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The art of boxwood
The common box tree (‘Buxus sempervirens’) is the most common plant used to form low hedges. Like André Le Nôtre at the Château de Versailles, gardeners have largely imposed it in topiary art (the art of creating a landscape form). It takes time for young plants to form a hedge (5 to 7 cm and then 10 cm of growth per year when fully grown). The reconstitution of the ‘parterre sur l’eau’ (1994-1999) was the work of Allain Provost, horticultural engineer and landscape designer, in association with the landscape designer Alain Cousseran. They were inspired by the landscape embroidery of the Renaissance architect Jacques Androuet du Cerceau (1520-1586).
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