July 23, 2009
The Overhanging Gardens of Marqueyssac
I found this garden in the most recent German edition of Elle Decoration. The Gardens of Marqueyssac are situated on a cliff-like spur and overlook the Dordogne Valley in France. A French National Historical Monument, the gardens contain 150,000 century-old hand-pruned boxwoods edging 6 kilometers of shaded paths.
At first glance I found these topiaries whimsical yet somewhat repellent. I’ve never seen anything else like them. They look like hundreds of people hiding their heads - like grieving green ascetics. I’d love to see them in person and the website for the overhanging gardens of Marqueyssac is delightful.