As you very well know, gardens are a special place for me, and this one most of all. I visited it on that same trip to France and it's located in the backyard of a beautiful villa. It is so much more than the standard French garden though (even if the beginning is in the traditional design), the globetrotting woman who lived here wouldn't have had it any other way and spent dollars upon dollars importing nature and experts from around the world to design it.
To make your way through, you must first turn right, at which point you get your first gorgeous view of the Mediterranean.
It was beyond anything I had ever seen before, and will probably never see again.
Then you reach the Italian garden, which now that I think about it, was very much like the ones in Florence.
Next there is the sculpture garden with pieces old and new collected over decades to a standard green backdrop.
(A brief pause to gawk at the views)
Then to the Oriental garden, where I was reminded of the famous Japanese one in San Francisco. So calming.
The rose garden that followed was unfortunately disappointing because of the time of year that we were visiting. Of course, that didn't mean that I enjoyed it any less.
There were scattered Roman sculptures throughout. Oh la la.
Here we have the garden of the Americas, gotta love our cacti.
And behind this fountain, the twisting natural chaos of an English garden, my preferred layout.
Finally, after climbing through the beauty that all of these gardens are, I found the perfect photo-op to capture it all.
One day, some how, I would love to go back. In the mean time I will make the most of the flowers both inside and outside the house I now call home. Classes went well today, tomorrow is my "Friday" and then a fun college weekend awaits. It's been too long since I've had one of those ;). Hope you all are having a fantastic week. "