Travels to Europe’s Historical Gardens

by Allen Quay

in Travel

Landscape design architecture in Europe has provided a foundation for outdoor living styles around the world for centuries. From the formal knot gardens and parterres seen in early France and England to the romantic cottage gardens and country gardens that began to scatter the European countryside in the 1700′s.

Renowned gardeners such as writer, lecturer and designer Rosemary Verey contributed to the development of European garden design.

Below is a picture I took of Allen and Rosemary when we visited her home called Barnsley House in Gloucestershire, England. Having known Rosemary, I can honestly say that you couldn’t find a more kindhearted and modest soul as hers. She passed away on May 31, 2001 at the age of 82. She was one of England’s greatest horticultural teachers and will truly be missed by all.

 

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Speaking of great teachers, England is known throughout the world for it’s excellent schools teaching everything from accounting to garden design. It’s no surprise the some of the best landscape designers come from the UK.

Other wonderful gardens we visited to find even more insights into the wonderful world of landscape design architecture in Europe are the legendary Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in London, England and the Chateau de Versailles in Versailles, France which is an excellent source of information on landscape-design-architecture in Europe.

The spectacular palace of Versailles (pronounced ‘Ver-sai’) is not only steeped in tradition but also incredible beauty. We explored the gardens, the estate and the hall of mirrors. These are spectacular gardens to visit not only in person but also through their informative websites.

Today, landscape design architecture in Europe still influences garden styles worldwide and continues to reflect the natural outdoor beauty of yesteryear while addressing the needs of modern life along with the importance of sustainability.

 

Urban Outdoor Living

Contemporary EU living is often accompanied by extremely limited outdoor space. Smaller spaces haven’t reduced the love of outdoor living for Europeans.

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Instead, rooftops and community parks play an even bigger role in landscaping. Green roofs provide functional space for vegetable and herb gardens, recreational space, and even bee-keeping, while shared green spaces are planned in most EU communities to accommodate outdoor play and enjoyment.

 

 

Sustainability Reflects Natural Beauty

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Both urban and suburban small yards still boast fabulous landscape design architecture in Europe, typically showcasing the natural elegance of the outdoors.

Vibrant and untamed planting areas bring life to limited space while quaint patios with simple decor provide areas to enjoy outdoor living.

Natural, English garden styles blend wildlife and tranquility with space for relaxing and entertaining – creating an open feeling in even the tightest spaces.

 

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Preserving and protecting the environment is just as important in modern landscape design architecture in Europe as beauty and functionality.

Simple, natural, and sustainable elements are a common part of EU gardens and designs – and are easily integrated into the traditional country garden style of England. Sustainable landscape design is a perfect match for European living and the EU is a proven trendsetter for eco-friendly garden design around the world.

Popular characteristics of European outdoor spaces include:

• Locally sourced, natural hardscape materials. Porous materials, like gravel and mulch, add a quaint air to the outdoor space while also promoting proper drainage.

• Wildlife-friendly spaces. Flourishing bioswales and abundant rain gardens provide natural areas for low-impact vegetation to grow while also creating habitats for native insects, birds, and animals.

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• Native plants and trees. Invasive plants are avoided and local favorites take their place, encouraging and sustaining a number of threatened species.

Stately shade trees lend romance and reduce carbon while native wildflowers minimize maintenance and the need for natural resources.

These carefully planned features create vibrant outdoor spaces that are full of life without requiring extensive maintenance and resources – allowing European property owners to truly enjoy their landscape design rather than pour hours into keeping it beautiful.

 

A Place to Play

From planned communities to private backyard gardens, outdoor landscape design architecture in Europe has always integrated personal enjoyment into the design.

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Both small and expansive spaces typically incorporate relaxing sitting areas, quaint gazebos, and functional patios to provide a place for taking in the scenery or entertaining.

Outdoor kitchens are commonplace, while pools and outdoor spas may be seen in larger designs.

Amazing landscape designs for commercial projects including resorts, water parks and golf developments can be found all over Europe.

The UE has updated traditional garden design to address the needs of contemporary life without distracting from the beauty of outdoor living. Landscape design in England, France, and other European communities is a great foundation for global styles.

Allen Quay is a self-proclaimed blogger and founder of Landscape Design Advisor. He's traveled the world visiting famous gardens and their owners in the search for landscape design ideas that he can share with others. Click here if you live in Southern California and would like to meet Allen for a FREE landscape design consultation.
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