La Villa Sainte-Marie

Parks and domains - Historic gardens

Surrounded by carefully tended lawns, two areas of meadowland are allowed to develop and flower freely between May and October. Four cast iron urns at the corners of these strips of grass discreetly indicate a more formal area, though rustic and natural in character – caught, as it were, between fields and woodland. That this area exists at all is simply due to the careful cutting of the grass: this alone is the source of the subtle nuances in colour, volume and texture that make a garden out of these discreet beds of wild flowers.

Pictures : Thomas Hensinger, Geneva - Marina Denogent, Prangins