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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Italianate Gardens: Something For The Weekend!

Beautiful UK Landscaped Gardens Flowers and PillarsAbove all else, the topic I mention most often on A Glass Of Ice is gardens.  Landscaped, traditional, oriental - any type at all!  A couple of my favourite experiences include the gardens at Hever Castle and Blenheim Palace.  With so many open to the public in the UK (often via small entry fee or suggested donation for their ongoing upkeep), it makes sense to fill a weekend here and there with blooms and follies.  In my opinion, Italianate gardens are the Creme de la Creme of what's on offer, with many of them hiding temples and other treats behind formal hedging and columns.  Though, what exactly makes them so special?
Balcony seating area ideal for morning coffee
Beautiful landscaped UK gardens with pillarsI've always been drawn to classic design when it comes to architecture and gardens.  And lately, I've come to realise I'm definitely not alone - there's a lot of us out there who appreciate the elegance of columns, statuary and ornate stonework!  The beauty of Italianate gardens can be found in how they combine the two: architecture and gardens.  With this in mind, there are hundreds of reasons as to why spending time in one at a weekend (and at any time of year) is a good choice.  First and foremost, they're ideal for wandering through alone; be it with something on your mind, or with a list/plan that needs finishing, tucked into a quiet corner somewhere. Equally, Italianate gardens can make great meeting points for catching up with friends, meeting a large group of family, or even getting to know someone on a date...
Casual smart outfit for visiting formal gardens
Beautiful white flowers surrounding pillars
The Italian-influenced romantic architecture tends to lend itself to photoshoots, particularly outfit shoots (heeey bloggers) - though be sure to ask permission first if you're visiting a private garden!  You'll often see people walking around with a DSLR around their neck, as many Italianate gardens can and do attract amateur photographers of all ages, thanks to the mass of photo opportunities.  Learning your craft?  Italianate gardens are filled with unusual flowers and stunning features to practice on.  Think along the lines of: symmetrical topiary, dramatic water displays and bold statuary.
Iford manor gardens in the summertime
Most beautiful gardens to visit in Bradford-upon-Avon
With a Bank Holiday Weekend approaching, now is the time to track down an Italian influenced garden near you!  Speaking of which, how do you feel about Italianate gardens?  As always, hugely looking forward to reading your thoughts!

Iford Manor & Gardens
Iford
Bradford-upon-Avon
BA15 2BA

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Oh there are so many lovely gardens in your part of the world!! These photos are lovely.
    Hope you're enjoying the last few moments of summer!
    Lyndi

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  2. So much garden lust almost every time I visit your blog! I can definitely appreciate a column here & there haha Lucky my partner is a landscaper. I’ve got plenty of ideas for gardens now, from you haha

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  3. I understand the love because I also share a fascination with gardens :) There is so much one can enjoy and appreciate in them and they can be such an ideal spot for picnics if permitted as well. Italianate gardens are one of my favorite styles. We do have some in NYC but most are more simple in style. I'm very fortunate to live in a complex with a garden downstairs which I love to hang out in. And how lucky are you to have so many fabulous gardens to visit Gabrielle!

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  4. These Italianate gardens are absolutely beautiful Gabrielle! I agree that it's the combination of architecture and flowers that make them so appealing. You are looking are gorgeous as ever too.

    Rachel xx
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  5. Hehe you do always find the prettiest gardens! I love your coral top and your hair is just amazing!

    Tina
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  6. The gardens are absolutely gorgeous! Seriously love your photographs xx

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  7. I love the looks of these gardens! Italian style gardens are some of my favourites. We're so lucky to have one nearby. Unfortunately, they're really not cheap to get into but we got an annual pass using Tesco clubcard vouchers so we can have lots of nice walks and take plenty of photos for the year! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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  8. This place looks gorgeous, I need to make more time at weekends to do relaxing things like this - I spend far too much time doing DIY and house jobs!
    Amy xx
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  9. This place is just wow! I love the photos, your outfit is stunning!
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

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  10. Wow this is a fantastic garden! Stunning pictures ;) (and also very nice outfit!)

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  11. This garden is so beautiful !
    I always love to look at your beautiful pictures of fantastic garden.
    xx,
    Margot
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  12. What an elegant look and the backdrop is lovely too. Greetings.

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  13. This garden is seriously stunning!! Wish we had something like this where I live!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  14. You are definitely not alone in liking classic designs, it's the same reason why I am often attracted to castles too.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  15. Chic and casual as always! Love the bag and shoes!



    xoxo
    ayu

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  16. Firstly you look stunning Gabrielle, your outfit is really flattering and especially love your top, sunglasses and bag, really very classy.

    These Italianate gardens are so picturesque and look ever so dreamy! The perfect place to explore on a sunny day -we need more of these in England!

    Beautiful photographs of such a pretty location!

    Lots of love,

    Laura xo
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  17. Ahh! I love gardens and I can easily spend a day just wandering around and admiring all the trees and plants. But sadly, there aren't many in London and the parks are so crowded that it's anything but peaceful. Also, so glad to have discovered your blog. Such a breath of fresh air!

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  18. You look super tall, Gab. Maybe you are! Love your gorgeous smile and style.
    Thanks for sharing these pretty photos!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Much love, Len
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    XO

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  19. That place looks so lovely! I just want to go there and take photos :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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  20. Amazing bag i loved!
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  21. The gardens sounds so so dreamy though and definitely an adventure for a weekend! The photos are gorgeous and I love how your blouse kind of matches the flowers. Adorable! Xx

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  22. I always admire the beauty and landscape of the gardens you feature on your blog and this one is no exception, absolutely gorgeous! We don't have many gardens around the NYC area here in the states, though we have the popular Botanical Gardens, which I've yet to visit, but plan on doing so in a couple of months with my little. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  23. Such a gorgeous location! Love the bright top with the dark pants, beautiful!

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  24. I really can't blame you for loving gardens so much. Italianate gardens look like dreamy little day-long getaways. I've really been living my Italianate garden life through you this Summer lol.

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  25. Those gardens are so dreamy!!! Like a fairy tale!

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  26. What a gorgeous place, with an even more gorgeous lady on the foreground. Your top is really cute, as well as your hair! Nice photos babe!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  27. This post took my breath away. Seriously, these photos are absolutely stunning. The setting looks so serene, like straight out of a painting. You look GORGEOUS like always <3

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  28. Oh my gosh! That place looks absolutely INCREDIBLE!!!!! That's such a stunning location!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  29. Beautiful photos and love the outfit x

    Laura
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  30. Another stunning location with great architecture, you are not alone, I really enjoy your pictures. You manage to capture the best of any corner. I've never been to any Italian gardens, although I've been few times to Italy but I guess all I did was to eat haha

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  31. Love your pics, so pretty!!
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    Have a wonderful day :-)
    Olivia

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  32. Such a beautiful garden! Gemma xx
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  33. Wow! this place is so lovely! Thank you for sharing!!

    xx Leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

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  34. These gardens are just gorgeous!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  35. What a beautiful place! I could spend a whole day there!
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | DIY & Lifestyle Blog

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  36. This place looks naturally beautiful ! Love all the photos and you look gorgeous, Gabrielle.
    xoxo
    Liza
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  37. I can tell you like classic designed architecture and gardens. I spent the last few days in LA, there are a lot of modern homes, I like it but I like the more classic styles also. You look adorable in your cardigan

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  38. Beautiful!!!

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  39. Beautiful photos! Your hair is so long and lush also!

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  40. The place looks so incredible, definitely a place i wish i could spend my weekends. Great post as usual. x

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  41. Oh what a beautiful garden to explore! I don't think we have anything like this in Brisbane, with all of the droughts! We have the botanical gardens I guess but they don't really have pretty architecture too.

    That pink cardigan is a lovely colour on you as well :)

    Hope you are having a good week :)

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  42. This place looks so magical babe!!!

    Your shots are so lovely!!!

    X❤X❤,
    Dimito Michiyo

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  43. This place looks amazing! Great photos and you look beautiful! :)

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  44. I don't think I'll ever get over how beautiful and flawless your photography is xx

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  45. You always find the best locations, Gabrielle! I never think about gardens, but I come to your blog and immediately want to go visit one - or 87 ;) Loving those block heels you're wearing - perfect for a stroll, beautiful! xx

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  46. I love this place ;) Really Enchanting!

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  47. These are lovely gardens indeed. You've captured it perfectly. The landscaping is always one of my favourite things to view when visiting places like this. I have such an apreciation for gardens and structure around them because my grandfather was an architect and had a huge garden he beautified. x/Madison
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  48. Wow Gabrielle this place is amazing!! I love gardens too but we don't have many here so instead we visit parks but not as beautiful as this one! Have a lovely weekend! x

    Yiota
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  49. Wow, what beautiful pictures and amazing gardens too! We are truly spoiled in the UK for places like this!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  50. What a beautiful place! The garden is lovely... and you had such nice weather.

    ANOUK

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  51. Oh what I wouldn't give to be able to visit a place like that! Not many gardens like that here in Texas. Beautiful pictures!

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  52. I just loved these styles of gardens, there's something so romantic about them. You got some amazing photos, as always Gabrielle, and I love your outfit too! - Tasha

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  53. I love your shots of gardens, and this one is no exception, Gabrielle. I wish I were in the U.K. to have access to so many amazingly gorgeous and classic gardens. For now, I'll enjoy them vicariously - through you. ;)
    xo, janea
    theSTYLEtti

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  54. OMG these photos are beautiful, Gab! Seriously, you are such a doll. Gorgeous blonde hair and perfect figure.
    Have a fabulous weekend ahead!
    Much love, Len
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    XO

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  55. How nice would it be to have a picnic here amongst all the lovely flowers and architecture. I really wish I could visit
    Kiri
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  56. Every new place you feature on your blog is so stunning! Love the photography too, feels like I am there too somehow :-D Thanks for sharing!

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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  57. You always manage to shoot photos in the most beautiful locations Gabrielle! I've been thinking about my plans this Bank Holiday weekend and I really like the idea of taking the time to find some beautiful gardens to wander through alone with my thoughts - so peaceful! Have a great weekend! :)

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  58. I love Italianate gardens especially columns - there is something so Grand about them! I'd never thought about visiting gardens for a photography shoot - thank you for the inspiration Gabrielle and can I just say how much I adore your coral too?!! Xx

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  59. This place is so so lovely- very magical - You look stunning GAbrielle - like always xx

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  60. The gardens are gorgeous! They remind of those historical gardens in ancient literature. You are lucky that it is so accessible to you. I would love to get the chance to visit a garden like this. Most of the gardens here looks a bit 'artificial' to be honest.
    - Gretch of GG Memochou

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  61. What a magical place and at the same time quite apt for a romantic stroll :)

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  62. I cannot get over how pretty your photos are! It's just stunning and I'm loving your outfit too - it's elegant and perfect for this time of year! I love your top / cardigan.... where is that from? love the colour!

    I really hope you're well lovely and hope you're having a fab weekend! :)

    Layla xx
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    1. Thank you so much Layla, the cardigan is from L.K.Bennett. Have a lovely week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  63. These gardens look absolutely amazing and so beautiful. After visiting Huntington Gardens in LA earlier this year, I have also developed a love for visiting similar places and will definitely have to add this one to my list of places to go! :) x

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  64. Those gardens Gabrielle are so spectacular. That's what I love about Europe. You can just walk and walk through each and get magically lost in their beauty.
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  65. Oh, you are definitely not alone! I'm always fascinated by gardens, too, although I have to admit that personally I'm not really good gardner. But I watch gardens wherever I am and I love also the garden you show here. And your look is also fantastic!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  66. I am also fascinated by gardens. You presented us such a beautiful place again, perfect tip for getaways!

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  67. you look beautiful ! xx
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