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Les Jardins D'etretat

The foundations for the gardens at Etretat were laid more than 100 years ago when a famous French actress, Madame Thebault, built a villa near the clifftops of this dramatic Normandy coast and employed local gardener Auguste Lecanu to plant a woodland.


GAP Photos/Charles Hawes/Les Jardins D'etretat

Feature No:   3705 

Qty of Images:    74 


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Today, that garden has been revived and transformed by Alexanader Grivko and his colleagues at the IL Nature company (who are based in London) into a work of contemporary art through its extraordinary topiary and its incorporation of work of several artists. The garden covers less than a hectare. Its woodland canopy both hides and protects the garden. Underneath bold plantings of shrubs such as Phillyrea angustifolia, Eleaeagnus x ebbigei and Buxus sempervirens have been skilfully sculpted into swirls, waves and undulations which reference its coastal location. The famous arched cliff with a hole of L’Aiguille has become a borrowed landscape of the garden. The painter Claude Monet lived in Etretat for many years and he stands at his easel on a platform overlooking the garden a stones throw from the cliffs of D’Amont where he painted several works; part of the garden is called the Jardin d’amont. The garden has been taking visitors since 2017.



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