Gardens Near and Far episode 17: a few kilometres from Paris, the Vallée aux Loups spans more than 60 hectares of isolated woodland. In the 19th century, it attracted prestigious gardeners and many artists.
François-René de Chateaubriand stayed at the Vallée aux Loups for eleven years, infusing the estate with a romantic spirit. The rich and fertile lands of the neighbouring plots are now also attracting renewed interest. The local county has gradually incorporated these plots into a large park, which is open to the public.
Gardens Near and Far episode 17 – Vallée aux Loups
The departmental area of the Valley-aux-Loups – Maison de Chateaubriand is a beautiful illustration of the harmony that exists between cultural and natural heritage in the Valley of Hauts-de-Seine culture. The wooded park, the Green Island, the landscaped Arboretum with the unique plant collection and the house of Chateaubriand, witness of an era and the life of the man, the informed botanist and the traveling writer, form a unity where the past and the present are respected, the work of man and nature.
The departmental area of the Valley-aux-Loups benefits from the label “remarkable garden” issued by the DRAC for the park of the house of Chateaubriand, the Arboretum and the green island, both for their history and for their reception of the public and their eco-friendly management style. This label was renewed in September 2011 for a period of five years. It also benefits from the Eve® label, “ecological green space”, awarded in May 2012 (more information in the Nature tab).
Landscape architect Jean-Philippe Teyssier takes us on a discovery of the most beautiful gardens in France and the world. The gardeners, landscapers, horticulturalists, architects, historians and estate managers he meets unveil the art of gardening. They show us how gardens have been designed, planted and maintained over the centuries. The exceptional gardens Jean-Philippe Teyssier visits make up a myriad of passions, journeys, colors and shapes.