Nineteenth Century High Victorian Gardens
Garden and Landscapes / History / International

Nineteenth Century High Victorian Gardens


The nineteenth century horticulture found in Europe is both vast and confusing. There was a significant leap in garden design and this created a long list of notable garden. This makes it difficult to select only a few to encompass all the developments in style, ideas and approaches that emerged during the era. Two particular styles comes to … Continue reading

Het Loo Garden the “Versailles of Holland”
Garden and Landscapes / International / Netherlands

Het Loo Garden the “Versailles of Holland”


After the emense success of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles in France, inspiration of great magnitude spread through Europe. The french formal garden became the obsession of garden designers – they coveted it’s size, fame and it’s ability to manipulate nature. So sprung a series of gardens throughout the continent that would mimic formal vocabulary. This included … Continue reading

Le Nôtre’s Versailles
France / Garden and Landscapes / Historic Preservation / History / International

Le Nôtre’s Versailles


The Sun King’s Garden In yesterday’s post I spoke about Le Nôtre’s Vaux-le-Vicomte garden.Today I will take time to describe his other greatest masterpiece, the Versailles garden, which was in fact inspired by the grounds of Fouquet’s Vaux-le -Victomte. As we left off in the story, Louis XIV had requested for a royal tour of the … Continue reading