5 Romantic Secret Gardens [VALENTINE SPECIAL]

If you haven’t thought of a gift for your loved one yet, don’t panic. Take them to visit a Secret Garden! What could be more romantic than discovering Secret Gardens on Valentines Day with a person close to your heart? Not to mention that it is unique, free and you don’t have to worry about it being booked! We have hand-picked the 5 most romantic Secret Gardens that we have discovered to aid you in your Valentine’s Weekend plans.

5: Padley Gorge River [GRINDLEFORD, UK]

If your significant other is a Lord of the Rings fan, take them on a trip to “The Shire, Middle Earth” (otherwise known as Padley Gorge River, Grindleford).

Location: Grindleford, UK  [MAP]
Designer: Unknown
Project Type: Natural Wonder, Riverside
Completion Date: Unknown
Visited: 16.06.2013
Access: Via nearest train station in Grindleford, UK; travel north from train station.


4: Netheredge Market [SHEFFIELD, UK]

Indulge your sweet-toothed loved one with handmade biscuits and cakes galore at Sheffield’s Netheredge Market.

Location: Netheredge, Sheffield, UK  [MAP]
Designer: Unknown
Project Type: Ephemeral
Completion Date: Ongoing
Visited: 23.06.2013
Access: On foot, head towards Hunters Bar Roundabout, take the exit for Junction Rd, which leads onto Kingfield Rd, take a right onto Union Rd, shortly followed by a left onto Machon Bank Rd. Walk down the road, there should be a Sainsburys on the right, the following road on the right is Netheredge. The ‘road closed’ signs and the crowds of people should give you a clue where to go!

Netheredge market

3: The Highline – It’s all in the Details [NEW YORK CITY, USA]

Take a seat, cuddle up and watch the world go by on the New York Highline.

Location: New York City, USA [MAP]
Designer: Field Operations, Diller Scofidio & Renfro and Piet Oudolf
Project Type: Public Garden, Industrial Landscape, Detail
Completion Date: 09.06.2009, the first section is opened, work is still ongoing.
Visited: 12.08.2013
Access: By foot – we recommend 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

2: Flowers in the City Series – Pt. 1 [PARIS, FRANCE]

Forget buying a bunch of flowers, walk down the Quai de la Megisserie and you will be engulfed by them!

Location: Quai de la Megisserie, Paris, France [MAP]
Designer: N/A
Project Type: Ephemeral, Street
Completion Date: N/A
Visited: 10.07.2012
Access: Walk along the ‘Quai de la Megisserie’


1: The Edge of Victoria Falls [LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA]

Standing on the edge of Victoria Falls is guaranteed to get your loved one’s heart beating!

Location: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia [MAP]
Designer: Unknown
Project Type: Natural Wonder, Riverside
Completion Date: Unknown
Visited: 28.08.2012
Access: Take a taxi or drive from the Livingstone airport .


If you think you know of a Secret Garden which is even more romantic than the edge of the Victoria Falls, let us know.



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