The similarity between the Versailles garden and our logo

Have you ever visited Versailles gardens in France?
We were really surprised and overwhelmed by the magnificent beauty of this fairy garden. What is even more special is when one of our patrons discovered that there was a similarity between our logo and the design of this garden.
We are also really proud of that. Now let's explore this old garden with us

Visit Gardens of the Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles with its magnificent gardens is in Versailles on the western edge of Paris. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the second most visited monument in the World. 

1. History of formation and development of French garden

Jardin à la française developed from the French Renaissance garden, a style inspired by the Italian Renaissance garden in the early 16th century. The typical Italian gardens are the Boboli Gardens in Florence and the Medici mansion in Fiesole. by small gardens or small plots designed in a geometric layout and put them symmetrically; using a combination of fountains and waterfalls to make the garden, paths, stairs, and ramps change with each garden, there are caves, mazes, and statues on the theme of myths. The gardens were designed to symbolize the harmony and order, the ideal of the Renaissance, and to recall the virtues of ancient Rome.

One of the largest gardens ever made the gardens of the Palace of Versailles are laid out on an enormous scale. The gardens are a superb example of French-Style formal gardens.

Designed by André Le Notre the canals and fountains and water features are a key feature of the gardens. With 372 statues, 55 water features, 600 fountains, and 35km of canals you can't help but be impressed.

Plan of the Gardens of Versailles

The garden covers 800 hectares which includes 300 hectares of forest and two 'French' gardens, the 'Petit Parc' and the 'Trianon'

This is the formal French-style of gardening at its best. Everything is impeccably kept. The massive number of topiaries are all clipped into immaculate shapes and the sheer splendour is amazing. This is a garden that was designed to impress and it certainly does.

The Palace de Versailles

Of course whilst you are at the gardens you can't miss a visit to the Chateau de Versailles which is one of the most important, and beautiful, buildings in France. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed the gardens were designed to be seen from inside the Chateau in order to really admire the patterns and symmetry.

The Chateau de Versailles began life as the hunting lodge of Louis XIII but was massively expanded and transformed by his son Louis XIV who also ordered the gardens to be designed and laid out. The Hall of Mirrors is perhaps the most famous of all the rooms in the chateau and is the most ostentatious display of wealth and power in a chateau built as a showcase of wealth and power.

The French court was moved here in 1682 and stayed until the French Revolution in 1789.

Palace of Versailles gardens

2.The main characteristics of French garden design

The focus of the garden tends to be the house, usually a palace or castle, and the radiating paths provide axial views.

A central axis leads out from the house and is perpendicular to the house. The axis extends to the horizon (Versailles) or to the statue or an architectural element (Vaux-le-Vicomte). The axis turns to the south (Vaux-le-Vicomte, Meudon) or to the east (Tuilerirs, Clagny, Trianon, Sceaux). The main axis consists of a lawn, or several pots of water bordered by trees.

The gravel path and ledge combine with the square trimmed fence, and the bonsai is placed in symmetrical pots.

The main layout of the garden is designed in geometric form and correlated with each other, considered the most important. The gardens near the residence are covered with broderies, designed in low wooden boxes to resemble patterns of carpets, providing a colorful effect by planting flowers or with colored bricks, pebbles and sand.

The water element is often a major feature of the French garden design, with lots of round and rectangular rectangles combined, along with the reflection of water plus the symmetry that creates the tranquility of the frame. scene. Fountains and waterfalls are also popular that make up the highlight, which is the dynamic element.

The overall context is designed in a way that looks outward, so the area near the house to be planted at low levels is usually broad, little or no trees. The Parterres area near the home can be quite complex and tend to be simpler from a grass-covered home.

The main architectural element here is that the statue is very beautiful to be combined with, in addition to the combination with the hut to create a highlight for the garden.

In the formal French gardens, there is usually a terrace from the beginning or the intersection to see the whole garden from above.

The garden is constantly changing, like sculptures, according to the mythical theme.

Colors, flowers and plants: 17th-century French gardens have very little flower decoration, colors are limited, mainly blue, pink, white and mauve. In 1730, brighter colors like gold, red, and orange were introduced from all over the world to Europe. Ornamental plants, stand-alone trees or shrubs trimmed into a geometric form appear much to decorate in Versailles and gardens, interspersed with statues and vases. The trees in the park are cut horizontally and flattened at the top, giving them the desired geometric shape, only in the 18th century, they were allowed to grow freely. The trees used in Versailles are mainly: hornbeam, beech, elm, linden and chestnut.

3.The basic elements that makeup the French garden

  • Trees, water and other elements are aligned and symmetrical
  • Space is neat and placed in the determined position
  • Cool colors
  • Combining stone elements.
  • The alignment and symmetry are the main characteristics of French gardens, imposing order on nature. An example of this layout method is the garden at the Palace of Versailles. It is easy to see the symmetrical gravel roads, the trees are square cut, the axes are connected together. Trees are often planted identical, trimmed into decorative shapes such as balls, triangles, people want to shape its development, want to master nature.

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