Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 17 –  Vallée aux Loups
Gardens Near and Far episode 17 – Vallée aux Loups

Gardens Near and Far episode 17 – Vallée aux Loups

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…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 16 – La Roche Guyon
Gardens Near and Far episode 16 – La Roche Guyon

Gardens Near and Far episode 16 – La Roche Guyon

Gardens Near and Far episode 16 – La Roche Guyon: Partly dug out in the chalk cliffs along a bend in the River Seine, the castle of La Roche Guyon overlooks an outstanding vegetable and fruit garden.     Developed by Duke Alexandre de la Rochefoucauld in the early 18th century, this garden, which as well as being a place of production and experiment is also a pleasure garden, reflects the spirit of the Enlightenment. Still today, alongside the garden’s…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 15 – Courances
Courances

Gardens Near and Far episode 15 – Courances

Gardens Near and Far episode 15 – Courances: Water is omnipresent in Courances, and it structures the landscape. The area’s trees give it a highly romantic character.     The estate stretches over 75 hectares of gardens and 500 hectares of farmland. In the 16th century, the owner Côme Clausse installed a revolutionary hydraulic system there. Whereas many gardens remain turned towards the past, the Courances estate, which is inhabited and open to modernity, is constantly reinventing itself.   Gardens…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 14 – Freyr
Freyr

Gardens Near and Far episode 14 – Freyr

Gardens Near and Far episode 14 – Freyr:  designed in the style of André Le Nôtre in 1760 by Canon Guillaume de Beaufort-Spontin and enlarged by his brother Philippe in 1770, the gardens are set on walled terraces on the left bank of the Meuse. Freyr Castle and its timeless gardens stand in the heart of a natural site, in which a vast forest surrounds a series of breathtaking rocks and a river that sculpts the valley.     The…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 13 – Tête d’Or
Tête d'Or

Gardens Near and Far episode 13 – Tête d’Or

Gardens Near and Far episode 13 – Tête d'Or: opened in 1857 before the works were completed, the park was designed by the Bulher brothers, who came up with the smart idea of digging out a lake to sanitize the swampland.     Haussmann was busy transforming Paris at the time, and Lyon did not want to be left behind. Thanks to the area’s soil quality, a favourable climate and a wealthy bourgeoisie, which started to develop rapidly in the…

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