World’s Most Expensive GardensColin Campbell-Preston
If you suffer a pang of envy when peering over the fence into the neighbour’s garden and see their orchids have come into a beautiful bloom or their brand new paving gleams in the evening light, imagine how the neighbours of the following gardens feel.
These five gardens are amongst the world’s most expensive gardens, basking in all their glory.
Ace of Diamonds
A 2010 entry to the Chelsea Flower Show, the Ace of Diamonds garden from renowned landscape gardener, David Domoney, was worth a staggering £20million. The bling-inspired garden features a range of gems, crystals and diamonds held within bell jars dotted around the plot. Some of the jewels were even hid amongst the paving and bushes of the garden.
Valued at roughly £5million, this West Sussex plot is one of Britain’s only Grade I listed gardens. Leonardslee Gardens provides a truly unique experience for all the senses, offering waterfalls, unique plant life in an English woodland setting with even forty wallabies who call the garden home. The gardens had been open to the public for over 100 years but have now been closed since an anonymous buyer bought the plot for £5million and chose to discontinue public access.
The wallabies became a popular sight for visitors to the gardens – but the marsupials also served a practical purpose, helping to keep the gardens free of weeds.
Kinabalu National Park Garden
The Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia is one of the few places on Earth where you’ll be able to find the Gold of Kinabalu Orchid. This hugely endangered flower is currently valued at £3,800 and can take 15 years to flower. This means the collection of the Orchids in the fenced-off garden in the Kinabalu garden makes it a very valuable and well-protected plot.
Owned, maintained and designed by ultra-wealthy opera singer and passionate horticulturalist, Ganna Walska, Lotusland offers truly unique plant life collections and landscapes. Despite being considered by some aficionados a lacklustre singer – Walska married a succession of wealthy husbands including a Russian Baron and the inventor of the death ray. Walska spent huge amounts of her money and dedicated the last 40 years of her life to creating the beautiful Lotusland. The gardens are now recognised as a public charity and only a limited number of visitors are allowed in at any one time.
Fulham Road Plot
Although at £120,000, this plot in London is considerably less pricey than other entries in this list, it is notable for its small size and lack of development. Measuring just 440 square feet, this garden sold for £3,000 per square metre. More than 100 different people came to view the plot, and the seller had no problem finding a buyer to meet the valuation.
Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Chris Parfitt (Hero), Leimenide (Leonardslee Garden), J Brew (Lotusland).