Chelsea Flower Show: Choose Your Favorite Garden

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This year, I had the fortune of visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in England—which is over one hundred years old.

Wow! So inspiring and amazing beautiful.

I brought back photos for your viewing pleasure—wherever you live! There was SO much to cover. On this page are just three of the large show gardens.

We'd all love to hear which garden YOU like best. Please vote for one of the three gardens simply by commenting below. We can't wait to see which garden wins our “Almanac Readers’ Choice” award!

The 2014 Chelsea Show Gardens

Overall, if I had to summarize my take on the large show gardens, I would say that I was surprised by the formality of the garden design—albeit most of the gardens seemed to soften the formality with soft “naturalistic” plantings to give a sense of balance.

1. “The Laurent-Perrier Garden”

This quietly elegant garden (which won “Best Show Garden”) features a modern rectangular pool, smooth concrete walls, terracing, and a geometric layout.

These structural elements contrast with the soft pastel shades of the flowers, the cedar sculpture, the shadows cast by the trees, and the moving leaves reflected in the water. I love the light yellow lupines and the fresh lemon-greens with hints of light purple with iris and phlox.

2. “The Telegraph Garden”

Inspired by Italy, this garden seems more traditional but has flashes of American modernism. Notice the formal rectangular lawn with shaped topiaries on the corners, the limestone wall, and the hedges. I love the lemon trees in containers and the lime trees that are clipped to create a canopy.

All of these geometric shapes are softened by beds of green grasses and herbaceous perennials in colors of the sky and sea—such as cornflower, blue borage, and blue iris. The plantings around the lawn are loose and graceful. For me, this garden is quite inviting—and I wished that I could have relaxed in it!

3. “The M&G Paradise Garden”

The third garden is a modern take on the ancient Paradise gardens—which were desert refuges thousands of years ago. Key features of a Paradise garden are shade, water, and food.

Shade is provided by four trees around the garden, which represent earth, water, air, and fire. Water flows from a tall, octagonal fountain, symbolizing the garden of Eden. Fruit is represented by grapevines and wild strawberries. Carved into the large stone wall is the Tree of Life, symbolizing the roots of gardening. The gravel is a metaphor for the desert—and planted with perennials.

More to Come

There were so many more gardens—inspired by water conservation, the night sky, memory loss and reflection, the centenary of World War I, the recovery of injured soldiers, and more. I'll highlight the Night Sky Garden in my next installent!

There were also thought-provoking exhibitions. One was called the “Butterfly Effect”—about butterflies and the crucial role that they play as pollinators. Another, called “Petals and Pests,” was about using petal color and flower barriers when planting crops to reduce pests and minimize insecticide use.  

So, which of the three gardens featured here is your favorite? Please vote below!

The Almanac Glorious Garden Tour!

As I'm writing about a garden tour, it seems quite timely to mention that The Old Farmer's Almanac is planning its first garden tour in June of 2015! Who better than the Almanac to take you to some truly extraordinary gardens within the United States? Click here to see the Glorious Garden Tour itinerary
 

~ By  Catherine Boeckmann

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I love plants and gardening.

I love plants and gardening. I need more concept on this. I am really happy to see these pictures. They gave me inspiration to grow

Love the Paradise Garden

Love the Paradise Garden (#3)! Unique!

I can **hear** "The M&G

I can **hear** "The M&G Paradise Garden". The splashing fountain spoke
to me; I sat & listened. "Paradise" seduced me, winning my vote.

I really like the M&G

I really like the M&G Paradise Garden and all its symbolism.

I loved the Laurent-Perrier

I loved the Laurent-Perrier Garden. So crisp, clean and green.

The M & G Paradise Garden,

The M & G Paradise Garden, looks more relaxed to me. The others are great looking but a bit formal for me. They are all great, but the 3rd one works best for me.

The M&G Paradise Garden has

The M&G Paradise Garden has my vote, love the fountain and random placing of flowers/plants.

I love the M&G Paradise

I love the M&G Paradise Garden! It's beautiful!

I love garden #2, The

I love garden #2, The Telegraph Garden. It looks so calm and peaceful to sit out in and enjoy nature.

I love garden #2! Looks so

I love garden #2! Looks so calm and peaceful to sit out in and enjoy nature.

For me I would have to say

For me I would have to say No.2, I would be much more relaxed in this Garden, It's just more me. no.1 is way too formal for me. no.3 feels messy, it clutters my mind instead of clearing it & making me feel relaxed.

“The M&G Paradise Garden” was

“The M&G Paradise Garden” was my favorite.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

#3 the M&G Paradise Garden,

#3 the M&G Paradise Garden, love tge symbolism and less ordered feel

The M&G Paradise Garden. The

The M&G Paradise Garden. The plantings seem more random, as in nature.

The M&G garden

The M&G garden

The Laurant-Pierre garden is

The Laurant-Pierre garden is stunning! It looks so inviting.

#2 The telegraph garden has

#2 The telegraph garden has my vote.

3. “The M&G Paradise Garden”

3. “The M&G Paradise Garden”

The Laurent-Perrier garden,

The Laurent-Perrier garden, stunning!

the telegraph garden is my

the telegraph garden is my favorite...that's where I would want to go to escape the madness

The The Telegraph Garden

The The Telegraph Garden looks so cozy and inviting.

The The Telegraph Garden

The The Telegraph Garden looks so cozy and inviting.

The The Telegraph Garden

The The Telegraph Garden looks so cozy and inviting.

“The Telegraph Garden” is my

“The Telegraph Garden” is my favorite!

M&d garden is my vote....

M&d garden is my vote.... Lovely!!!!

I vote the M&G Paradise

I vote the M&G Paradise Garden.

The Telegraph Garden was my

The Telegraph Garden was my favorite.

The M&G Paradise Garden is my

The M&G Paradise Garden is my favorite. It is inspiring and I like its symbolism. It makes me want to try it in our summer heat.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden. The lines are beautiful and soothing to the mind, and the pool adds a relaxed feel.

While I like some things in

While I like some things in each garden, the "Telegraph Garden" makes me think I would be comfortable in it.

M & G is my favorite! I would

M & G is my favorite! I would like to be there right now.

I vote the M&G Paradise

I vote the M&G Paradise Garden. The flowers and fountain are beautiful.

The Laurent-Perrier

The Laurent-Perrier Garden....#1 Love the Lupine!

The Telegraph Garden is my

The Telegraph Garden is my favorite, although I love the other two as well.

The Telegraph Garden evokes a

The Telegraph Garden evokes a sense of calming order within its confines...what a Welcome respite!

I can imagine myself reading

I can imagine myself reading a book and enjoying being outside in the Telegraph Garden

The Telegraph Garden is my

The Telegraph Garden is my favorite Looks cool and inviting.

Laurent-Perrier...it has a

Laurent-Perrier...it has a feeling of tranquility about it. Beautiful.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden is

The Laurent-Perrier Garden is my favorite.

“The Laurent-Perrier

“The Laurent-Perrier Garden”
I like the simple non-cluttered aspects of this garden. Also the trees and shrubs are really nice. And I LOVE that rock!

I love the M&G Paradise

I love the M&G Paradise Garden, it feels very inviting to me. I am not very fond of a lot of "structure", I like the free flowing feel.

Number 3. I would love to

Number 3. I would love to have such a garden

My vote goes to garden #3.

My vote goes to garden #3. It stirs something in me, the water/desert feel, the pathway and the treasure of the fountain. Soul soothing.

Number 3

Number 3

I like the M&G Paradise

I like the M&G Paradise garden because of the variety of flowering plants.

The Telegraph Garden is my

The Telegraph Garden is my fav.

I love the “The Telegraph

I love the “The Telegraph Garden” the best. I love the way they have the trees set as a canopy to lounge under. Very beautiful!

I could enjoy The Telegraph

I could enjoy The Telegraph Garden, it looks peaceful and very inviting, you could enjoy entertaining or just having quiet time for yourself

Definitely #1, The

Definitely #1, The Laurent-perrier. I'm a fan of the style of water feature. :)

The M&G Paradise Garden has

The M&G Paradise Garden has my vote

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Telegraph garden. It has

The Telegraph garden.
It has the perfect blend, looks cool & inviting!

Number One

Number One

The first one --

The first one -- Laurent-Perrier -- it reminded me of a section of the grounds at an abbey which I adored when we were living in Europe -- and such peace seems to be presented in the photos. So Number One gets my vote.

The telegraph

The telegraph garden.......perfection!

#3

#3

The M&G Paradise Garden is my

The M&G Paradise Garden is my favorite. I love the features of shade, water and food. And the representation of earth, air, water and fire. It's just such a unique way to use all those elements to portray the Garden of Eden without it being all floral. I just love it.

I love them all but I would

I love them all but I would have to say #2 The Telegraph Garden grabbed me the most. That would be my vote.

M&gparadise garden. Gorgeous

M&gparadise garden. Gorgeous

M&g paradise garden. Gorgeous

M&g paradise garden. Gorgeous

“The Telegraph Garden” is my

“The Telegraph Garden” is my Favorite!! :D

I vote for #2 the "Telegraph

I vote for #2 the "Telegraph Garden". It looks like a place I could feel comfortable in.

Number 3. Is my favorite.

Number 3. Is my favorite. It's magical.

Love the paradise

Love the paradise garden...great for the desert.

I prefer the Paradise

I prefer the Paradise garden. I love more eclectic, natural looking gardens to attract birds and wildlife. I do not like stiff, formal garden settings. This one invites you to sit down and experience the sights and sounds of nature.

Love the M & G Paradise

Love the M & G Paradise Garden! I could see sitting there and reading a book and enjoying the birds and butterflies!

#1 was my favorite

#1 was my favorite

I love #2. Telegraph. I love

I love #2. Telegraph. I love the shaded tree area.

The M&G Paradise Garden. It

The M&G Paradise Garden. It has a natural flow about it & looks peaceful & inviting. :~)

I just love the Telegraph

I just love the Telegraph Garden with that wonderful shaded seating area. and just so cute like a cottage garden

I vote for the M & G Paradise

I vote for the M & G Paradise garden. It is more my style with an informal, cottage garden design.

While I love the

While I love the Laurent-Perrier garden, I think that I love the Telegraph Garden even more! It's hard to tell from just three pics!

I vote for the M&G Paradise,

I vote for the M&G Paradise, it is more my style with an informal, cottage garden design.

“The Telegraph Garden” My

“The Telegraph Garden”

My vote is for “The Telegraph Garden”.

I love the lemon and lime trees, and everything in this garden. Looking at this garden actually makes my mouth water. It is beautiful.

I like Tasha Tudor's garden!!

I like Tasha Tudor's garden!! But of these three, #1 L-P I love to see height and color and that natural wood piece is gorgeous!

I love the zen quality of the

I love the zen quality of the Laurent-Perrier garden.

I thought all were beautiful

I thought all were beautiful but my favorite was number 3. It is very symbolic and looks relaxing and serene.

I love the Telegraph Garden -

I love the Telegraph Garden - I could stay there for hours. The combination of lush sunny area and shaded area for sitting suits me to a "tea". I also can't resist a healthy potted citrus.

“The Telegraph Garden” is my

“The Telegraph Garden” is my favorite! To personally enjoy and relax but I can also see lots of conversations and communications taking place between those who take time to relax here! Thus, the name “The Telegraph Garden” is very appropriate!

The Paradise garden is my

The Paradise garden is my favorite. Love the natural-ness of it.

I love the “The

I love the “The Laurent-Perrier Garden” garden. I absolutely love the water feature/pool - it creates such an amazing atmosphere of serenity and peace. I would love to meditate there!

The Laurent -Perrier Garden

The Laurent -Perrier Garden is a place I'd like to be surrounded by. Beautiful and peaceful. Love the cedar sculpture.

I like the covered area of #2

I like the covered area of #2 and the diversity of #3, but #1 gets my vote. I love the contrast of the beautiful water feature and look of xeriscape in the same location.

I just love the “The

I just love the “The Laurent-Perrier Garden”. I love the water feature/pool - it creates the atmosphere of serenity and calm. I would love to meditate there!

The telegraph garden is so

The telegraph garden is so lush and happy it makes me smile

Telegraph!

Telegraph!

They are all gorgeous, but I

They are all gorgeous, but I do prefer #3, with the fountain and colors. Looks very relaxing. Very natural looking which is what I prefer.

I like them all but the M&G

I like them all but the M&G Paradise Garden is my favorite.

#1..The Laurent-Perrier

#1..The Laurent-Perrier garden..Beautiful classic lines..

Number 2 "The Telegraph

Number 2 "The Telegraph Garden"
The lemon trees are relaxing and refreshing.

I would vote for the

I would vote for the Telegraph Garden, though there aspects of both of the other gardens that I like as well.

#3

#3

My favorite was all of them

My favorite was all of them they all had their unique designs but yhe one that stood out the most was The M&G Paradise garden love all the colors ,

The Telegraph Garden is my

The Telegraph Garden is my favorite!

#3

#3

I like #3 m&g paradise

I like #3 m&g paradise garden. Just down to earth look.

#3

#3

M&G Paradise garden

M&G Paradise garden

I vote for the M&G Paradise

I vote for the M&G Paradise Garden.

“The Telegraph Garden."

“The Telegraph Garden."

All are beautiful but #2 is

All are beautiful but #2 is my favorite. So peaceful.

Of these 3, my favorite is

Of these 3, my favorite is the Laurent-Perrier garden - stunning!

The Paradise Garden is my

The Paradise Garden is my favorite because it contains all the elements of life

The M&G Paradise Garden!

The M&G Paradise Garden!

1. “The Laurent-Perrier

1. “The Laurent-Perrier Garden” is my preferred choice. Relaxing, soothing and zen-like. Just fabulous.

All the gardens are nice,

All the gardens are nice, however I like the "Telegraph Garden" ,this was more appealing to me... So fresh and serene!

I love the telegraph garden

I love the telegraph garden and would love to sit under the lime tree canopy sipping a tall iced tea, relax and enjoy looking around that garden at length!

Loved the Paradise Garden

Loved the Paradise Garden because it contains all the elements of life

The M&G Paradise garden!

The M&G Paradise garden!

Paradise Garden #3

Paradise Garden #3 definitely!!!

They were all nice , but I

They were all nice , but I prefer 3. “The M&G Paradise Garden”
It seems like a more natural setting and seemed to have more natural variety

LOVE the 1st one! “The

LOVE the 1st one! “The Laurent-Perrier Garden” gets my vote.. it's so peaceful, zen looking. :)

The telegraph garden.

The telegraph garden.

I like the first one best,

I like the first one best, the Laurent-Perrier Garden. I love yellow lupine, and this just looks so relaxing. I would love to sit and dabble my feet quietly in the pool and just feel all the stresses run out my toes!

Paradise Garden. All are

Paradise Garden. All are beautiful, bit I love the colors and would love to relax here.

Telegraph Garden, made for

Telegraph Garden, made for relaxing, visiting and enjoying by yourself or with family and friends.

The Telegraph Garden. It is

The Telegraph Garden. It is quite relaxing looking with just enough flash of color. This would be something I want for my home.

My choice is the Paradise

My choice is the Paradise Garden #3. The other two are beautiful, but the Paradise Garden has a charm they lack. Please continue to post more photos.

All three were choice

All three were choice examples but I preferred the 2nd one. It is warm and welcoming and a lovely, relaxing design to entice a quiet evening at home.

I like“The Telegraph Garden”

I like“The Telegraph Garden”
Inviting for guest, Enchanting for all visitors!

The Telegraph Garden gets my

The Telegraph Garden gets my vote. I'd love to sit under the lime tree canopy and just soak in the tranquility. Peaceful and inviting.

The Telegraph Garden Is the

The Telegraph Garden Is the one that I like best.

The Telegraph garden and the

The Telegraph garden and the blue iris.

I really like the Telegraph

I really like the Telegraph Garden. It looks so comfortable and inviting.

Love them all but #3 gets my

Love them all but #3 gets my vote. Please continue to post your pictures.

All very beautiful but the

All very beautiful but the M&G Paradise garden is my favorite. Please continue to post your pictures. I've always wanted to attend that show.

It's so hard to decide

It's so hard to decide because each gardan has some unique characteristics that appeal to me. However, overall I think the Telegraph Garden best suits me. It offers lush greenery, eye-pleasing splashes of color, and a wide spectrum of light, from deep, relaxing shade to soul-warming bright sun. Makes me want to retire!

The Telegraph Garden invites

The Telegraph Garden invites me to lounge... linger... relax... reflect... investigate the nooks & crannies. Perhaps it's because it reminds me of my childhood home, while not nearly so formal and elaborate, Mom's garden was equally as inviting and fascinating!

I like the paradise

I like the paradise garden..the others are so formal..too much concrete and lawn...I would like to see more natural features...the paradise garden was the one I would relax in! Can't wait to see the bee gardens, etc.

I like the Laurent-Perrier

I like the Laurent-Perrier Garden. It is so serene and peaceful looking with the "gazing pond".

The M&G garden is my favorite

The M&G garden is my favorite due to the plant color selection and variety. It held my interest and made me want to wander to see more.

I love the M&G Paradise

I love the M&G Paradise garden. I've never really liked the more formal gardens, this one was much more to my tastes.

The Telegraph Garden is my

The Telegraph Garden is my choice. I am so impressed with the "lime tree canopy". I will have to vote for Number Two!

How inviting! I will have to

How inviting! I will have to go with the Telegraph Garden. Made me want to sit among it with friends enjoy a glass of tea.

Love the M & G Paradise

Love the M & G Paradise Garden!

“The Telegraph Garden” is my

“The Telegraph Garden” is my favorite!

Favorite is Telegraph Garden

Favorite is Telegraph Garden

I vote for 3. “The M&G

I vote for 3. “The M&G Paradise Garden”. peaceful and relaxing.....

The M&G Paradise Garden

The M&G Paradise Garden

I love the overall natural effect of this garden compared to the other two. Gives you more of a feeling of being one with nature, which to me is the whole purpose of a garden. To step away from your busy life and enjoy what nature has to offer freely.

Of these, Paradise Garden. I

Of these, Paradise Garden. I hope you also saw the "Beauty Sleeping" Woodland Trust garden.

The M&G Paradise Garden.

The M&G Paradise Garden.

This was the most appealing to me. I think because it had all the elements it did, it felt more complete to me.

I love the Laurent-Perrier

I love the Laurent-Perrier Garden. Relaxing, beautiful pool and the lupines are gorgeous.

M&G Paradise. While the other

M&G Paradise. While the other two are also beautiful, they lack the calming & restful appeal, there are too many sharp lines.

I love #2, the Telegraph

I love #2, the Telegraph Garden!

I love the the M&G Paradise

I love the the M&G Paradise garden--it's the most natural-looking.

All of these gardens are

All of these gardens are truely impressive but my vote goes to the M&G Paradise Garden. Not only is it aesthecitally beautiful but the symbolism is fascinating. It is reminescent of the Garden of Eden!

The Telegraph Garden, so

The Telegraph Garden, so beautiful!

#3 Food~ comfort & beauty!

#3 Food~ comfort & beauty! What more do we need?

Garden # 1. Cool calm

Garden # 1. Cool calm collective....

I like the M&G Paradise

I like the M&G Paradise garden best. It looks like a place I would enjoy spending lots of time in.

My favorite is the Telegraph

My favorite is the Telegraph Garden. I would love to sit there reading and taking in all of the different smells an scents.

The Telegraph Garden is my

The Telegraph Garden is my favorite. I would love to relax there and spend the day reading while inhaling all the different scents and enjoying the peace and quiet it projects..

Number on is nice, but too

Number on is nice, but too formal for me. No 2 “The Telegraph Garden” is more my style. It has a lush yet cozy feel by using more subdued "cooler" colours.

The paradise garden-lots of

The paradise garden-lots of color. plus water.

Paradise Garden!!! The

Paradise Garden!!! The fostering of food, wind in the swaying grasses and flung water, the fire/sun warmed stones = an inspiration to our connectedness to this globe beneath us, and the infinite consciouness above us. Thank you for sharing.

I live in a semi-arid area

I live in a semi-arid area where water is worth more than gold and not to be allowed to evaporate into thin air. So my favorite is the Telegraph Garden.

I'd vote for the M&G paradise

I'd vote for the M&G paradise garden. Not so prim and proper, lots of color and variety, and would be relaxing to sit in.

The Telegraph Garden is my

The Telegraph Garden is my favorite; although I would love to spend time in any of them!

The Telegraph Garden appeals

The Telegraph Garden appeals to my sense of style. It is formal yet because of the species of plants has a certain wild quality. A mix of order and relaxation.

I love the Telegraph garden.

I love the Telegraph garden. I could while away a lot of time there given the chance.

The Telegraph Garden got me

The Telegraph Garden got me with the lemons and the iris. Iris brings back so many memories. And this garden is relaxed and less formal. I could see reading a good book here.

#3. The M&G Paradise Garden.

#3. The M&G Paradise Garden. Just enough of everything!

My vote goes to the paradise

My vote goes to the paradise garden. Very interesting! Lots of different textures.

The M&G Paradise Garden.

The M&G Paradise Garden.

It is the Telegraph Garden

It is the Telegraph Garden for me. Just looking at the pictures was enough to inspire a deep, relaxing breath! I wish I good relax there too.

I absolutely love the

I absolutely love the Telegraph Garden! It's so tailored and soothing.

“The Telegraph Garden” It has

“The Telegraph Garden”
It has a warmth and inviting-ness that the others are lacking.

My favorite is #2 “The

My favorite is #2 “The Telegraph Garden”

My favorite is the Telegraph

My favorite is the Telegraph garden.

All three are lovely--and

All three are lovely--and when one considers how difficult it must be to create them in a transitional setting, one finds them stunning. My fave is Telegraph Garden--lots of green, places to sit and enjoy, lots of shade. Gorgeous!

My vote is for the

My vote is for the Laurent-Perrier garden. The furniture in the Telegraph Garden isn't doing it for me. And the M&G Garden has too much gray in it.

The "Telegraph Garden" is my

The "Telegraph Garden" is my favorite.

Definitely the

Definitely the Laurent-Perrier Garden. Love the lack of clutter and the water feature. Pull me up a chair!

The Paradise Garden is my

The Paradise Garden is my pick- breathtaking!

It is close but I pick the

It is close but I pick the M&G Paradise one.

Difficult choice, but I

Difficult choice, but I finally settled on the Telegraph Garden. They are all just lovely.

The Paradise Garden. The

The Paradise Garden. The effect of the formality of the layout contrasted with the looseness of the perennials growing along and IN the paths truly gives a sense of humankind's inability to truly master nature. We must live with it and allow for its unpredictability. The fountain is icing on the cake.

I like The M&G Paradise

I like The M&G Paradise Garden. It seems less formal which to me is more inviting to come into the garden and enjoy!

I love the Telegraph Garden

I love the Telegraph Garden for the Iris'

I think the Telegraph garden

I think the Telegraph garden is my favorite, mostly for that shaded sitting area. The lemons are a nice touch, wish I could grow them in NH.

I love the Telegraph Garden.

I love the Telegraph Garden. It's so crisp and clean and I love the sitting area under the trees.

“The Telegraph Garden” is my

“The Telegraph Garden” is my favorite. I like that has symmetry without appearing stuffy/formal. It looks organized, yet inviting, peaceful & functional.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden #1

The Laurent-Perrier Garden #1 gets my vote!!! WOW!!!!! It just sets itself apart from all the others pictured.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Laurent-Perrier Garden definitely! It's tranquil and calming. I love the "stream" that runs through. What a great place to relax.

I love the "zen" quality to

I love the "zen" quality to the look and know that for me, this would be a very peaceful place.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Laurent-Perrier Garden gets my vote. I'd love to spend a lazy day reading in this garden!

These days, I like to have a

These days, I like to have a nice place to sit and relax, I also like a nice area to be with my grandson on the ground. So my favorite of the three is the telegraph garden. I like that there are lemons and limes.

My vote goes to #3! The

My vote goes to #3! The sound of flowing water is very soothing.

Paradise Garden. It appealed

Paradise Garden. It appealed to my sense of Natural and Real.

I vote for the last one - it

I vote for the last one - it appealed to me most.

I loved them all but my very

I loved them all but my very favorite is the Laurent-Perrier Garden....the first one!

I've been to a few garden

I've been to a few garden shows, but the wow factor is right on. Even though I personally like a wildflower patch, I can appreciate a fancy show with formal gardens--just like my home is not a castle. I vote for the first one with its killer lupines. It is impeccable.

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