The French formal garden, also called the jardin à la française, is a style of garden based on symmetry and the principle of imposing order on nature.
The entrance to the garden begins the journey.
FIVE of the most famous and beautiful gardens in France
- Monet’s Garden – in Giverny France (an old province of Normandy)
- The Gardens of Versailles – in Versailles France
- Château de Villandry – in the Loire Valley of France – formal gardens with a maze
- Jardin des Tuileries – found right in the heart of Paris – 1st arrondissment
- Bagatelle Gardens – in Paris in the 16th arrondissement
This post will focus only on Versailles ‘ gardens – an abbreviated nod to the importance of gardens, fountains and sculptures.
The Entrance to Versailles and its Gardens
Below you see the grande scale to which Versailles was envisioned circa 1789
Versailles was originally a country village with great hunting; today, however, it is a suburb of Paris, some 16 kilometers (10 miles) southwest of the French capital.
The palace was built to impress. “Versailles is a mirage, a sumptuous and theatrical entertainment. It is also a manifestation of glory and power imposed to a great extent by art, luxury, and magnificence.”