Garden Tourism: Paul Bangay’s Favourites

by Monday, March 20, 2017

Garden Tourism is a booming market. So many people around the world love to combine the joy of travel with their curiosity of ‘other people’s gardens’. So, I thought I’d ask my friend Paul Bangay, one of the world’s greatest Landscape Designers, to share with us his favourite gardens to travel to and of course his favourite holiday location…

Paul Bangay’s Top Ten Favourite Gardens Around the World

  1. Sissinghurst Castle Garden, near Cranbrook, Kent, England (main picture). The late Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson’s world renowned garden. Rent the Priest’s Cottage, in the White Garden. Get up early at 5am and you’ll have the whole place to yourself until the gardeners arrive at 7am. Book through the National Trust.

    Sissinghurst, Kent, England.

  2. Great Dixter, Rye, East Sussex, England. The home of the late gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006). A hub of ideas and experiments in planting combinations of perennials and succulents and more.
  3. Alhambra, Granada, Spain. The climate there is similar to Australia’s which makes it all the more interesting.
  4. Giverny, France. Seeing what the artist Monet created is a very special experience.
  5. Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.

    Château de Versailles, France.

  6. Château de Versailles, France. And the gardens of the Hameau de la Reine, (The Queen’s Hamlet) a rustic retreat in the park of the Château de Versailles built for Marie Antoinette in 1783 near the Petit Trianon in Yvelines, France.
  7. Shangri La, Hawaii. In the late 1930s, American tobacco heiress Doris Duke built her Honolulu home, Shangri La, on five acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head.
  8. Filoli, outside San Francisco. This country estate’s garden next to the main house was featured in television show “Dynasty”.

    Shangri La, Hawaii.

  9. The Huntington, Los Angeles. Beautiful rose gardens.
  10. Pershing Square, Los Angeles. In the heart of Downtown LA, it features an open amphitheatre, an orange tree grove, and a circular fountain.

Paul’s Favourite Garden Tour…

I’d have to say Trisha Dixon because she conducts amazing, specialist private tours within Australia, especially Tasmania, and abroad. She is also an expert on Edna Walling, and Trisha’s research into the life and landscape designs of Edna Walling has resulted in a number of books, articles and consultancy on her remaining gardens.

Paul’s Favourite Gardens in Australia…

Cruden Farm, Langwarrin, outside Melbourne – the former home of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. Edna Walling laid out the garden. Also, Milton Park, a hotel in Bowral, in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Paul’s Favourite Holiday Destination…

England, every year! We spend a week in the same apartment in London every year, then a week in the countryside going around looking at different gardens including Gravetye Manor, in West Sussex and Hotel Endsleigh in Devon, a 200-year old Humphrey Repton garden which is just exquisite.

Hotel Endsleigh, Devon, England. Pic: