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May Day and Lily of the Valley | Little bells that ring in spring

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Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) that grows in the spring is remarkable for the shape of its flowers: very fragrant tiny white bells. It has long been customary to offer a sprig of Lily of the Valley on the 1st of May to celebrate the arrival of spring and the good weather that goes […]...

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April 30, 2014 | 8:10 am |

Happy Spring ! | Spring is in the garden

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Source images Paris-is-Beautiful.com / Happiness as an Art de Vivre : The wonderful Bacsac® photos were cordially borrowed from bacsac.fr. Similarly the Dadagreen and Potogreen photos were cordially borrowed from Paule Klingueur website (parislabel.com). The other photos are those of Anna Kész?...

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March 19, 2014 | 10:12 pm |

A Potted History of Gardening | The contemporary garden

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At the end of the Second World War, priority was given to the reconstruction of all the French cities. Designing green spaces was not even envisaged. Nonetheless, the profession of landscape gardener become more formalised and in 1948 in England, Geoffroy Jellicoe (1900-1996) founded the International Federation of Landscape Gardeners. The School of Architecture in […]...

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December 16, 2013 | 11:16 am |

A Potted History of Gardens | The medicinal garden

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The medicinal garden is a long way from the decorative nature of the French or English gardens and is cultivated for its therapeutic virtues. This is the reason why the most commonly found plants there are aromatic plants such as thyme and sage, as well as rare plants that are not naturally found in the […]...

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December 16, 2013 | 11:09 am |

A Potted History of Gardens | The English garden

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The English garden takes an alternative aesthetic view to that of the French garden. While panorama and scene-setting dominate its French counterpart, the English garden prefers to eschew geometry and prefers, on the contrary, sinuous curves… Although it is masterfully contained, nature appears to be taking over because the vegetation is so dense. A romantic […]...

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December 16, 2013 | 11:05 am |

A Potted History of Gardens | The French garden

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According to the landscape gardener Isabelle Auricoste, “the garden is one of those shapes that can travel through history”. And yet, the study of gardens began late in France. It was not until 1867 that Arthur Mangin, a native of  Touraine, undertook it. He obtained his place his history when in 1981, the charter of […]...

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