Mr PGC
has visited many, many gardens around the world and, of course, has developed his own opinions about them. He has rated each of the gardens in this website based (more or less) on the following criteria. Hope it helps.

5 Stars

Includes two or more of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding ornamental garden & facilities
  • A "Must See" garden
  • Of Horticultural Significance
  • Huge variety of ornamental plant species

4 Stars

Includes two or more of the following criteria:

  • Very good ornamental garden & facilities
  • A "Should See" garden
  • Large variety of ornamental plant species
  • Well maintained displays

3 Stars

Includes two or more of the following criteria:

  • Good ornamental garden & facilities
  • A "Worth the Time to Visit" garden
  • Typical array of ornamental plant species
  • Smaller but very nice garden

2 Stars

Includes two or more of the following criteria:

  • Average ornamental garden & facilities
  • A "Low Priority but O.K." garden
  • Perhaps in need of better maintenance
  • Smaller but average garden

1 Star

Includes two or more of the following criteria:

  • Nothing special ornamental garden & facilities
  • A "Don't Go Out of Your Way" garden
  • Perhaps poor maintenance
  • Not much of horticultural interest - More a park or woodlot than an ornamental garden

0 Stars

  • Nothing of horticultural interest
  • Avoid this site
  • (Fortunately, we have not visited one of these...yet)

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