Garden Installment – France

While Italian Renaissance gardens seem to have dedicated significant time to symmetry within their plans, the french took a more asymmetrical view.

This seems to be a similarity between the Italian gardens of the time. It would not be far-fetched to say that France gather many of their gardening aspects from Italians when they conquered their lands and took spoils with them – such as tapestries, paintings, sculpture, and even Italian craftsmen. But what then sets a French Renaissance garden apart from those in Italy?

King Louis XII had married his cousin’s widow, Anne of Brittany and they both shared a love for plants and gardens. Naturally they collaborated to bring one of the most recognized plant indentification books of the period, Book of Hours. The book is also quite popular for it’s beautiful pages, decorated by Jean Bourdichon.

Some french gardens were filled with fuit and flowers while…

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