TLA visit the gardens of Normandy


This year our practice development excursion included gardens in Normandy that had unique motives for creation and varied approaches to planting.

These included the lush herbaceous seasonal gardens at Jardin Plume, where we were welcomed by owners and creators Patrick and Sylvie Quibel; Jardin Angelique, a restful and beautiful garden created in memory of the owner's daughter Angelique; Claude Monet's garden at Giverny, which provided colour and inspiration for his painting; and the ambitious 90 acre grounds of Champs de Bataille, created in 1992 by interior designer Jacques Garcia with designer Patrick Pottier, based on a concept inspired by an original plan attributed to Le Notre, using proportion and a theme of ascending levels of spirituality expressed in this contemporary garden within a classic structure.