Array
Travel

A Fantasy Garden in Tagaytay

See how a horticulturist transforms fertile land into a magical world

Shares
Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Who hasn’t marveled at the plants and flowers in Tagaytay? The area’s cool weather and rich volcanic soil are the perfect ingredients for healthy and beautiful greenery. So it is no surprise that horticulturist Jan Imperio and his wife Marikit would relocate to this town that is more popular as a weekend escape.

The sprawling 3,000sqm plot of land was acquired in 1997, and is shared by Marikit’s other siblings. Originally, Jan wanted to sell plants here, but his work back then kept him mostly in Manila so he just focused on designing this garden. He relates that it was made primarily for his children, because he wanted them to have memories of playing and growing up in such a beautiful place.

Jan did not stick to formal landscaping and instead created a magical world filled with freeform plantings and whimsical garden décor. It begins with the family’s colorful house, with a seedling greenhouse behind it. Beyond this, the garden veers into different tableaux, including arched pathways, gazebos, and even an outdoor bathroom. You’ll be surprised that there are hardly any exotic plants here, mostly greenery that you can easily get at any landscaping store. “I use local plants but in a nice way, so hindi mukhang common,” Jan says.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

5 Inspiring DIY Projects Made by Dads During Quarantine

From backyard pools to playhouses!

WATCH: Kryz Uy Gives Her Bedroom a Mini Makeover

Prior to the makeover, Kryz only had a bed and a single chair in her room.

Candle Warmer VS Traditional Candle: What’s the Difference?

Does warming work better than burning a wick?

Small Kitchen Appliances That Will Fit in a Small Kitchen

These are hardworking appliances, too.

8 Air Purifiers You Can Buy for Your Home, Depending on Your Budget

Consider it an investment for your family's good health and well-being.

This Outdoor Cafe in Rizal Has an Amazing View of the Sunset

Its dining area that overlooks the Metro Manila skyline!

Art in the Park 2021 Is Happening This February

Sixty galleries can be viewed online!

Bianca Gonzalez Gives a Sneak Peek of New Home in the South

She's excited about the big kitchen in her next family home!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!