These collections were individual gardens in a variety of styles. Interestingly, these gardens were not linked by a continuous path, but each was reached through a small "portal" area, which acted like a palette cleanser between one garden and the next.
|Google Earth view of the various gardens. The three "portals" are visible as walled circles (left, centre), and a hedged square (right). The circular "snail" towards the centre top is the entrance to the entire collection.|
|portal area to the Paradise Collection|
|panorama: Japanese Garden of Contemplation|
|view through a ceramic bamboo screen: Chinese Scholars Garden|
|the 1.4m long, 250kg, bronze Celestial Yuan of Taihu|
|view down to the Chinese Scholars Garden|
|a riot of spring colour in the Indian Char Bagh Garden|
|Italian Renaissance Garden|
Then it was off to the Fantasy Collection, through its circular portal.
|the Tudor Garden -- although it reminded me more of Portmeirion|
|pavilion: Chinoiserie Garden|
Finally, the Productive Collection, through its circular portal. This portal was rather interesting.
|Google Earth view of the portal: there seem to be strange curved lines running across it.|
|the portal from the ground, showing the various curves in closeup|
Finally, it was the Productive Collection.
|traditional Maori productive garden: Te Parapara Garden|
Then after dinner, the sky was dark, and clear again, so I went out to gawp at the alien stars. And tonight, it was even darker than yesterday, and I spotted both the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds! Perfect.