Category: Gardens

Experience the Garden

Park in Nice is nice

I saw a great example of urban renewal during a recent visit to Nice, France. Promenade du Paillon is a park in the heart of the city, on a strip of land separating the old and new towns. Green space, walkways,…

Lungs of the city

As fascinating as New York City can be with its outstanding architecture, abundant shopping, and incomparable entertainment, it can be incredibly draining on the psyche with its constant noise, concrete canyons, and hordes of people. That’s when parks come into their own, providing…

Boston’s jewel box

I had heard that the downtown Boston Public Library was one of the most beautiful libraries in the United States (as well as one of the first publicly-funded libraries, founded in 1848), so on a recent trip to Beantown, I headed…

Flowering abundance

The Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia (about 20 minutes away from Victoria) is one of Canada’s premier horticultural destinations, designated as a National Historic Site. It was created early in the 20th century by Jennie Butchart, the wife of Robert…

The garden that love built

The beauty of a well-designed garden is usually enough to draw visitors, but when there’s a romantic story attached, people come in droves. The Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, British Columbia is one such place. Nicholas Abkhazi was an exiled Georgian prince who…

A world-class park

It seems like all the best cities have great public parks in the middle of them: Villa Borghese in Rome, Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, Central Park in New York City. Added to this number has to be Stanley Park in…

My top 7 pics from Florida and Texas

Even though I toted my SLR camera along with me in the car on the Florida trip, it only came out on two occasions (the Dolphin Research Centre and Colonial Williamsburg). Most of the time, I took photographs with my…

My top 5 stories from Florida and Texas

I visited so many wonderful places during my trips to Florida (including Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia) and Texas (including Louisiana and Ohio) that it was hard to pin down just five great stories, but here they are: Tea, anyone? Discover…

Spanish flair in a New Orleans garden

New Orleans may be known for its French heritage, but at Longue Vue House & Gardens in the north of the city, it’s Spain that’s the highlight of this beautiful mid-twentieth century estate. Longue Vue House was the home of philanthropists…

Venice Texas-style

If you don’t want to go all the way to Europe to experience a canal system in the middle of a city, head down to San Antonio, Texas, where the River Walk has been beautifying the downtown since the 1920s.…