Over the last few weeks I have found myself in India and China. I am leading a garden tour to visit these pretty amazing countries to visit some gardens and of course the main tourist icons.

One of the gardens that I have been most impressed with is the wonderful gardens that surround the Taj Mahal. The gardens are formal and of course are designed to draw the eye towards the amazing building beyond. Like many great gardens the story behind the garden is important.

This garden is divided into four as four is a lucky number to people of Islamic faith. Cypress trees are used to represent death and fruit trees in other parts of the garden are used to represent life.

Multiples of garden beds are used to add colour and to frame the view. The raised waterway has been designed to reflect the magic that is the Taj Mahal. The building is amazing and the gardens do play a support role to accentuate Taj Mahal.


In other parts of India we have seen some interesting gardens that ranged from poor and run down to really very beautiful. The courtyard of the maidens in Udaipur has lovely green shady gardens and uses water really very well. The ponds are full of water plants that I imagine would look spectacular with lotus blooms in Summer. Elsewhere statues and some colour highlight the culture and history of this part of Rajasthan.



I really organised this tour to see the country and people and it has certainly lived up to my expectations. Chaotic, intriguing, seething and yes, incredible!

Also find with this blog some photos of some amazing Dahlias we found growing in our Delhi hotel. Looking forward to getting back to our garden in the next few days…..

Have you come across something interesting? If so please let me know.

Brian Sams