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Let’s take a stroll through the gardens of Île-de-France

jeudi 28 juin 2018

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  • Le jardin de Claude Monet à Giverny de Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux
  • Le jardin de Claude Monet à Giverny de Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux
  • Le jardin de Claude Monet à Giverny de Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux
  • Parc du château de Fontainebleau, jardin de Diane, de Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Gardens of the Palace of Fontainebleau, Garden of Diana by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux
  • Parc et château de Fontainebleau, Grand Parterre et statue du Tibre sur le rond d'eau, de Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Gardens and Palace of Fontainebleau, Grand Parterre and statue of the Tiber on the ornamental lake by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux
  • Vue du château de Fontainebleau depuis le bassin des cascades, de Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    View of the Palace of Fontainebleau from the Bassin des Cascades by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux

The photographs by Jean-Baptiste Leroux and texts by Mic Chamblas-Ploton, lifestyle journalist, invite us to stroll through the most beautiful grounds and gardens in the Île-de-France region.

 

Four seasons in the art of the floral kitchen garden...

Le potager fleuri de Saint-Jean de Beauregard (Essonne) by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

On a historic 17th century estate, a kitchen garden created by its owner, Muriel de Curel, features six vegetable beds, espaliered pear trees, a cut-flower garden and an orchard. Two plant festivals are held there every year, in spring and autumn.

 

 

Created in the 17th and 18th centuries, these classically French-style grounds have a romantic quality.

Le parc du château de Courances (Essonne) by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Fed by fourteen springs, its mirror ponds, canals, cascades and little waterfalls charm those strolling through the plane tree walkway and along lush green paths to a single bench.

 

The four seasons of Bagatelle

Parc de Bagatelle (Paris) by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

An orangery, a rose garden, lawns carpeted in spring bulbs, magnolias in bloom – since the turn of the century, the picturesque garden of the Comte d’Artois, reorganised according to English tastes for Lord Seymour, has reflected the horticultural passion injected by Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier, restorer of Parisian gardens.

 

Model of Versailles by Superintendent Fouquet.

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (Seine-et-Marne) by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Between the royal residences of Vincennes and Fontainebleau, the architect Le Vau, painter Le Brun and landscaper Le Nôtre created the model of the French-style estate that would be used as the basis for Versailles. A lawned forecourt, a paved courtyard, a central axis running through the palace, parterres de broderie, a mirror pond, water jets, a transverse axis, cascades, statues and topiary all represent the definitive Grand Siècle style.