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Actes du colloque Jardin & littérature

Actes du colloque Jardin & littérature

Over the centuries, the Normandy landscape has been shaped by, among other phenomena, the space occupied by gardens and their great diversity […]. Whilst the regional territory is characterised by this wealth of landscaped heritage, it is also imbued with qualities of an immaterial nature. Indeed, Normandy has long since been a source of literary inspiration and a land of writing.
The ‘Jardin & Littérature’ (Garden & Literature) colloquium held from the 9th to 12th of May 2019 in Caen’s Ladies’ Abbey, then in the Alexis de Tocqueville library, explored the multifarious, prolific, sometimes symbiotic and always singular links that are forged between landscape art, gardening and poetic creation. The present publication reunites the various interventions at this colloquium, which met with much appraise from an audience of professionals and gardening enthusiasts.
Boasting a wealth of illustrations, it offers an insight into writers’ gardens, in Normandy (Hugo, Maupassant, Flaubert, Gide, etc.) and in Europe (Boccace, Goethe, Hesse, etc.), via a meander through written works, independently of their generic category (novel, poetry, short story, correspondence, etc.), where the poetry inherent to gardens plays a fundamental role.

ISBN : 978-2-84811-457-6

Publication date : May 2020

Publisher : Editions des Falaises

Number of pages : 304 pages

Enquête sur les fluctuations du goût dans le jardin paysager

Enquête sur les fluctuations du goût dans le jardin paysager

Humphry REPTON, translated by Jacques CARRE

Humphry Repton (1752-1818) was the heir to an already long-standing tradition of English landscaped gardens, initiated around 1720. Seeing himself as the successor of Lancelot Brown – the most illustrious of this particular style – he nevertheless distinguished himself from his source of inspiration by adapting his design to suit new demands from his clients. He worked equally for the aristocracy and for a certain business bourgoisie, exalting his own pragmatism, ‘Utility must often take the lead of beauty, and convenience be preferred to picturesque effect in the neighbourhood of man’s habitation.’ A he wrote this, he challenged the ‘picturesque’ theorists, such as Uvedale Price and Richard Payne Knight, who perceived landscape art exclusively as an ersatz of landscape painting. In the contrary, Repton insisted on the necessity for the landscaper and gardener to adapt to ‘circumstances’, in other words, not only the site itself and the property’s purpose, but also to its owner’s social status. His conception of good taste was not only, as in the previous century, a matter of aesthetics, but more generally of ‘convenience’. This term equally applied to the new bourgeois way of life as to the due attention to be paid to comfort and advantage.
The classical recipe of the landscaped garden in the form of an opaque enclosure comprised of trees, arrangements of immense artificial ponds and extensive lawned areas was criticised by Repton, who preferred a return to regular forms around properties, introducing terraces and gravelled paths, and paying attention to the return of flower beds. As such, we can consider him to be the precursor of the Victorian garden.

ISBN : 9782252044759

Publication date : February 2020

Publisher : Klincksieck

Number of pages : 176 pages

Les jardins du château d’Annevoie. Histoire et génie hydraulique

Les jardins du château d’Annevoie. Histoire et génie hydraulique

Threatened in the 2000s, the Château d’Annevoie castle and gardens – listed monument and site – have benefited, since 2017, from a global restoration campaign initiated by the Domaine Historique du Château et des Jardins d’Annevoie private foundation. Within this context, Nathalie de Harlez de Deulin conducted a highly documented study that relies, in particular, on iconographical sources under conservation. She has two essential aims in mind: to compile comprehensive archives on available documentation on the history of gardens and to offer a precisely contextualised reference base. This critical, in-depth and sensitive study, adapted for publication, is now available to the general public.

ISBN : 978-2-9602140-4-8

Publication date : September 2020

Publisher : Société archéologique de Namur

Number of pages : 304 pages

André Leroy, gloire de l’horticulture et des jardins

André Leroy, gloire de l’horticulture et des jardins

Isabelle LEVEQUE

This publication offers us an insight into the career of André Leroy (1801-1875), a famous landscaper and nursery gardener from the Anjou region. Of a family of several generations of nursery gardeners, he personified the 19th century horticultural and landscaping renewal.
Beyond his role as a renowned horticulturist in France and abroad, to which his Dictionnaire de Pomologie (Dictionary of Pomology) bears witness, André Leroy proved also to be a talented landscaper and park and garden designer, working in the Anjou region and Western France.

ISBN : 979-10-93572-52-9

Publication date : May 2020

Publisher : Editions 303

Number of pages : 96 pages

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