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Members of the Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) were recently surveyed about their favorite spaces. Responses were varied and had many insightful comments and suggestions, which will be shared and discussed with everyone here over the next few months.

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Throughout the survey a few locations were consistently mentioned, with nearly all of the most popular responses located right here in the United States. But this week, we’re setting our sights farther afield: the best places to see abroad.

Looking beyond Italy and France, which were the most popular countries among the international responses and featured last issue, there were numerous favorite places located elsewhere, all around the world:

North and South America
•  Machu Picchu, Peru
•  Uvita, Costa Rica
•  Old Quebec, Canada
•  Quetico Provincial Park, Canada
•  Mount Royal Park, Montreal

Europe
•  Kew Gardens, England
•  Hidcote Manor Garden, England
•  Hyde Park, England
•  Sissinghurst Castle Garden, England
•  Studley Royal Park, England
•  The Alhambra, Spain
•  Park Güell, Spain
•  Barcelona’s waterfront, Spain
•  Alcázar Gardens, Spain
•  Lübeck’s marketplace, Germany
•  Santorini, Greece
•  Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
•  Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands
•  Piet Oudolf's nursery, the Netherlands
•  Jungfrau Mountain, Switzerland
•  Stockholm’s Woodland Cemetery, Sweden
•  Peterhof Palace Gardens, Russia

Asia
•  Great Wall of China
•  Xi Tian Di district of Shanghai
•  Shisen-do Temple, Japan
•  Taj Mahal, India

Australia and New Zealand
•  Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Australia
•  Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Starting to feel a little wanderlust yet? Let’s take a look at what makes a few of these places so remarkable.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, poet and writer Vita Sackville-West’s rose-filled retreat
“The simple pathway gives access to remarkable vistas, and rare, endangered plant communities can be found in abundance.”

The Alhambra, a centuries-old masterpiece of Islamic architecture set amidst stunning gardens
“Amazing use of water in an arid climate. Such a sense of history and strong design elements.”
“The Alhambra engages all the senses in a way that no other designed open space that I know of does. Listening to the loud rush of water flowing down the runnels flanking the wide entrance walk as we ascended the hill to the Alhambra complex is one of the most powerful landscape experiences of my life. Viewing the Alhambra from across the valley, one can more fully appreciate the numerous topographic challenges that have been overcome in the building of this vast complex.”

Piet Oudolf’s nursery, a laboratory for new ideas in planting design
“Situated among fields, the garden is Oudolf's experimental plot; species of ornamental perennials are used like a painter's palette.”

Stockholm’s Woodland Cemetery, architects Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz’s exquisite evocation of the Nordic wilderness
“So emotionally resonant. I've never had such an immediate and powerful emotional response to a designed landscape.”

Shisen-do Temple, a 17th-century hermitage in the mountains of Japan
“Perfection of the Japanese garden and relationship of interior to exterior, at a scale that is domestic. Great in all seasons, with elements of sound, too.”

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