March 12, 2011

Taming nature

Andre le Notre, whose birthday this is, was born into a family of gardeners in 1613 and grew up to be Louis XIV’s garden designer.  Le Notre studied painting and architecture, , and he used what he learned about perspective when creating his gardens.  His formal, architectural style became the envy of every monarch in Europe – all the crowned heads wanted a ‘jardin a la francaise.’

Below, some of the many Le Notre gardens that still exist.  The last photo is the garden at the Chateau of Saint-Cloud – the chateau was destroyed but the gardens remain.  Le Notre might be startled to see it used as a venue for an annual Paris rock festival.

Orangerie at Versailles, photo by Urban.


The Tuileries and gardens.


Vaux-le-Vicomte, photo by Thomas Henz.

Rock festival, garden at Saint-Cloud



  1. very nice love the pictures


    Comment by avery — March 12, 2011 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  2. i love it when they make grass look like woven carpet or something…nice!


    Comment by nina c — March 15, 2011 @ 11:22 am | Reply

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