Amazing European gardens for 2018

Brenda Watkinson concludes her look at what’s blossoming in the gardening world for 2018.

Groups travelling to Europe are spoilt for choice when choosing a garden visit.

In Germany, two gardens spring to mind as being the ideal group destination. In eastern Germany, the Garden Kingdom of Dessau Wörlitz with its manor houses and fascinating gardens, was created as the first English-style landscape garden in mainland Europe.

Meanwhile, heading south to Lake Constance, the Flower Island of Mainau is home to an extraordinary diversity of trees, flowers and shrubs.

In France, the largest Japanese garden in Europe is definitely worth a visit. Situated in the Pays de La Loire, the Parc Oriental de Maulévrier was created between 1899 and 1933 in the grounds of Chateau Colbert.

Exploring the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, Germany (

Exploring the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, Germany (

For something rather magical, the garden offers illuminated evening visits from May until September (times vary according to night fall).

Meanwhile, just outside Angers, visitors to the plant-themed amusement park Terra Botanica will discover thousands of plant species from all the continents as they stroll through the tropical jungle or the arid deserts, the primary forests or the delicate paths of the Rose Garden, the paddy fields of the Orient or the Mediterranean terraces.

Groups visiting the west of Ireland should definitely include a visit to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden in Connemara, County Galway in their itinerary.

Home to Benedictine nuns since 1920, visitors can explore the six-acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings and follow woodland and lakeshore walks through the 1,000 acre estate.


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