Inspiring International Gardens

I’m going to start this week’s blog post by shamelessly stealing someone else’s idea! My good friend Jenny Peterson did a great garden video showing highlights of her gardening year in 2010.  So, I thought I’d do a video of all the fantastic gardens I visited last year. Here it is…

If you’d like to know more about the gardens that are featured in the video please click on the following links:

Alhambra Palace garden Granada Spain

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Burghley House Lincolnshire

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Spain

Coimbra Botanic Garden, Portugal

Parque de Maria Luisa, Sevilla, Spain

Jardines de las Reales Alcazares

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About Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 20 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!


  1. I love your video, Rachel–and so jealous that you’ve done so much travel to visit these beautiful gardens! I have to admit, I started right in watching the video without thoroughly reading your lead in, so for the first few seconds I thought these were gardens you designed! Lovely.

  2. Heh heh heh – yes I designed them all cough cough cough!!

    It’s funny, I hadn’t realised I done quite so much traveling last year but I guess I did! Looking forward to seeing what great gardens you have in Austin when I visit in March. Hope you’ve got a good list of places for me to visit, I’ll be bringing my camera!

  3. Thanks for sharing! What contrast in light and effects from Spain to the UK; both still a difference from the laser-beam sun here, and it is only winter…

    I remember seeing “Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos” in college. It was a favorite from then for the simplicity and diversity – hardscape and plants – but I never saw it again, until now. The sculpture garden is exquisite! Actually, the entire video is.

  4. Amazing video Rachel!

    It was a pleasure to watch it and it was inspiring.


  5. My pleasure David! The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos is certainly an amazing garden, I think it will be hard to find a better one. It was one of the first I came across on my trip so every other garden got compared to it.

    Glad you enjoyed the video Eugen :o)


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