Charlottenburg Gardens, Berlin
Charlottenburg Palace was pretty much the invention and domain of Sophie Charlotte, wife of Freidrich III. If you ever get there, you have to see her china room. Never been in a room like it. Couldn't take photos inside though.
The grounds were vast and impressive, much like the gardens at Versaille. Many of the same principles were used in its design - avenues, moats, boulevards, fountains, parterres, sculptures, topiaries and grand planters. One thing that served a more useful purpose was the lake at the end of the gardens. Generally, lakes, canals or ponds were designed into gardens to provide and end view or vista. This one served a purpose. Sophie Charlotte didn't like taking the dusty coaches into Berlin and had her lake connect to the canals and rivers leading into Berlin so she could take boats in when she had to go into the city.
|Sort of an undersized plant for such a majestic planter!|
|Opposite problem. Awfully significant |
plant in an underwhelming container.
|Geraniums? Maybe they're something special here. |
Not at home.
|Geraniums. Really?! Really?!|
|Takes a lot of planters to fill a garden this large.|
|The overwhelming perennial borders looked beautiful up close where you could appreciate |
the different blooms, but sloppy from farther away -- taking over the topiaries.
|Rather see something beautiful and naked |
than a chubby kid holding a goat.
|Looking back toward the palace.|
|Pretty up close where you can appreciate the mixed border.|
|The Belvedere, originally the palace tea house. Now the Royal porcelain museum.|
|Hydrangea on the steps of the mausoleum.|
|The garden in front of the mausoleum.|
|Gardens around the Orangery.|