Chelsea Flower Show: Choose Your Favorite Garden

June 1, 2014

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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
 

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Catherine, our New Media Editor, joined The Old Farmer's Almanac in 2008. She edits content on both this Web site, Almanac.com, and the companion site to The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids publication, Almanac4kids.com. She also pens the Almanac Companion enewsletters and keeps up with readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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I love plants and gardening.

By Sonya L. Pearson on August 21

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

By Pat Maryniak

Love the Paradise Garden (#3)! Unique!

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

By Gail E

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

By Jessie Marie

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

I loved the Laurent-Perrier

By marlinda miller

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

The M & G Paradise Garden,

By Beth Kearley

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

By Stephanie K

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

I love the M&G Paradise

By Pamela Townsend

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

I love garden #2, The

By Connie Hites

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

By Connie Hites

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

For me I would have to say

By Phyllis Sue Hoekstra

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

By Reenee

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

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

By Jeffrey Neely

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

By Jeffrey Neely

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

#3 the M&G Paradise Garden,

By Lizz Beth

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

The M&G Paradise Garden. The

By Janice Stark

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

The M&G garden

By Jamie Haberkorn

The M&G garden

The Laurant-Pierre garden is

By Becky L

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

#2 The telegraph garden has

By Ross Remenak

#2 The telegraph garden has my vote.

3. “The M&G Paradise Garden”

By becky wollenslegel

3. “The M&G Paradise Garden”

The Laurent-Perrier garden,

By Chris s.

The Laurent-Perrier garden, stunning!

the telegraph garden is my

By nana fowler

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

The The Telegraph Garden

By Jeanne S

The The Telegraph Garden looks so cozy and inviting.

The The Telegraph Garden

By Jeanne S

The The Telegraph Garden looks so cozy and inviting.

The The Telegraph Garden

By Jeanne S

The The Telegraph Garden looks so cozy and inviting.

“The Telegraph Garden” is my

By Jeanne S

“The Telegraph Garden” is my favorite!

M&d garden is my vote....

By Sheryl y

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

I vote the M&G Paradise

By Kathleen Reeves

I vote the M&G Paradise Garden.

The Telegraph Garden was my

By Leslie Harig

The Telegraph Garden was my favorite.

The M&G Paradise Garden is my

By Lynn McDonald

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.

By Kristan

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

By Diana Adams

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

By Barbara Kuehner

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

I vote the M&G Paradise

By Melissa M. Clark

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

The Laurent-Perrier

By Donna Alden

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

The Telegraph Garden is my

By Kathi Marshall

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

The Telegraph Garden evokes a

By Lucinda Reiss

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

I can imagine myself reading

By Karen Merz

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

The Telegraph Garden is my

By Sandy Lawrence

The Telegraph Garden is my favorite Looks cool and inviting.

Laurent-Perrier...it has a

By Rani Macias

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

The Laurent-Perrier Garden is

By Elizabeth Engwall

The Laurent-Perrier Garden is my favorite.

“The Laurent-Perrier

By Cathy Liebgold

“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

By Jennifer Reynolds

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

By Kathleen Doss/Lloyd

Number 3. I would love to have such a garden

My vote goes to garden #3.

By Jill Tolby

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

By Michelle Corriveau

Number 3

I like the M&G Paradise

By Gail Springsteen

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

The Telegraph Garden is my

By Jennifer H

The Telegraph Garden is my fav.

I love the “The Telegraph

By Fee Roberts

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

By Pam Lee

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

By Jennifer Trombly

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

The M&G Paradise Garden has

By Gardening Sam

The M&G Paradise Garden has my vote

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

By Jerri Eubanks

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Telegraph garden. It has

By Pepper Benjamin

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

Number One

By Dorothy Randall

Number One

The first one --

By dorothy randall

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

By Kim blaskey

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

#3

By JB Coleman

#3

The M&G Paradise Garden is my

By Renee Schuhmacher

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

By Polly McKenna

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

By Beth manners

M&gparadise garden. Gorgeous

M&g paradise garden. Gorgeous

By Beth manners

M&g paradise garden. Gorgeous

“The Telegraph Garden” is my

By Kari Judd

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

I vote for #2 the "Telegraph

By Patsy Young

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

Number 3. Is my favorite.

By Cathi Turnbull

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

Love the paradise

By Cheryl Hunt-Black

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

I prefer the Paradise

By Patricia Serafino

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

By Emily A Skrypek

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

By J P Jenkins

#1 was my favorite

I love #2. Telegraph. I love

By Abbie Rosenberger

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

The M&G Paradise Garden. It

By Sagimoon

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

I just love the Telegraph

By cynthia roundtree

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

By Ann Fine

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

While I love the

By Regena McConnell

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,

By Ann Fine

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

“The Telegraph Garden” My

By sapphire star

“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!!

By Maureen M Burke

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

By Laura Elkins

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

I thought all were beautiful

By Phyllis DeShaney

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 -

By Olivia Bland

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

By Faye Inman

“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

By Barbara Asmussen

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

I love the “The

By Chris K.

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

By Helen Fontaine

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

By Vicki B.

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

By Christiane K.

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

By ChristyS

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

Telegraph!

By Terri Loy

Telegraph!

They are all gorgeous, but I

By Betty Snyder

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

By MJZ

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

#1..The Laurent-Perrier

By K Sirridge

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

Number 2 "The Telegraph

By Kristine Gambaiana

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

I would vote for the

By Louise Warren

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

#3

By Evelyn Christopherson

#3

My favorite was all of them

By Kathi Poole

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

By Donna Harrison

The Telegraph Garden is my favorite!

#3

By Evelyn Christopherson

#3

I like #3 m&g paradise

By william unangst

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

#3

By Margaret W.

#3

M&G Paradise garden

By Evelyn Christopherson

M&G Paradise garden

I vote for the M&G Paradise

By Miranda McCutchen

I vote for the M&G Paradise Garden.

“The Telegraph Garden."

By Sandy Scofield

“The Telegraph Garden."

All are beautiful but #2 is

By Sherie Kelly

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

Of these 3, my favorite is

By Ariana Cohen

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

The Paradise Garden is my

By sharon cavalier

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

The M&G Paradise Garden!

By Kathleen Willie

The M&G Paradise Garden!

1. “The Laurent-Perrier

By Kristen Slemons

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

All the gardens are nice,

By V Lapierre

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

By Karen Bolden

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

By sharon cavalier

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

The M&G Paradise garden!

By Kathleen Willie

The M&G Paradise garden!

Paradise Garden #3

By Shannon Workman

Paradise Garden #3 definitely!!!

They were all nice , but I

By susan brincefield

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

By jessy taylor

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

I like the first one best,

By Sue Gardner

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!

The telegraph garden.

By Judith Trout

The telegraph garden.

Paradise Garden. All are

By Jfields

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

Telegraph Garden, made for

By Marilyn Schneck

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

The Telegraph Garden. It is

By Sarah Read

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

By janet k

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

By Sally N

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”

By clay adams

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

The Telegraph Garden gets my

By Sharon W

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

By Hank Wolgast

The Telegraph Garden Is the one that I like best.

The Telegraph garden and the

By skowen

The Telegraph garden and the blue iris.

I really like the Telegraph

By Shirley S

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

Love them all but #3 gets my

By Deb Gordon

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

All very beautiful but the

By Deb Gordon

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

By FloBee

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

By Margi Houk

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

By Deborah M.

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

By deb rowley

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

The M&G garden is my favorite

By Melissa Waterman

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

By Elaine Aldous

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

By Rebecca Howell

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

By Charlene McCarthy

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

By Tamara Shurling

Love the M & G Paradise Garden!

“The Telegraph Garden” is my

By Susan Brown

“The Telegraph Garden” is my favorite!

Favorite is Telegraph Garden

By Charlene Theriot

Favorite is Telegraph Garden

I vote for 3. “The M&G

By Lorri Ralston Gangloff

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

The M&G Paradise Garden

By Tina Butler

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

By ~elen~

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

The M&G Paradise Garden.

By Cathy G Aronson

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

By Maura Phillips

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

M&G Paradise. While the other

By philipcarol1

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

By Pat Hockett

I love #2, the Telegraph Garden!

I love the the M&G Paradise

By Janel M.

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

All of these gardens are

By Tami K.

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

By Fairy Maiden

The Telegraph Garden, so beautiful!

#3 Food~ comfort & beauty!

By Betty Esparza

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

Garden # 1. Cool calm

By SUNNY. BRANTLEY

Garden # 1. Cool calm collective....

I like the M&G Paradise

By Corrine Stanley

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

By Barbara Riddle

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

By Barbara Riddle

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

By Min

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

By gail butler

The paradise garden-lots of color. plus water.

Paradise Garden!!! The

By Kris Hansen

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

By LINDA SHAFER

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

By Kamia T.

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

By Marygee

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

The Telegraph Garden appeals

By Barbara Vogel

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.

By Reta Smith

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

The Telegraph Garden got me

By sacker

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.

By Sherri Potts\

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

My vote goes to the paradise

By Saprina

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

The M&G Paradise Garden.

By Tina Wrubel

The M&G Paradise Garden.

It is the Telegraph Garden

By crbehrens

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

By Cynthia S

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

“The Telegraph Garden” It has

By S Gluchowski

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

My favorite is #2 “The

By J. T.

My favorite is #2 “The Telegraph Garden”

My favorite is the Telegraph

By Corlis Alexander

My favorite is the Telegraph garden.

All three are lovely--and

By Kris Bair

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

By Jorge Hills

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

By Teresa W

The "Telegraph Garden" is my favorite.

Definitely the

By Kathleen H. Carroll

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

The Paradise Garden is my

By Tara Doyle

The Paradise Garden is my pick- breathtaking!

It is close but I pick the

By Dorothy Roth

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

Difficult choice, but I

By dovecanyon

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

The Paradise Garden. The

By Helen Betz

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

By Jeff DeCoster

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

By SaraBunnell

I love the Telegraph Garden for the Iris'

I think the Telegraph garden

By Susan Magoon

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.

By Shannon Eacho

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

By Carolyn Dees

“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

By Michel Farlin

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

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

By teri

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

By D. Johnston

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

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

By Donna Fink

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

By Becky T.

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

By Cheryl Majeski

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

Paradise Garden. It appealed

By Marie Kelson

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

I vote for the last one - it

By Marie Kelson

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

I loved them all but my very

By Beth Fitzgerald

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

I've been to a few garden

By georgewilson

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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