Herculean, Pharaonic and other Garden Superlatives


Tree ferns growing in the tropical greenhouse, Château du Champ de Bataille, Normandy, France.

Herculean, Pharaonic and other Garden Superlatives One of the Seven Wonders, for which the specific location has never been established, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are said to have contained a large variety of trees, shrubs and vines planted in tiers on raised terraces in an extraordinary feat of engineering. While visiting the Remarkable Gardens (see other garden studies with this label) of the Château du Champ de Bataille, I drew a parallel with these mythical gardens, beginning with the symbolic notion that they are said to embody: The Seven Degrees of Creation from the Mineral, Vegetal, and Animal to Humanity, Conscience, Light and Spirit, in that order. Jacques Garcia, renowned decorator, acquired the château in 1992. Working with landscape architect Patrick Pottier, they carried out the herculean task of conceiving and planting more than 240 acres of formal gardens consisting of groves, French parterres, boxwood topiary, basins, terraces, steps and fountains complimented by temples, theaters and sculptures. Hidden at the end of the garden is the “pièce de résistance” (flourish); a genuine 18th century Indian palace, reconstructed stone by stone, complete with an artificial lake: the Palace of Dreams. From the Material to the Immaterial, visitors pass from the … Read More

Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B


Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B From December 9, a sea wind will blow on Studio Gallery B&B at the occasion of the exhibition of two photographers, Entre Côtes. Elise Prudhomme presents a new series of large format pinhole photographs entitled Sands of Time, extract of an ongoing project on the evolution of the cultural landscape and the emergence of a new picturesque in the Cotentin. From the Atlantic coast to the inland, Philippe Bachelier walked his cameras through the Basque country on both sides of the Pyrénées. His black and white landscapes, printed silver-gelatin paper, recount the changing lights of the ocean and the perennial energy of nature. A partir du 9 décembre, un vent iodé soufflera sur le Studio Galerie B&B à l’occasion de l’exposition de ses deux photographes Entre Côtes. Elise Prudhomme expose une série de sténopés grand format intitulé Sands of Time, extraite d’un projet en cours sur l’évolution du paysage culturel et l’émergence d’un nouveau pittoresque dans le Cotentin. De la côte atlantique à l’intérieur des terres, Philippe Bachelier a promené ses appareils photo dans le Pays Basque, des deux côtés des Pyrénées. Leurs paysages en noir et blanc, tirés sur papier … Read More