Places to visit

Rec­om­mended gar­dens to visit in Ja­pan and an ex­otic gar­den closer to home

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In Plantsman’s Favourites -

Novem­ber is one of the eas­ier months in the cal­en­dar to es­cape the gar­den and ex­plore other gar­dens over­seas, and Ja­pan of­fers some of the most ex­quis­ite. The Daitoku-ji tem­ple com­plex is one of the finest. It is more a col­la­tion of small, sub-tem­ple gar­dens – 22 to be pre­cise – and the at­ten­tion to de­tail, the use of ma­te­ri­als and man­age­ment of small spa­ces is se­cond to none. If you go in Novem­ber be sure to visit Obai-in, one of the sub-tem­ples and one of Ja­pan’s finest gar­dens, which is only open each year for a lim­ited pe­riod in Novem­ber. The com­plex also in­cludes the no­table Daisen-in tem­ple, home to an­other un­miss­able gar­den. 53 Murasakino Daitoku­ji­cho, Kita Ward, Ky­oto, 603-8231

Ja­pan. Tel +81 (0)75 491 0019, japane­segar­dens.jp/ gar­dens/fa­mous/daitoku-jiand-daisen-in.php

If you are lucky enough to be vis­it­ing Ja­pan this month then you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the Chrysan­the­mum Fes­ti­val (1-23 Novem­ber) at UNESCO World Her­itage Site Sen­gan-en, where you can see 15,000 chrysan­the­mum blooms against the back­drop of the ac­tive vol­cano Saku­ra­jima. 9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima City, 892-0871 Ja­pan. Tel +81 (0)99 247 1551, sen­ga­nen.jp

Closer to home Tre­bah, on the south­ern slopes of the Helford es­tu­ary, will be thriv­ing in the warmer Cor­nish au­tumn. It has a won­der­ful col­lec­tion of ex­otics, palms, gin­gers and hardy bromeli­ads – many of which are found nowhere else in the UK out­side these mild Cor­nish gar­dens. The milder weather also means au­tumn colour forms a lit­tle later here and, although it is close to the sea, it lies in a shel­tered val­ley that makes the most won­der­ful cli­mate for plants and peo­ple. Tre­bah Gar­den, Maw­nan Smith, nr Fal­mouth, Corn­wall TR11 5JZ. Tel 01326 252200, tre­bah­gar­den.co.uk

Chrysan­the­mum Fes­ti­val.

Tre­bah Gar­den.

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