Garden Destinations: Oedo Island Garden, South Korea

oedo Island garden korea

Even though my summer seemed over full with adventures, my wanderlust-ing itch is rarely scratched for long.  So it goes with Oedo (pronounced way-do) Island off the coast of South Korea.   Doesn’t this garden look like an amazing place?  I am even more intrigued by the fact that there isn’t all that much information online (in English) about this place.

oedo island garden korea

Have you been there?  This is what I know about it:

1) it is an island (I have a magnetic attraction to islands)

2) it was created by a fisherman and his wife (over 30 years in the making, it was previously a barren rocky place)

3) it is the home of over 3000 species of plants

4) you have to take a boat to get to it  (love that!)

5) it is supposedly the first island to be owned by private individuals in South Korea and it is has been open to the public since 1995.

6) it is something like Versailles but with a Korean twist and placed in the East China Sea.  – I simply could not ask for anything more.

oedo botanic garden korea

I found a little bit of information about travelling there here. And I was introduced to this place when I happened across Steve’s amazing collection of images here.  If you want to see more (and trust me, you do) — jump over there.

images by steve

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Vish on September 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Really thanks for sharing a detailed information. Actually I have done a lot of search to find the details regarding this garden and finally I found your blog. It is really and amazing destination.

    • rochelle on September 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Vish — if you go — I would love to hear how it was. R

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