Monday, July 16, 2012

jardin du luxembourg

la grotte

“Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.” 
- Frances Hodgson Burnett: "The Secret Garden"
From the Port Royal metro station to the gates of the Luxembourg, everything is light and open. Constructed during the peak of garden design in France, the Luxembourg gardens are famous for the formality of their gardening techniques, and their elaborately ornate fountains. This very regimented design is evident in their extensive use of terminal vistas and the overwhelmingly symmetrical composition of their plantings. According to the French gardener, he designs nature. 

At the instruction of Marie de Medicis were the Luxembourg gardens constructed. With women having very little power in government at that period in history, they had to be creative in their ways of exercising influence in France. This assertion of power is reflected in the gardens of Luxembourg, where all the statues have been modeled in the image of women. 

Pouvoir fille? Oui.

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