Tag Archives: France

Chambord and its new 18thc garden

Chambord is one of the greatest chateaux in France with 426 rooms, 83 staircases, and 282 fireplaces – but apart from a few years in the 18thc – no real garden. It was built  as a hunting lodge in the early … Continue reading

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Happy 400th Birthday Mr Silvestre… Louis should throw you a party

Serendipity strikes!  Last Thursday  just as I was finishing off last week’s post about trompe l’oeil paintings I saw a newsflash on a history website that it was the 400th birthday of Israel Silvestre that very day.   That probably … Continue reading

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Putting Gardens in Perspective ….17thc style

You might have got the impression from the last couple of posts that it was only contemporary gardeners who were capable of doing things in the spirit of the Silly Season  but there are plenty of examples in history too, … Continue reading

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More Madness at Chaumont

I paid my annual trip to the International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire last week. As a laboratory for contemporary garden and landscape design  for nearly 30 years,  and still full of weird and whacky ideas, Chaumont fits the idea of the … Continue reading

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Robinson Treehouses

This post started out as another “serious” look at the history of treehouses but has ended up a bit more off-beat than usual , somehow managing to include mentions of a well-known children’s book, a Disney film, donkeys,  bars in … Continue reading

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