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Gardens Around the World

Gardens Around the World

Fables & Nature

For 21 years the idea of Van Vaibhav, or Splendour of the Forest has inspired our designs, encouraged and nurtured us to be in harmony with nature.

Celebrating the joy of the world that surrounds us, we sought the most breathtaking of gardens the world over. Join us, as we slip into verdant oases and wild orchards, marvel under flower-laden walkways and march atop mountain forts, to discover our favourite earthly paradises across the world with

Dil-e-Aaram Gardens
Amer in Jaipur

In the ancient citadel of Amer in Jaipur, the stunning Dil-e-Aaram Gardens is where the elements of nature, majestic views of the land and a stunning geometry of design coalesce. Built within the sandstone fort in a syncretic style that skillfully blended elements from Rajput and Mughal architecture, its beauty lies in its Charbagh format (an Islamic principle based on Chahar Bagh or four gardens), with channels of running water cross-crossing a manicured garden and embraced by a lattice-like marble walkway. It is here, in the Mughal Gardens at Amer Fort, that a love for natural beauty and symmetry is ever-present.

A garden housed within red sandstone, white marble, stained-glass windows and  
features intricate inlay work with precious stones and mirrors.

Butchart Gardens | British Columbia

From the belly of an old limestone quarry in British Columbia, bloom by bloom, a riotous garden of colour began to grow a century ago. Three million bulbs emerge and bloom in a carefully orchestrated symphony of colour every year at the Butchart Gardens, but it's the famous Rambling Rose-laden walkaway awash in hues of pink that takes our breath away.

The Villa d'Este 
Tivoli, Rome

A 16th-century villa in Tivoli, Rome, finds itself surrounded by a terraced hillside of gardens and an extraordinary design of fountains. The Villa d'Este has an artful maze of greenery, interspersed with beautiful niches, grottos and nymphaeums fed by the nearby River Aniene. 

The gardens are home to a remarkable network of cascades, waterfalls and fountains, furnished by the diverted river that travels through the town of Tivoli, and each intricate channel operates without any pumps, entirely by the wonder of gravity. 

Each water channel is fed by the nearby River Aniene, that journeys through  
the old town of Tivoli.  The fountains operate by the wonder of gravity, without any pumps.

The terraced gardens of Villa d'Este have a network of cascades, waterfalls, fountains and architectural niches.

Nishat Bagh | East of Dal Lake, Srinagar

Rising up in terraces on the mountain to the East of Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh was once a sight to behold: blossoming cypresses and chinar trees, Persian lilacs, narcissus, tulips and other flowers were brought to life by channels of water, falling in cascades, foaming within tanks and bubbling up through fountains. Author C.M Villiers Stuart would write of water being the very life and soul of this Garden of Bliss.

Keukenhof Gardens

In the springtime, a meandering wooded pathway into the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands can leave you spellbound: tulip fields until the eye can see, dotted with colourful narcissi, daffodils, hyacinths and bluebells. Each year, 7 million bulbs blossom into a riot of colour

Shalimar Bagh | Lahore, Pakistan

The Shalimar Bagh, or ‘Abode of Love’ in Lahore, Pakistan is a magnificent water garden built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1637. Canals of water weave through shrubs and trees into a central marble pond engraved with leaves, blossoms and seashells. At its zenith, the garden was awash with colour: roses, carnations, narcissi, tulips and flowering trees against a backdrop of white marble pillars, golden roofs and sandstone pillars, a true magnificence of Mughal craftsmanship.

The Alhambra Palace 
Granada, Spain

The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, was known by Moorish poets as ‘a pearl set in emeralds’, an allusion to the breathtaking mosaic of gardens and architecture. 

With a host of wildflowers, roses, myrtles, orange trees and English elms, the gardens sally into palace courtyards and rooms, with flowers climbing over moulded stucco walls and vines draped across gorgeous architectural niches. A mesmerizing interplay of fountains, cascades, shaded walkways and pergolas decorate the complex, transporting you to a bygone era. 

The palace is a mosaic of breathtaking gardens, fountains and architecture.

With wildflowers, roses and English elms, and an abundance of fragrant orange trees.

Kawachi Fuji Gardens | Kitakyushu, Japan

A walk through the theatrical passageway of wisteria flowers in Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, leaves you enthralled: cascades of hanging, ornamental flowers climb down arches, trellis’ and trees. The word 'fuji' literally means 'wisteria' – the gardens are a trove of woody vines with wisteria flowers of twenty different species, that bloom in hues of soft white and rich lavender, deep violet and bright blue. Known for an elusive blooming pattern, the fragrant flower symbolizes mystery, beauty and immortality.
Nestled in the hills, this private garden has cascades of wisteria flowers that bloom in colourful hues over arches, trellis' and trees.

Rich lavender wisteria flowers decorate the gardens.

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