5 Places to Emulate in Your Backyard

Some of the most breathtaking places in the world can only be seen by boarding an international flight, or settling for downloading a photograph from the world wide web. But, what if we told you you could have those destinations accessible just by stepping outside your back door? It’s true, or, at the very least it’s our mission to make those dreams become as real as possible. Spring beckons nearer with each closing day, so in order to better fuel your creative landscaping ideas for this upcoming season, we’ve compiled a list of five places you might want to emulate in your new backyard landscape:

#1: Ludwigsburg Residential Palace (Ludwigsburg, Germany)

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace is one of the oldest, largest buildings in Europe from the Baroque period. It is well known for its elaborate historic architecture, garden, and reflections of the classical and neoclassical periods. Look closer and you’ll undoubted find lots of backyard landscaping inspiration here. 

#2: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, MI)

Open to the public in 1955, the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a blossoming non-profit creation. The creators’ commitment is to develop a legacy of lifelong learning, enjoyment, and a rich cultural experience for generations to come. Paul Burd, Alfresco’s owner, has designed for Frederik Meijer Gardens in the past. Have you been chasing after that perfect backyard waterfall design? Meijer Gardens might just be the destination to visit in order to spark some great backyard landscaping ideas!

#3: Keukenhof Gardens (Lisse, Netherlands)

Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s most extensive flower gardens. With over 7 million flowers blooming each spring, it is an unforgettable sight- a beautiful choice for a colorful backyard-scape. Are you looking to add a little more color to your backyard landscape?

#4: Oheka Castle (Long Island, NY)

This breathtaking property has literature and film legend embedded in its history. Oheka Castle was the inspiration for Gatsby’s estate in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, as well as the location for the film Citizen Kane. It now acts as a hotel. The symmetry throughout this famous backyard is undeniable, and perhaps just the minimalist touch your backyard landscape needs!

#5: Gardens and Park of the Chateau (Palace of Versailles, France)

A maze of vibrant green trees and pathways, the Gardens and Park of the Chateau is fit for royalty. The Palace has been the home of French kings for centuries, and the garden reflects the same regal style and allure of the building itself. While it might take a king’s salary to afford the constant manicuring this lawn may need, there are plenty of inspirational ideas to be pulled from this incredible backyard garden.