Thursday, March 17, 2011

Garden: of Marqueyssac








Lush greens to get lost in.

First off, Happy St.Patrick's Day! Oddly enough for a redhead, I do not really have anything green to wear, except for a scarf perhaps. Do you do anything special for today? + the story of Saint Patrick.

And for today, I simply had to share these lush and beautifully designed gardens. The gardens were planted in 1861 by Julien De Cerval. De Cerval was an intense gardener who gave the last thirty years of his life to build Marqueyssac. "It is almost exclusively made up of clipped box but near the chateâu this is clipped into elaborate swirling designs and includes paths of clipped rosemary and santolina. There is then a much wilder walk in woodland and clipped box which meanders 130 metres above the river giving fabulous views. There is an area with swings and a picnic area and during the summer on certain days children older than 6 can learn rock climbing. During the summer each Thursday evening the gardens are lit by candlelight and various musicians play in different parts of the garden. A magical experience not to be missed. The Gardens at Marqueyssac are one of the few Dordogne attractions to remain open all year round." Breathtaking...

Quote: link | Images: The Gardens Of Marqueyssac, discovered via knstrct,

30 comments:

  1. Sarah,
    These are gorgeous images. Can you imagine having gardens like this one? Wow.
    Happy St. Patricks day to you too!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Wow. I just adore these gardens! It lights up the child in me, running and hiding in them, something I've always wanted to do!

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  3. Wow. Amazing! I would love to visit there... so detailed. Happy St.Patrick's Day Sarah!

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  4. Dearest Sarah,

    If more maniacal people would leave behind such treasures for others to enjoy we would live in a better world! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you...

    Love,

    Mariette

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  5. good grief that is one beautiful garden...i adore that formal french style...

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  6. omg...how beautiful are these images...particularly the twilight shots..so whimsical..straight out of a fairytale...happy st. patty's day to you too sarah!! xx meenal

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  7. Wow, this seems like such a magical place (especially with the candles lit). I'd love to go there one day!

    Also, thank you for those super sweet comments (make me blush), I heart you!

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  8. This garden is so beautiful it's surrealistic! Thank you for sharing!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

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  9. Dear Sarah - I went here eight years ago and it is as beautiful as it is in the photos. I only wished that we stayed longer and that I had photos. They were in a CD that somehow got lost. Thanks for sharing and making me remember beautiful times!

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  10. Id love to go there next time. Im putting it in my dream french trip

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  11. How amazing! I would absolutely love to go visit there! Happy St. Patrick's Day, Sarah :) xoxo

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  12. Hi Sarah
    These gardens are divine!!! and the best St Pat's Day post I've seen... How pretty it looks at night.. I wonder if that has been altered or is.. as is... and I think I can spy the moon on the horizon... perfect!!!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.. and thanks for your kind comments my way... always brightens my day.. ciao xxxx Julie

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  13. Simply gorgeous...can you imagine being the one with the clippers?!!

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  14. Amazing! Absolutely gorgeous! Gosh, it really inspires me to not let the weeding get out of hand this year...thank you for these. I just love the second to last photo with the soft light...breathtaking.

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  15. This is incredible, Sarah - as always.

    Andrea x
    andreareh.blogspot.com

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  16. Truly amazing! Art is to be found in so many forms. Ada

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  17. Sarah,
    Thank you so much of sharing these gardens with us!!!! It is breathtaking!! I have never heard about it before!!!
    Just stunning! Thank you!
    xx
    Greet

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  18. Simplesplendidthings: oh, perfect—I am envious of your trip. How beautiful this place must have been... perhaps another is needed with backup images? :)

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  19. Oh my goodness! This is sooooooo beautiful! Sort of relevant, sort of not: Last night I watched Knight & Day (AWFUL, AWFUL MOVIE!) and towards the end they are in Spain and in one of the villian's mansions and they show the garden. GORGEOUS! Haha, but anyway, loved this post! Have a great weekend :)

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  20. Amazing! this architecture in the garden...:-)

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  21. Biaa: yes, it was not the best movie, haha, for certain, but loved a few aspects of it, and quite remember that incredible garden :)

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  22. This is doubly amazing, I'm Irish and I got my wedding Photos taken in the Gardens, cheers for the sudden happy memory.

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  23. Mack: that is wonderful! I can only imagine how memorable and beautiful that would be. On another note, I hope to visit Ireland someday soon—it looks quite stunning there as well :)

    Have a fabulous weekend.

    Regards,
    Sarah

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  24. what an incredible garden! love.

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  25. I LOVE this!! For some reason, I've never heard of these gardens!! How spectacular!! And never realized you were a redhead! I am auburn but true redhead coloring - ie - blue white!!

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  26. woww love that last picture with the lights. can't stop looking at it xx

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  27. Love these gardens...heading there for their annual Easter Egg Hunt next month! Cannot wait. Les Jardins de Marqueyssac are just 5 minutes from the little cottage we renovated across the way. Come visit!

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  28. Quintessence: we redheads must stick together :)

    Stephmodo: thank you for the invitation—how kind of you! If I head over to France somewhat soon (and I would love to) I will let you know for certain...

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