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Varys visits a wealthy villa in Dorne, by Joshua Cairós © Fantasy Flight Games

Gardens are cultivated spaces in the known world.


Margaery Tyrell in a garden in Highgarden, by Cristi Balanescu © Fantasy Flight Games

All sectors of society are known to keep gardens, such as the smallfolk who keep homely and functional cottage gardens,[1] and nobles who may have more extravagant gardens. Some gardens are kept for pleasure, sustenance, or both, with a mixture of ornamental and edible plants.[2][3] Attractive fruit trees, such as cherry[2] and lemon,[4] are also sometimes a feature of gardens.[2] Food can be grown in a glass garden (real-world greenhouse) in winter.[5]

Many individuals draw comfort from spending time in gardens.[6][7][8]

Godswoods have garden features. Many godswoods still found in the south now serve as secular gardens.[6]

Gardens of Westeros


The sept at Riverrun is a seven-sided sandstone building amidst the gardens of the late Minisa Tully. The godswood at Riverrun is a garden, bright and airy, where tall redwoods spread dappled shadows across tinkling streams, birds sing from hidden nests, and the air is spicy with the scent of flowers.[6]

There is a vegetable garden behind the sept on the Quiet Isle.[9]

Little villages in the eastern riverlands can have flourishing gardens during times of peace.[10]

Vale of Arryn

The Eyrie's seven towers encircle a garden, which had been meant as a godswood, but no weirwood heart tree would take root in the stony soil.[11] The garden, which is overlooked by Lady Lysa Arryn's apartments, instead contains grass, shrubbery, and a woman's statue, located at its center. The statue depicts Alyssa Arryn.[12]


The Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing has large gardens capable of holding hundreds surrounding it.[13] Myrcella Baratheon has a garden at the Red Keep.[14]

The garden in Dragonstone is called Aegon's Garden. Within, grow tall dark trees, wild roses, towering thorny hedges, and cranberries. The garden has a pleasant piney scent.[15]


In Winterfell, the Glass Gardens are greenhouses heated by natural hot springs, turning them into a place of moist warmth, thereby keeping the earth from freezing.[16] They are used to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers. Inside the glass gardens, it is always like the hottest day of summer.[11] The rare winter rose is said to be the most beautiful of the flowers grown in the glass gardens of Winterfell.[17] The glass gardens have a warm earthy smell.[18]

At the Wall, Castle Black has a vegetable garden.[19] Some free folk also keep vegetable gardens beyond the Wall.[20]


Casterly Rock contains gardens.[21]


Garth Greenhand, the mythical High King of the First Men, supposedly made the land bloom.[22][23]

Gardens, arbors, pools, fountains, courtyards, and man-made waterfalls surround the keeps of Highgarden.[24]

The Seven Shrines in Oldtown have gardens.[25]


The Water Gardens are a retreat for House Martell;[8] they are Prince Doran Martell's favorite place in the world.[8]

Gardens of Essos and Beyond


Blooming cherry trees at Illyrio's manse in Pentos, by Mariusz Gandzel © Fantasy Flight Games

The gardens behind Illyrio's manse are extensive.[2] Six cherry trees surround a marble pool in the front.[2] Garlic grows in his gardens, as well as a poisonous variety of mushroom found in a garden by Tyrion Lannister.[2]


There are no trees to be found within Braavos except in the courts and gardens of the mighty.[26] The Gardens of Gelenei is a temple in the city; though it is not stated if there are gardens there, there is a gilded tree a hundred feet high with leaves of hammered silver.[27]


Enslaved prostitutes serve at the pleasure gardens of Lys.[28]


In Ghoyan Drohe, the ruined city in the Velvet Hills, a few people still remain amidst the squalor, tending little gardens amongst the weeds.[3]

Sarhoy had saltwater gardens before its destruction in the Second Spice War.[29]

The Palace of Love in Chroyane, now called the Palace of Sorrow, once had gardens bright with flowers and fountains sparkling golden in the sun.[30]


Private chambers are in the lofty apex of the Great Pyramid on the highest step. The chambers are surrounded by terrace garden with greenery and fragrant pools.[31] The audience chamber of the Great Pyramid has its own terrace. The lower terrace and its garden includes lemon trees and night-blooming flowers.[4]


In Qarth, the palace of Xaro Xhoan Daxos has gardens full of fragrant lavender and mint, a marble bathing pool stocked with tiny golden fish, a scrying tower, and warlock's maze.[32] The city also has the Garden of Gehane.[33]


The family of Missandei had a garden in Naath.[34]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

In Vaes Tolorro, Daenerys Targaryen puts Rakharo in charge of pulling up the plaza in an effort to turn it into a garden.[35] Later at the House of the Undying in Qarth, Pyat Pree falsely tells Daenerys her visit is over, and to follow him into a garden.[32] After the destruction of the House of the Undying, ghost grass is found growing in the Garden of Gehane.[33]

North along the eastern side of the river running south from the Gods Eye, Yoren and his men come across an abandoned cottage. Tarber finds a garden in the backyard where they pull some onions and radishes.[1]

A Storm of Swords

Arya Stark, Gendry, and Hot Pie encounter the brotherhood without banners at the cottage of dead Old Pate. His cottage is burned and his garden overgrown.[36]

Edric Storm plays monsters-and-maidens with Shireen Baratheon and Patchface at Aegon's Garden in Dragonstone.[15]

Missandei finds Daenerys in the terrace garden of the Great Pyramid in Meereen. Dany has the girl promise to never lie to her, to never betray her.[7] Daenerys draws great solace from her garden.[7]

A Feast for Crows

Cersei Lannister states that after the war she means to build a new palace beyond the Blackwater Rush; in a dream she sees the palace surrounded by woods and gardens.[37]

Cersei is appalled to hear and see that hundreds of sparrows are encamped in the gardens of the Great Sept of Baelor.[38]

A Dance with Dragons

Varamyr Sixskins recalls that a dozen villages beyond the Wall paid him a kind of homage; offering, among other things, fruit from their orchards and vegetables from their gardens.[20]

Daenerys entertains the representatives from Yunkai in the audience chamber of the Great Pyramid and its terrace.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 14, Arya IV.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 35, Jon VII.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
  13. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
  14. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  15. 15.0 15.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 10, Davos II.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn II.
  17. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI.
  18. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
  19. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Dance with Dragons, Prologue.
  21. The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: Casterly Rock.
  22. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  23. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.
  24. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Highgarden.
  25. A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
  26. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 26, Samwell III.
  27. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 64, The Ugly Little Girl.
  28. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Lys.
  29. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  30. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 18, Tyrion V.
  31. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 36, Daenerys VI.
  32. 32.0 32.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  33. 33.0 33.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  34. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  35. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  36. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 13, Arya II.
  37. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  38. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.