Monday, April 13, 2009

Do It! More from l’Île-de-France

Last week I blogged about a June event outside Paris, the Jardin Secret de l’Île-de-France. If you will be in France betwee June 6th and 28th, this leaflet will help you find your way to parks at their bloomin' best, like that at The Courson Estate. The estate dates back from the 17th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Estate fell into the hands of the Duke of Padua, who was one of Napoleon’s cousins. He transformed the park into an English style garden. In 1860, the Bühler brothers intervened by planting new essences and had the pond dug. In the 1980s, Hélène Fustier, with the help of the English landscape gardener Timothy Vaughan, restored the park. At that same time, the famous planting days at Courson were started and they gathered amateurs, botanists, nurserymen and visitors. What makes the Courson Estate special is that every one of its owners has been inspired by the passion of gardening and botany.

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