Top 5 Wintery Secret Gardens [XMAS SPECIAL]

Happy Christmas from The Secret Garden Atlas! To give you something to read after the post-christmas-present-opening blues and after the over-indulgement-lull, we have compiled a ‘Top 5 Wintery Secret Garden Special’, so you can start planning your first frosty adventure of 2014!

5: Coastal Walk View [Brighton, UK]

Location: Near Brighton, UK [MAP]
Designer: Unknown
Project Type: Coastal, Natural Wonder
Completion Date: N/A
Visited: 21.03.2013
Access: Via nearest town Peacehaven, UK; travel down to the seaside via the Undercliff Walk.

Contrast Beach 3

4: Treffry Viaduct [CORNWALL, UK]

Location: Par, Cornwall, UK [MAP]
Designer: Joseph Austen
Project Type: Industrial Landscape
Completion Date: 18441
Visited: 13.06.13
Access: There is car parking at the bottom of the valley at Ponts Mill which is just off the A390 road at Porcupine, or at the top of the valley just north of the Treffry Viaduct, where there is a junction. There are also many walks to the viaduct from St Blazey village and from Luxulyan railway station on the Newquay branch line.


3: Atocha Train Station [MADRID,SPAIN]

Location: Madrid, Spain [MAP]
Rafael Moneo
Project Type:
Industrial Landscape
Completion Date:
1992 approx.
Take a walk through Madrid’s train station

Madrid Train Station

2: The HighLine- It’s all in the Details [NEW YORK CITY, USA]

Location: New York City, USA [MAP]
Field Operations, Diller Scofidio & Renfro and Piet Oudolf
Project Type: 
Public Garden, Industrial Landscape, Detail
Completion Date:
09.06.2009, first section open, work is still ongoing for further sections.
By foot – SGA recommends starting at one end of the High Line, so that you don’t miss out on any of it, however there are staircases and lifts along the mile long stretch, so plenty of access opportunity.

Detail in the City - The High Line

1: Frosty Lake Michigan Walk [MILWAUKEE,USA]

Location: Near the Parking Lot off of N Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI, USA [MAP]
Designer: N/A
Project Type: Coastal, Ephemeral
Completion Date: N/A
Visited: 6.12.2013
Access: From a parking lot outside of Northpoint Custard. Show care when walking along the boulders.


Enjoy January at frozen Lake Michigan, on ‘The HighLine’ in snow-covered New York, in the warm tropical Atocha Train Station, among the industrial relics of Treffrey Viaduct, wrapped up warm on Brighton’s Coastal Walk or your own Secret Garden! If it is the latter why not tell us about it on our twitter page (@SecrtGardnAtlas)?



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