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A Little Chaos: Romance and Gardening in French Sun King's Court

“A LIttle Chaos” is a wildly underrated movie gem from 2014 that I just discovered this week, and wanted to share. Set in the 1600’s France as the Sun King Louis XIV was building Versailles, the movie stars Kate Winslet as Sabine, a self-supporting, determined and talented gardener/landscape designer. 543 more words

Grand Designs: André Le Nôtre and the Gardens of Versailles

On the 15th of September 1700, French landscape architect, and the principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France, André Le Nôtre died in Paris. 739 more words


Les Journées des Plantes de Courson...à Chantilly

Les Journées des Plantes de Courson is one of France’s largest and longest running flower shows.  Started in 1983 by a handful of passionate gardeners, the twice-yearly event has always been hosted by Helene and Patrice Fustier at their Château de Courson to the south of Paris.   1,332 more words



Run time: 116mins

Director: Alan Rickman

Cast: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory,

Synopsis: Sabine De Barra, a female landscape-gardener is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which thrusts her to the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV. 230 more words

After 300 years, a Contemporary Garden at Versailles.

The scale and harmony of the landscape created by Le Nôtre 300 years ago for Louis XIV at Versailles, never fails to impress.

 Parterres, topiary and sculptures near the Palace. 389 more words

Sculpture, Art And Culture

Book Review: André Le Nôtre in Perspective: Edited by Patricia Bouchenot-Déchin and Georges Farhat      

Published to mark the 400th anniversary of his birth, André Le Nôtre in Perspective celebrates the life and legacy of France’s famous royal gardener through an exploration of his achievements as a designer, engineer and collector of fine art. 554 more words


Change of Plans - Bonjour Paris

I’ve just returned from a month of exploring the gardens of the Loire Valley and Provence (hence the somewhat erratic timing of the last few posts) and my head is full of French gardens, so  2,919 more words