Rampe de Cologny

Contemporary gardens

A great deal of earth would have had to be moved before this piece of ground was sufficiently level for walking. Now, however, a series of slopes and terraces, turfed and planted with blossoming trees, maples, round clumps of box, rose trees, geraniums and peonies, has given the garden contours of a more English style. Directly in line with the house, solid terraces in Fayaux sandstone create the effect of a huge staircase. Between the stones, low-growing plants such as alchemillas, grasses and rock plants compete for space in the small gaps between the stones, lending an element of wildness to the feature.


Produced in collaboration with Nicolas Herren, architect, Geneva

Pictures : Thomas Hensinger, Geneva – Marina Denogent, Prangins