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A Famous Garden in your City: IELTS Cue Card

Visiting a garden is a popular activity in many countries. A garden is a little different to a park as it is usually a bit smaller, is more focused on seeing plants and is often attached to a house. A park is more likely to have other facilities like playgrounds and football fields. This IELTS cue card will show you how you could answer if you were asked about a garden in the IELTS speaking exam. Keep scrolling for a look a list of useful vocabulary from the answer.

IELTS Band Nine Cue Card

Describe a well-known garden in your city
You should say
where it is
what it looks like
what people do there
and explain why you remember this particular garden or public place.

I’d like to tell you about a famous place in London called Hampton Court Gardens. It is located just to the West of London in a suburb called Richmond. It is a historical garden that dates back to the 16th century when it was the garden of the infamous King Henry the Eighth. 

One thing I like about this garden is it is quite varied. The rose gardens are full of colour, the formal gardens are very organised and symmetrical and the lawns are lush and expansive. If it is hot, there are also many shaded walks as well as a large lake and a maze.

People come to Hampton Court Gardens for a variety of reasons. Some come to marvel at the stunning gardens, while others come to watch a concert or tour the palace itself. The garden is a popular spot for picnics and there are often food and drink stalls set up around the grounds.

I remember this particular garden because I visited it as a kid and I was amazed by its beauty and grandeur. The gardens at Hampton Court are truly breathtaking, and I have always been drawn to their serene and peaceful atmosphere. It is a place that I try to visit as often as possible and would recommend to any visitors. 

IELTS describing a famous garden vocabulary

This vocabulary is taken from the answer above. I’ve picked out the most interesting and useful words for you to study. All of the words here appear in the same order as they do in the answer above.

Suburb

An area outside of the city centre. Suburbs are usually places for families to live. 

Historical

A place, person or thing with a strong link to the past or to history.

Infamous

Like ‘famous’ but for someone who has done bad things. 

Symmetrical

If something looks the same on both sides, it is symmetrical. In other words, if one half is the mirror image of the other half, you can say it is symmetrical. 

Lush

Having a lot of green plants, especially grass.

Expansive

Another way of saying large, we especially use this word to describe gardens. 

Shaded

If something is shaded it is partially or completely covered by a shadow.

Lawn

An area of grass that is kept short and well-groomed, typically surrounding a house.

Maze

A complex system of paths. It is designed to be fun but challenging for you to find your way to the middle of. 

Marvel

To be greatly surprised or impressed by something.

Palace

A large, impressive house or building that is or was used by a king, queen, or other important person.

Picnic

A meal where you bring food with you and then eat it outdoors.

Serene

A state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

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  1. In my country we have a place called garden city it’s a place where people have fun and we have a mall and shops many people visiting in my country they like to visit that place

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