The Secret Garden, created in 1992, is located in Huntington Beach’s expansive Central Park, right behind the library. The stunning garden is planted with drought-tolerant plants, as well as monarch butterfly and hummingbird attracting plants. As a result, the gardens have become a mecca for migrating monarchs each year and for hummingbirds in the spring. Local resident gardener volunteers lovingly maintain the garden; it is a picturesque site that is perfect for bird watching. www.surfcityusa.com


Central Park - Huntington Beach

The 24th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour - Newport Beach, California 


One of the biggest fundraisers presented by Sherman Library & Garden this year, the 24th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour, will be taking place online on Saturday 9 May. P.J. Video, a full-service video production company based in Tustin, has been retained to capture compelling footage of each garden on this year’s Tour. Viewers will enjoy a video tour of all seven gardens, including Sherman Gardens along with stories from the homeowners will be woven throughout, where they’ll share interesting tidbits and disclose the inspiration for their gardens. The release date will be May 9th but you can watch whenever and where you want! Newport Beach Garden Tour ticket holders will receive an exclusive invitation to an extraordinary Summer Garden Party that will take place on Saturday 29 August at Sherman Library & Gardens. Tickets: $50 Friends / $60 Non-Member. www.visitnewportbeach.com


Newport Beach - Sherman Library and Gardens


Volunteer Park Conservatory - Seattle, Washington


Volunteer Park Conservatory is Seattle's historic greenhouse anchoring Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill since 1912. The Conservatory’s historic landmark status reflects the distinctive architectural characteristics of this Victorian glasshouse, a true jewel in the crown of Seattle Parks. The glass greenhouse is surrounded by the beautiful scenery and elegant lawns of the celebrated Olmsted Park. Encompassing five distinct temperate houses the Conservatory showcases a vast variety of tropical and subtropical plant life. Virtually stroll through the stunning Palm, Seasonal, Cactus, Fern, and Bromeliad houses via their Facebook page to experience the curated horticultural displays. www.visitseattle.org


Volunteer Park Conservatory - Seattle

Garden Valley Ranch - Sonoma County, California


Garden Valley Ranch is a historic landmark in Petaluma that traces its origins back to the late 1800's. This working rose farm cultivates 8,000 rose bushes over five acres of beautiful fields and gardens. The renowned garden roses bloom from May through to October. Landscaped plantings featuring roses on pergolas, columns, arches and carefully selected perennials, annuals and bulbs combine to create a truly magical setting. Garden Valley Ranch also enjoys a large koi pond, water fountains and numerous special events and arts and entertainment throughout the year. It is a gorgeous and highly popular setting for weddings. www.sonomacounty.com


Garden Valley Ranch - Sonoma County