Green Tomatoes? Chow Down On Canadiana Style Chow Chow – Fresh Gardening Recipe

The Art of a Great Chow Chow

This year, I’m on the verge of  a tantalizingly tasty tomato crop.  Reds, yellows & even purples I have painstakingly been gardening in a very organic fashion.  But I always find some that have found a home on the ground, or a few that have a brown patch or two … and besides, I don’t always want to wait for the September for the last of the green tomatoes to make something with them … something called Chow Chow.

Many of you have been reading about the horrors of genetically modified produce & meat, and I have been doing my best to avoid GMOs & processed foods.  Corn syrup, for instance, has given rise to heated arguments between scientists & health specialists & all kinds of people, and we all know we find it in everything.

One thing it’s in is Catsup. Or Ketchup. Heinz lists it here in Canada as ‘liquid syrup’, but we all know it’s genetically modified corn syrup.

Catsup or Ketchup is for some, like butter is to bread … a marvellously sweet, spicy & salty condiment that goes with everything from the classic french fry to being used as a flavour enhancer in curry sauces.

I don’t like bottled Ketchup. Sorry Heinz, but I can taste the fakeness. It just isn’t like it was when I was a kid (and I’m an OLD lady!).

But recently, thanks to a twitter friend, my attention was brought to a fantastically deliciously wonderful condiment that goes by the name “Chow Chow”.

Thank you dear twitter friend, because now my taste buds have taken me back to my childhood of travelling up to the cottage, stopping by the side of the road on Highway 11 North in Ontario at Dutchie’s Restaurant, where they made the best french fries I have ever eaten in my life.  And I know, I KNOW, they had homemade ‘catsup’.  Chow Chow brings me right back to the old style counter seats & smell of the fryer.  Enough memories, let’s make some Chow Chow and can it!

What you will need:

6 cups of coarsely chopped green tomatoes*

* remove white core, & if too many or too large seeds remove as well

3 medium to large size onions, coarsely chopped

3 medium apples, coarsely chopped

2 stalks of celery, chopped up

1/4 – 1/2 cup of water

3/4 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of maple syrup

2 cups of white vinegar* (5% acetic acid)

* substitutes: red wine vinegar, 1/4 – 1/2 cup of lemon or lime juice

1 tbs. of mustard powder

1/4 tsp. of allspice (I put 1/2, I love it!)

1/4 tsp. of cumin

1/4 tsp. of red chili powder (spicy, don’t put in if you don’t like it)

Just a pinch, or two, of cinnamon

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

1/4 cup of pickling salt

In Quebec, additions such as green & red peppers and/or cauliflower are also included.

I always say, “Make sure you play with your food!”

How to Make Chow Chow:

In non-reactive pot (enamel, stainless steel), put 1/4 cup of water at bottom and heat on high.

Toss all ingredients except maple syrup & vinegar.  Bring up to almost a boil & simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the touch of Canadiana style – maple syrup – and give it a stir.  Then mix in all the vinegar.

Let this wonderful pot of goodness simmer on a low heat for about 15-20 minutes.

Depending on your choice, you can can this chunky or fine.  I prefer it done fine, so I either mush it through a sieve or I use my hand blender.

Water bath canning takes 10 minutes (but as most know, this depends on your altitude.)

Serve with french fries, hot dogs, hamburgers …

One of my absolute favourite uses is as a wonderful side sauce for Jerk’d Chicken or Pork, and it goes heavenly with West Indian Curry.

Please try my recipe & let me know how it turns out for you.

Enjoy!

Summertime Eats – Pickling Cucumbers – Easy Refrigerator Pickles

So the first harvest of my pickling cucumbers has come in.  Yay!

I decided to try growing them along with regular cukes, so that we could pickle them.  We will be canning, but later.

Now to the easy stuff.

I trellised my cucumbers this year, with old hockey nets on the ground, and it works wonderfully.

Hockey Nets for Cucumber Trellis (upper right in pic)

Giving these delicious veggies some serious support, the first cukes I’ve picked are as clean as a whistle.  Check them out:

organic pickling cucumbers

So, in order to create something easy, I’m using a friend’s quickie recipe for scrumptious refrigerator pickles.  And I cheat.  I use a microwave. (LOL)

I find about 8 medium sized cukes are good for about 1 quart of pickling liquid.

You will need:

8 pickling cucumbers (*slice lengthwise or across, your choice)

* thinner you slice, more flavour penetrates but too slim may get mushy

1/4 cup (or so, adjust!) pickling salt (I use sea salt)

1/4 cup (or so, adjust!) white sugar (try different things, like maple sugar/syrup or honey)

About 1 quart of water or so

3/4 cup white vinegar

2 cloves (or more) of garlic

1 white/red onion

Fresh Dill (or seed)

Fresh Red Chili or flake (optional)

Pickling Spices/Flavours*

* This is totally a matter of taste, however, basic pickles have dill, bay leaf, garlic, onion.

Coriander, mustard, dill seeds

Black Peppercorns (or multi-coloured!)

Bay leaves

For some yummy notes:

Cloves (minimum)

Allspice (dash)

Place your cut cukes, along with some minced garlic (I usually mince one clove and slice into quarters, the other) and onion (I cut in 3) into your refrigerator container.  I use a large glass bowl and not jar because these goodies disappear so very quickly.

Now I boil the pickling liquid in a glass bowl in my microwave.  Boiling in anything less than stainless steel, apparently is a no-no because it changes the chemical composition of the pickling liquid.  I am still learning, canning is my next mission.

So, put water, pickling flavours, vinegar, sugar and salt into a large glass microwaveable bowl and let the mixture come to a boil.  I usually let it boil for about 30 seconds longer than when it started.  Take it out and mix the liquid to dissolve the sugar and salt.  Microwave for another 30 – 60 seconds.

Pour over cucumber-garlic-onion in the glass bowl.  I do not boil the garlic or the onion in the pickling liquid as you will find the flavour turns bitter and unpleasant.  Let the hot liquid basically blanche the yummy concoction (the onion is so good too!).

Let it cool down and after it’s no longer warm, place into the refrigerator. Plastic wrap the top.

Give them about 24 hours before you eat.  But at our house, only a few hours in the frig and literally minutes until they are gone.

Hope you enjoy and please, adjust the flavourings to your own style.  Don’t be afraid to try something new.

I am thinking about making a chinese-style flavouring, using ginger, garlic & sesame oil next.

Refrigerator Pickles

Plant a Tree Together for Mothers’ Day – Consider Rose of Sharon

My Mom has passed however, I do think of her everyday.

This year, I have Rose of Sharon trees that I have people picking up from my yard – in order to plant with their mothers, for Mothers’ Day.

Instead of cut flowers, or chocolates or other stuff, planting a tree together is symbolic of a strong relationship.

Plant, root, water, prune, watch it grow … it make for a wonderful gift that not only is a beautiful thing, but also a benefit to our Earth.

Rose of Sharon are beautiful trees that can also be pruned into bushes.  They come in a wonderful variety of colours, of which I have pink, lavender and white in my yard.  They are late summer bloomers, but so worth the wait, as the flowers are large in size and vibrant in colour.

Rose of Sharon do really well in full sun, but also thrive in partial shade.  They can reach 10′ in height and branch out over 6′ around.

I really love these trees.  Super hardy and easy to transplant.

I pull these trees up from sprouts up to 2′ and run them through a hydroponic set up I have for them.  This ensures they are well rooted.

Giving your mother the gift of planting a tree together is really a positive and unique idea that can also help replenish earth.

The Healthy Growing Lives of: Chives – Herb, Food, Plant & Flower

Chives: Easy Healthy Add to Liven Up Your Garden & Your Food

I have been taking a good long look at the plants I inherited when I bought my home.  I am blessed with a wonderful property, full of interesting plants, trees and animals.

Recently, for the last couple of years, my garden has been sprouting bunches of Chives.  This year is exceptional, so the following is an ode of information about and for the CHIVE.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are a part of the same plant family as onions, scallions and garlic. They actually grow from small bulbs and have a long history of culinary and medicinal uses.

In the Middle Ages, chives were promoted as a cure for melancholy and believed to drive away evil spirits. Today we know that chives and chive flowers are high in vitamin C, folic acid and potassium. Therefore, they should be routinely added to recipes to help restore vital nutrients lost in cooking. This herb’s tangy aromatic taste come from its high concentration of sulfur compounds and other essential oils, which are also partly responsible for its healing properties.

Growing Chives: So Easy!!!

Chives can be started from seed but it’s easiest to find a friend that already has an herb garden and dig-up a clump of their chive plant and get started growing your fresh chives.

Once your herb garden is established and you start getting blossoms on your chive plants you’ll quickly find that it’s best to use scissors instead of pruning sheers or a knife on these plants. Scissors are especially useful when cutting your chives to prepare for your favorite dishes.

This hardy perennial grows from 12 to 24 inches tall, with pink and lavender flowers that have flavored meals for centuries. It prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil that high in organic matter. Planting rooted clumps is the easiest way to propagate chives. Seeds germinate slowly and require darkness, constant moisture, and temperatures of 60 degrees to 70 degrees F. Divide plants every few years. Chives also grow well in containers on a sunny windowsill or on your deck mixed with other herbs or edible flowers.

It’s just unbelievable how incredibly versatile chives can be. When you have an abundance of plants in your garden you can always make a chive bouquet.

Here’s a wonderful outdoor dining idea: place a chive bouquet in the center of your picnic table or outdoor dining area, the aroma can enhance dishes placed around it!

You can even use them as dried flower arrangements. They are very easy to dry and keep as edible flowers for your salads and soups.

Chives Save Lives: Surprising Medicinal Health Benefits

You may be surprised to find that there is research that supports how chives ease stomach distress, protect against heart disease and stroke and may help the body fight bacteria that can cause disease. In addition, the herb may increase the body’s ability to digest fat.

Therapeutic Effect:The medicinal properties of chives are as varied as their uses in the kitchen. Chives stimulate the appetite and promote good digestion. They can be used to ease stomach upset, clear a stuffy nose, reduce flatulence and prevent bad breath. Combined with a low-salt diet, they help lower high blood pressure. Plus, they have a mild diuretic effect, as well as some antibacterial properties.

Components: Chives are valued for their many essential minerals, including cardiac-friendly potassium, bone-strengthening calcium and blood-building iron. And unlike most other members of the onion family, chives are high in folic acid (a B vitamin), vitamin A and vitamin C. In fact, just 3 ½ ounces of chives supplies enough vitamin C to meet your daily requirement of 60 mg.

Cold Prevention: The high vitamin C content in chives can help prevent colds. They also speed recovery if a cold develops by helping the body to expel mucus; the sulfurous compounds in chives are natural expectorants.

Cholesterol Reduction: Scientific research shows that chives stimulate the body’s digestion of fat. Eaten regularly, chives may help lower blood cholesterol levels.

The Chive Flower: Tastes as Good as It Looks

Here are a few foodie food ideas …

Don’t overlook the chive flower. The chive’s delicate purple flowers have a milder flavor than the leaves and stems and add a decorative touch to salads, herb oils and other dishes.

Chive Flavored Oil: add 1 ½ ounces of chive blossoms to 1 quart of vegetable oil. After a week, the oil will turn lilac and take on the fragrance of the chive flowers. Use the oil on salads or in cooking. Keep it refrigerated when not in use!

Chive Salt: If you like the oniony flavor of chives, make your own Chive Salt to add zip to all sorts of dishes. First, add some chive leaves to some salt. Then bake the mixture in the oven to dry the leaves and blend the flavors. Store in an airtight jar.

Cottage Cheese with Chives

  • 8 ounces of cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper

1. Blend the cottage cheese and mustard.

2. Peel the shallot, chip finely and mix with the cottage cheese blend.

3. Wash and dry the chives and snip them finely. Stir about two-thirds of the chives into the cottage cheese mixture.

4. Season the cottage-cheese mixture with the paprika and add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the remaining chives on top.

Food & Kitchen Tips

  • Cut chives just before you are ready to use them to preserve their vitamins, aroma and flavor. Chives are delicate; to prevent the loss of essential oils, snip them with kitchen shears rather than chopping or grinding.
  •  Don’t heat chives or they will lose their valuable vitamin C as well as their digestive properties
  •  Grow chives at home in a pot on a windowsill. Wait until the plant reaches about 6 inches in height before cutting. Harvest the chive leaves frequently to prevent blooming unless you specifically want to use the flowers. Once the plant blooms, the leave become less flavorful.
  • Freeze chives for future use. Frozen chives tend to retain more flavor than dried chives. Snip fresh chives into small pieces, then place them in an ice-cube tray and fill it with water. To thaw, put a chive cube in a strainer.

We hope you enjoyed the article on Chives.

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Online Pins and Posts Party: Top 5 Pinterest Gardening Pins – Best Photo, Funniest and More

Welcome to the Kick Off to the Online Gardening Pins & Posts Party!!!

I am still kinda new to Pinterest (for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a relatively new ‘social’ networking site & its very cool!) but I am very lucky and really appreciate the interest my followers have given my blog & pins! Thank you.

So, in appreciation, I am creating a TOP 5 GARDENING PINS & POSTS of the Week page, dedicated to my friends and followers on social networks and blogs.

TOP 5 PINTEREST GARDENING PINS of the WEEK:

Categories include: BEST PHOTO, BEST USE OF RECYCLING, FUNNIEST, Do-It-Yourself DIY & OFF THE WALL.

From Abby Iris: Best Photo

Seems this PIN made a terrific impression with Pinsters, clocking in high repins.

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Brittany McCrea: Best Use of Recycling

Recycling and saving the environment is a daily habit for most of us gardeners.  This PIN hit home with many. Guess we all might be wine drinkers too. Anyone growing grapes? Cheers!

http://pinterest.com/pin/88242473918877569/

Veronica Frontz: Funniest Gardening Pin

Laughter is definitely the best medicine, so get your dose with this PIN.

http://pinterest.com/pin/237846424040579847/

Nicki Hammon: DIY

This is a great way to bling and sparkle up any fence and gate. Also, think about alternatives to marbles, like pieces of coloured glass etc.

http://pinterest.com/pin/130041507960516206/

Gigi-Mays: Most Off the Wall

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This is the most off the wall and craziest Tulip I have ever seen.  Reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors.

Feed Me Seymour …

Hope you enjoyed the picks and the pics!

Come back and visit next week for another TOP 5 of the BEST PINS & POSTS …

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Ginger – Something Healthy and Different to Grow and Use

Ginger – that amazingly ‘hot’ and fragrant root, easily used in both sweet and savoury recipes, is a healthy plant to grow.  I’m doing it this year, however, it is a tropical plant and needs lots of humidity, in-direct sunlight and warmth.

You can grow Ginger from the roots you buy at the store, provided they are fresh and have ‘rhizomes’ or little bumps that are looking like they are trying to break through.  This will assure you growth, like you see in the picture below.

An underground stem, or rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale — has been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions since ancient times. In China, for example, ginger has been used to help digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea for more than 2,000 years. Ginger has also been used to help treat arthritis, colic, diarrhea, and heart conditions.

In addition to being used as a medicine, ginger is used throughout the world as an important cooking spice. It also has been used to help treat the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches, and painful menstrual periods.

Ginger is native to Asia where it has been used as a cooking spice for at least 4,400 years.

Plant Description:

Ginger is a knotted, thick, beige underground stem, called a rhizome. The stem sticks up about 12 inches above ground with long, narrow, ribbed, green leaves, and white or yellowish-green flowers.

What’s It Made Of?:

The important active components of the ginger root are thought to be volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds (such as gingerols and shogaols).

Medicinal Uses and Indications:

Today, health care professionals may recommend ginger to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting from motion sickness, pregnancy, and cancer chemotherapy. It is also used as a digestive aid for mild stomach upset, to reduce pain of osteoarthritis, and may even be used in heart disease or cancer.

Motion Sickness

Several studies suggest that ginger may work better than placebo in reducing some symptoms of motion sickness. In one trial of 80 new sailors who were prone to motion sickness, those who took powdered ginger had less vomiting and cold sweating compared to those who took placebo. Ginger did not reduce nausea, however. Similar results were found in a study with healthy volunteers.

However, other studies have found that ginger does not work as well as medications in reducing symptoms of motion sickness. In one small study, participants were given either fresh root or powdered ginger, scopolamine, a medication commonly prescribed for motion sickness, or placebo. Those who took scopolamine had fewer symptoms than those who took ginger. Conventional prescription and over-the-counter medicines that decrease nausea may also have side effects, such as dry mouth and drowsiness.

Pregnancy-Related Nausea and Vomiting
Human studies suggests that 1g daily of ginger may be effective for nausea and vomiting in pregnant women when used for short periods (no longer than 4 days). Several studies have found that ginger is better than placebo in relieving morning sickness.

In a small study of 30 pregnant women with severe vomiting, those who took 1 gram of ginger every day for 4 days reported more relief from vomiting than those who took placebo. In a larger study of 70 pregnant women with nausea and vomiting, those who received a similar dosage of ginger felt less nauseous and did not vomit as much as those who received placebo. Pregnant women should ask their doctor before taking ginger, and should be careful not take more than 1g per day.

Chemotherapy nausea

A few studies suggest that ginger reduces the severity and duration of nausea — but not vomiting — during chemotherapy. However, one of the studies used ginger in combination with another anti-nausea drug, so it’ s hard to say whether ginger had any effect. More studies are needed.

Nausea and vomiting after surgery

Research is mixed as to whether ginger can help reduce nausea and vomiting following surgery. Two studies found that 1g of ginger root before surgery reduced nausea as well as a leading medication. In one of these studies, women who received ginger also needed fewer medications for nausea after surgery. But other studies have found that ginger didn’ t help reduce nausea. In fact, one study found that ginger may actually increase vomiting following surgery. More research is needed.

Osteoarthritis

Ginger extract has long been used in traditional medical practices to reduce inflammation. And there is some evidence that ginger may help reduce pain from osteoarthritis (OA). In a study of 261 people with OA of the knee, those who took a ginger extract twice daily had less pain and needed fewer pain-killing medications than those who received placebo. But another study found that ginger was no better than ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or placebo in reducing symptoms of OA. It may take several weeks to see any effect.

Other uses

  • A few preliminary studies suggest that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood from clotting. That can be helpful in treating heart disease, where blood vessels can become blocked and lead to heart attack or stroke. But more studies are needed to know whether ginger is safe or effective for heart disease.
  • Laboratory studies have also found that some substances in ginger may kill cancer cells in test tubes. More research is needed to know if ginger would have the same effect in humans.

Available Forms:

Ginger products are made from fresh or dried ginger root, or from steam distillation of the oil in the root. The herb is available in extracts, tinctures, capsules, and oils. Fresh ginger root can also be purchased and prepared as a tea. Ginger is also a common cooking spice and can be found in a variety of foods and drinks, including ginger bread, ginger snaps, ginger sticks, and ginger ale.

How to Take It:

Pediatric

Don’ t give ginger to children under 2.

Ginger may be used by children over 2 years of age to treat nausea, stomach cramping, and headaches. Ask your doctor to help you determine the right dose.

Adult

In general, don’ t take more than 4g of ginger per day, including food sources. Pregnant women should not take more than 1g per day.

  • Standardized dose: Take 75 – 2,000 mg in divided doses with food, standardized to contain 4% volatile oils or 5% total pungent compounds including 6-gingerol or 6-shogaol.
  • For nausea, gas, or indigestion: 2 – 4 grams of fresh root daily (0.25 – 1.0 g of powdered root) or 1.5 – 3.0 mL (30 – 90 drops) liquid extract daily. To prevent vomiting, take 1 gram of powdered ginger (1/2 tsp) or its equivalent, every 4 hours as needed (not to exceed 4 doses daily), or 2 ginger capsules (1 gram), 3 times daily. You may also chew a 1/4 oz piece of fresh ginger when needed.
  • For pregnancy-induced vomiting, use 250 mg 4 times daily for up to 4 days. Talk to your doctor before taking ginger.
  • For arthritis pain: 250 mg 4 times daily.

Precautions:

The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.

Side effects from ginger are rare, but if taken in high doses the herb may cause mild heartburn, diarrhea, and irritation of the mouth. You may be able to avoid some of the mild stomach side effects, such as belching, heartburn, or stomach upset, by taking ginger supplements in capsules.

People with gallstones should ask their doctor before taking ginger. Make sure to tell your doctor if you are taking ginger and will be having surgery or placed under anesthesia for any reason.

People with heart conditions and people with diabetes should not take ginger without asking their doctors.

Pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding should talk to their doctor before taking ginger.

Do not take ginger if you have a bleeding disorder or if you are taking blood-thinning medications, including aspirin.

Possible Interactions:

Ginger may alter the effects of some prescription and nonprescription medications. If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use ginger without first talking to your health care provider.

Blood-thinning medications — Ginger may increase the risk of bleeding. Talk to your doctor before taking ginger if you take blood-thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin) or aspirin.

Diabetes medications — Ginger may lower blood sugar, raising the risk of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.

High blood pressure medications — Ginger may lower blood pressure, raising the risk of low blood pressure or irregular heartbeat.

Alternative Names:

African ginger; Black ginger; Jamaican ginger; Zingiber officinale

Great Recipe … for Ginger Ice-Tea

Make a compote out of older fruit like apples & pears (getting bruised).

About a ginger root, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cup of water, one squeezed lemon, some vanilla, 1/8-1/4 cup of sugar and the fruit.

Simmer for about 1 hour or until fruit gets very soft.

Pour through a strainer with teeny tiny holes.

Voila.  Add the syrup to your favourite ice-tea. Makes for a deliciously different flavour of tea.

Hope you enjoy this information.

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10 of the Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

So beautiful! I am definitely going to recreate some of these ideas (on a smaller scale of course!). Enjoy.

1. Gardens of Versailles, France

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In the 17th century, one of the most famous French landscape architects, André Le Nôtre, designed the fascinating gardens of Versailles, built for Louis XIV. Placed to the west of the palace, the gardens cover about 800 hectares of land, which includes two ‘French’ gardens, the ‘Petit Parc’ and the ‘Trianon’ and 300 hectares of forest. The gardens feature lovely parterres of flowers, meticulous manicured lawns, sculptures, fountains and water features. The gardens of Versailles are one of the most visited public places in France, receiving few million visitors a year.

www.chateauversailles.fr

2. Singapore Botanic Garden

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Singapore Botanic Garden  is a garden composed with 3 parts: Bukit Timah Core, Tanglin Core and Centre. The garden is considered as one of the most beautiful in the world and one of the oldest. The garden at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society. Bukit Timah Core is in use for study and practicing while in Tanglin Core part visitors can find a lot of beautiful and unique statues and fountains that are distributed in little small circular gardens. The most popular part among the tourist is Centre. You don’t have many places in the world where you can see 60,000 seedlings of orchid flowers in full bloom. That is the Orchid Garden State.

www.sbg.org.sg

3. Descanso Gardens, California

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If you are in L.A. you should definitely spend half an hour driving to this gorgeous garden. Descanso gardens are called ”Heaven on earth”. They have more than 100.000 diferent plants and are proud owners of the world’s biggest “collection” of the camellia. Gardens and forest of Descanso are spread over 26 hectares of the San Rafael Hills. If you go at Descanso gardens we suggest you to visit Japanese garden and international Rose Garden which is home to thousands of roses.

www.descansogardens.org

4. The Butchart Gardens, British Columbia, Canada

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10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

In 1904, Jennie Butchart started to beautify an abandoned limestone quarry left behind from her husband’s pioneering efforts in the manufacture of cement. Little by little, the place blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden. The sea-side of the Butchart family’s home was transformed into a lovely Japanese Garden, the tennis court became an Italian Garden, while a wonderful  Rose Garden replaced a big kitchen vegetable patch. Today, the Butchart Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world and the most visited tourist attraction on Vancouver Island, receiving more than a million visitors each year.

www.butchartgardens.com

5. Villa d’Este, Italy

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10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

Here we have one more European magnificent garden. His history is quite interesting. After the disappointment of a failed bid for the papacy, a cardinal Ippolito II d’Este came back to Tivoli and decided to build himself a home from old monastery. He called his home Villa d’Este. Now Villa d’Este is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, and recently Vila d’Est was found on the list of UNESCO as one of the 31 most important historical cities in Italy.

www.villadestetivoli.info

6. The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington D.C.

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, located on the highest point in Georgetown, Washington D.C. features 4 formally landscaped hectares and a beautiful English country garden around the mansion Dumbarton Oaks House. The gardens were designed and created over a 30 year period through the partnership of Mildred Bliss, the owner of the the property, and landscape designer Beatrix Farrand. The gardens include oak trees, an enormous bamboo stand, a rose garden, and the profusion of perennials and color so familiar to traditional country gardens. Much of the property is terraced and planted with  cherry trees, herbs and forsythias.

www.doaks.org

7. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, France

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a French seaside palace constructed between 1905 and 1912 at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat by Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild. There you have seven roads that guide you through the garden that has seven parts. Each part is with a different theme, including the formal French garden, the rose garden, the Spanish garden, the Florentine garden, the stone garden, the Japanese garden and the exotic garden.

www.villa-ephrussi.com

8. Stourhead, England

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

The Stourhead gardens was designed by Henry Hoare II in the 18th century and later enhanced with new species of trees from America by his grandson, Richard Colt Hoare. Placed in the middle of a large estate near Warminster south of Bath, the lovely Stourhead garden surrounds a peaceful lake, a jewel nestled among undulating hills. Various classic architectural features are tucked in strategic spots around the shore and they include few monuments and an arched stone bridge. For centuries, the garden has been acclaimed as one of the most picturesque gardens in Britain.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

9. Suzhou Gardens, China

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

Suzhou is China’s well-known “City of Gardens” located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province in Eastern China. Suzhou at one time is said to have housed more than 200 gardens right within its premises and for this reason the city had gained the title “Venice of the East”. Though the number of gardens don’t match the original number, there are still around 69 or so gardens to be found within the city. Most of the gardens found in Suzhou date back to the Spring and Autumn Period which lasted between 770 and 476 BC. The gardens serve as a perfect retreat, with the symmetry of the hills, pavilions, brooks, halls, trees, fountains, towers and flowers giving off a peaceful aura and making tranquil ambience. Nine of the gardens are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site list.

www.suzhou.gov.cn

10. The Palacio de Generalife, Spain

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in the World

The Palacio de Generalife was the summer palace and country estate of  Kings of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, now beside the city of Granada in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. The palace and gardens were built during the reign of Muhammad III who started building them in the 14th century. Today this is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. The complex include the Court of the Water Channel or Water-Garden Courtyard. That part has a big pool  framed by flowerbeds and fountains. The greenest section of the Generalife in winter is the pool court, where sunken gardens in the Islamic style contain lavender, myrtle, thyme and other herbs, irises, and pomegranates.

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