Located in the village of Le Chatellier, sits one of the loveliest of France's gardens "Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne". Originally designed in 1847 as a romantic English landscape garden, with pond and winding path, all complimenting the original Chateau de la Folitiere.
With time and a change of tenants, it has evolved into "Gardens within a Garden". Twenty different garden themes as well as plants from five different continents continually thrive in this Normandy garden.
A good reminder that gardens are living breathing things that continue on from season to season and should be appreciated as such. They do not have to die back to a mass of unsightly twigs , but can continue to complement their surroundings and amaze their visitors.
The use of grasses as well as evergreens, both needled and leaf, plus an assortment of colorful barks and perennial seed heads all help to reinforce this idea. Most designers start a design with the late spring, summer season first, letting the colder months fall to the way side, hoping for at least a skeleton of the summer garden, For many this is one of the shortest seasons. Wouldn't it be visually appealing if the designer took into consideration the longer colder months first and then designed accordingly?
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