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Les Jardins d'Ambleville near Paris

Les Jardins d'Ambleville near Paris

** Located in French Vexin, the gardens of Ambleville are listed as historic monuments. Their structure, in the form of four terraces, dates from the Renaissance. They extend at the foot of a castle which has a remarkable facade dating from the same period. Beyond time, it is a journey in space, towards beautiful Italy, that these gardens suit the visitor by making him browse their terraces: the chessboard garden with thousands of narcissuses, the garden of the moon with its timeless statues, and finally the secret garden and the greenhouse garden. The art connoisseur will be able to recognize, in these gardens, a nod to a fresco by artist Paul Brill, there to another by Mantegna. Beyond this historical framework, the walker will be able to be moved by the overall beauty of this topiary garden, rich in 70 yew trees and 1 kilometer of trimmed boxwood. In your turn, come and discover this extraordinary vegetation ... **

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville The pruning of yew and boxwood takes place twice a year, using shears and jigs. It is necessary to keep their shapes! But what a job for gardeners who have to gain heights to tackle the most slender plants.

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville Wise and peaceful scene, in the middle of which the visitor is invited to walk.

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville In the axis of this canal, in the center of the footbath, you can admire a statue of Neptune brandishing its trident.

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville Welcome to the chessboard. With its amazing grid, this funny garden seems to float in reality. It is in fact a layout which, once brought back to the horizontal, echoes that of a fresco by the artist Paul Brill kept in the Villa Artena, south of Rome.

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville The balustrade that surrounds the chessboard garden was once used to capture birds with glue. Practice now over but authorized in this region of France.

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville Perspective on the chessboard garden from a yew arch: the strict grid pattern of narcissus squares meets the fantasy of topiaries. In spring, 80,000 daffodils grow their corollas towards the cool sun of the start of the year.

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville The Garden of the Moon also has its artistic inspiration: it is taken from the painting by Andrea Mantegna, "Minerva Chasing the Vices of the Garden of Virtue", kept in the Louvre museum.

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville Autumn, with its warm colors, brings a touch of madness to the wise gardens of the Moon.

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville These yews cut in a semicircle structure the gardens of the Moon.

The Gardens of Ambleville


Les Jardins d'Ambleville These steep but perfect slopes also seem to have passed through the expert hands of gardeners.