The Most Outstanding Gardens the Movie World Has Ever Seen

Movies have always been an incredible source of inspiration. No matter what, everyone can say that they have found something relatable at least in one film they have seen. Gardens have always played an important role in movies, simply because they are amazing sources of natural light that is crucial for filming. Here is a list of four most astonishing gardens the movie world has ever seen, and you can definitely borrow some of the ideas for redecorating your own.

1. The Secret Garden (1993)

Secret garden Holding back the swinging curtain of ivy and unlocking the door that has been locked for 10 years introduced us to the most amazing garden the movie world has ever seen. “It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place anyone could imagine.” The ground was covered with wintry brown grass and bushes “which were surely rosebushes when they were alive”. Leafless climbing roses were covering the walls, and these were so thick that they were matted together. Reminiscent of jungle more than of a real garden, it was a mystery for little Mary Lennox who thought of it as “a world all her own”. A few green shots that were coming up through earth encouraged her, which led to a full revival of this extraordinary garden. The ground was full of snowdrops, daffodils, lilies and iris, whereas curtains of roses were hanging on the walls. If you are among many people who are amazed with this extraordinary garden, you should know that it needs a very special maintenance, even though it looks wild and unattended. Vintage metal chairs in combination with the same table will perfectly fit into this setting. A small water fountain or a pond will make it look even more marvelous.

2. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Kill BillThe end of the first part of the Kill Bill saga brings us to the enchanting rooftop Japanese garden that is covered in snow. Tarantino’s revenge-seeking assassin bride fights to the death with her enemy, O-Ren Ishii, and setting of that kind is perfect for this occasion. Small ponds that are completely frozen, as well as beautiful shrubs and small maple and cherry trees that are covered with the finest layer of snow are true representatives of this type of gardening. Stones have played an important role in Japanese culture since ancient times, which is why gravel path is an unavoidable part of this garden, too. Stone lanterns that are often paired up with water basins can also be found in this setting. If you are a fan of Japanese culture, this gardening solution may be the right one for you. Just keep it simple, including all the aforementioned elements.

3. The Great Gatsby (2013)

The great gasby garden“In his blue gardens men and girls came like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” This is how F. Scott Fitzgerald introduces the readers with an iconic garden of the controversial Jay Gatsby. Baz Luhrman’s adaptation depicts the ‘Roaring Twenties’ at their finest. Extraordinary plants, such as dahlias, primroses, veronica and asters, enhance the themes of decadence and give life to the story in the best possible way. Mansion’s ivy-covered façade and the alleé of European linden add a touch of luxury to the overall impression. Gatsby was a host to most amazing parties, and that kaleidoscopic carnival indeed takes everyone’s breath away. Massive floral arrangements, an over-the-top water fountain right at the entrance and the most astonishing swimming pool are a dream come true for the glitterati of the Jazz Age. Recreating such a garden is definitely not a simple task, but you can do it by choosing luxurious outdoor furniture that will perfectly match your small water fountain and beautifully trimmed shrubs around it. Of course, one amazing pergola will definitely do the trick, as well as a vintage gramophone that is a perfect reminder of that decadent lifestyle.

4. The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The Hundred-Foot JourneyThe image of an Indian restaurant that is opened in the south of France is pretty much contradictory for itself, since this sassy culture is not that welcome in such a conservative environment. Purchasing an old mansion and transforming it into boisterous place that smells like curry really spiced up that dull setting. Colours that are dominant in this groundbreaking restaurant are turquoise and gold, and the entrance shows exactly how the ancient Indian temple looks like – vibrant and completely over-the-top. Wooden chairs and tables are accessorized with golden lace tablecloths, and there is a tandoori oven in the middle of the covered garden. Strings of colourful lights are hung all over the walls, whereas lanterns with wonderful patterns light up the garden at dusk. If you are a fan of Oriental cultures, this gardening solution is definitely your cup of tea. Numerous cushions in bright colours with exotic patterns are a must-have, as well as unconventional lighting ideas. Also, a covered garden is an authentic solution which will represent this culture at its finest.


These iconic movies indeed have much to offer, especially when it comes to gardening ideas that are beyond authentic. No matter what are your preferences, you have to admit that these astonishing gardens are really to die for. If some of these solutions are perfect for you, all we have to say is – go for it!


Daniel has been writing short stories as long as he can remember. He is fascinated with art, cinema, music, design and many more. In association with experts from Wintons Teak, he is sharing interesting outdoor design solutions which are both stylish and functional.

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