The Garden Path

Hacienda de Oro visitors' center and restaurant is at the heart of the gardens.
Orchids of Mexico are featured in the Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Ponds were created in the natural indentations of granite boulders — Abkhazi Garden.
The romantic story behind Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, BC, Canada
Governor’s Residence, an oasis of calm in busy Yangon.
A visit to the green haven surrounding the Victorian-era Governor’s Residence in Yangon, Myanmar
The Mud Maid in repose. Photo: Julian Stephens
The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England
The reflective lake in National Kandawgyi Gardens — Myanmar. Photos: Yvonne Horn

During Myanmar’s colonial-British era, Maymyo — named “May Town” after Colonel May, then in charge of the 5th Light Infantry of the Bengal Army — offered a cool “hillside station” retreat from lowland Mandalay’s oppressive summer heat. Horses, ridden or pulling carriages, provided transportation to an environment more than a little reminiscent of home.

When the Mandalay-to-Maymyo railway was completed a few years after the station’s 1896 founding, Maymyo became the Burmese...

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Sir Geoffrey standing near the green door to the Secret Seaside Gardens of Black
Touring the Secret Seaside Gardens of Blackpool Sands — Devon, England
Cornwall’s St. Michael’s Mount is almost a mirror image of Normandy’s Mont- St-M
St. Michael’s Mount, in the English Channel off of Cornwall
Valda Poletti and her husband, David Clarkson, brought wild New Zealand to their
Te Kainga Marire in New Plymouth on New Zealand’s 
North Island