5 Gorgeous Garden Homes

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GREAT NECK, NEW YORKGREAT NECK, NEW YORK

One might imagine that three enormous residences on eight acres wouldn’t leave much room for the gardens. Not so at this palatial compound in Great Neck, New York — a stone’s throw from the city — where three magnificent fountains serve as the focal point of the bold private garden that gives structure to the sprawling property.

italy home gardenSAN CASCIANO IN VAL DI PESA, TUSCANY, ITALY

Dating back to the 13th century, this Chianti Classico Renaissance villa comes with history to spare. Once used as a girls’ convent, and more recently home to Dutch painter Karel Appel, the estate sits on 10 acres surrounded by tranquil countryside. Several gardens pepper the property, including the finely sculptured hedges shown above.

THE ABBOTSWOOD ESTATE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLANDTHE ABBOTSWOOD ESTATE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND

Ultimately, there’s nothing quite like a grand English garden. Where better to find one than deep in the English countryside? This traditional estate in Stow-on-the-Wold was rumored to have been bought by David and Victoria Beckham in 2015 (for about $38 million), but it remains on the market. The renowned gardens are just one highlight of the property’s 774 acres, which feature 13 farmhouses and cottages.

ESCARPMENT ESTATES, CALGARY, CANADAESCARPMENT ESTATES, CALGARY, CANADA

Not every property needs three massive fountains to announce itself. At this French Manor just east of the Canadian Rockies, designed by Arthur P. Fishman — more famous for his work on hotels, private jets and yachts — visitors are welcomed by an antique water fountain (shown) bought at auction in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The proper French gardens are no less impressive and feature hundreds of rose bushes and a year-round gazebo.

EMERALD LAKE ESTATE, MAGNOLIA, TEXASEMERALD LAKE ESTATE, MAGNOLIA, TEXAS

Texans aren’t known for their half measures, and this 185-acre private estate is no exception. While the Mediterranean-style main house is modest, at just 4,200 square feet, it’s the nine acres of Japanese gardens and seven acres of botanical gardens — with more than 5,000 azaleas — that make this property such an eye-catcher. The current owners are so proud of their gardens that they open up the property to local garden clubs for an annual “Azalea Walk” every spring.

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