Jardin Exotique de Monaco

  http://www.jardin-exotique.mc The Jardin Exotique de Monaco is just what it says on the tin.  Situated high above Monaco it looks down upon the City and the sea beyond…it is quite staggering and is singularly the most staggering garden I have ever been to.. you walk down and down narrow precipitous paths which seem to […]

Val Rahmeh

Val Rahmeh is an exotic botanical garden facing the sea and protected from the winds by the mountains. the exotic botanical garden has a subtropical microclimate unique in France.  Experimental garden with greenhouse full of rare plants.. it houses beautiful collections of palm trees, bombs, citrus-fruit, edible tropical plants with altogether over 1500 species.  In 1905 […]

Villa Hanbury Ventimiglia

Villa Hanbury Ventimiglia, Italy is yet another fabulous garden.  Plants from all over the world are able to acclimatise in the shelter afforded by the proximity of nearby mountains, and by the proximity to the sea.  Thomas Hanbury purchased the land, together with the ancient ruins of ‘Palazzo Orengo’ with a fortune acquired in china from […]

Villa Ephrussi Rothschild

http://www.villa-ephrussi.com/en  An exceptional villa and garden – quite extraordinary Béatrice was the daughter of the baron, Alphonse de Rothschild, a banker and renowned art collector. At the age of 19, she married Maurice Ephrussi, a Parisian banker of Russian origin, 15 years her senior, and a friend of her parents. The marriage quickly turned sour […]

Serre de la Madone garden, Menton

  http://www.serredelamadone.com This garden was designed by the same man that designed the garden at Hidcote Manor in England, Major Lawrence Johnson.  Between 1924 and 1939 he acquired seven hectares of land which he created into his ‘earthly paradise’ – a unique exotic landscaped garden (juxtaposition of different compartmental areas referred to as ‘green rooms’) […]