Indagare French Gardens Club: The Evolution of Garden Styles through the Centuries

Horticultural expert, guide, author (and rose lover) Amy Kupec Larue will lead you on a virtual tour of four iconic Parisian gardens: The Tuileries, Parc de Bagatelle, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Parc Clichy-Batignolles (Martin Luther King). Through this four-part lecture series, you will gain a greater understanding of the design elements that define each period, as well as their historical importance—and their beauty.

4 sessions, June 9, 23, 30; July 21, 2021
Each session is one hour. 

Club Fee: $650

Insider Journeys French Gardens Trip information and itinerary coming soon: We are currently planning an Insider Journey: French Gardens trip to Paris with Amy Kupec Larue in September 2021. Email to be added to the list to be the first to receive the itinerary when it is released.

  • Wednesday, June 9th at 12:00 p.m. ET: Jardin des Tuileries - 16th & 17th Centuries
    For many historians, Notre Dame is the heart and soul of Paris; for garden lovers, it is The Tuileries. One of Paris’s largest parks, this iconic garden is also one of its oldest, having witnessed over 450 years of historic events and celebrations. It was originally occupied by 12th-century tile makers, and later Catherine de Medici created the first Florentine paradise here in 1564. One hundred years later, it was “modernized” by André LeNôtre, who laid the blueprint for the city’s development. The often-lauded restoration work by Louis Benech and Pascal Cribier in the 1990s beautifully preserved its heritage while softening some of the formal lines and creating more user-friendly spaces. They added 1,500 trees, including new groves and flower beds throughout, to enhance this exceptional public garden.

  • Wednesday, June 23rd at 12:00 p.m. ET: Parc de Bagatelle - 18th Century
    Tucked into a far corner of the Bois de Boulogne is a rare time capsule of garden design that began with a bet: Marie Antoinette dared her brother-in-law, the Comte d’Artois, to create a châ
    teau worthy of a queen, while she went on holiday to Fontainebleau in the fall of 1777.  Having won the bet 67 days later, he went on to create a fashionable Anglo-Chinese park with exotic follies, several of which still embellish this 60-acre garden. During the 19th century, the gardens were enlarged with the addition of rolling lawns and English bedding schemes to the cascades, ponds and streams. The botanical collections, begun in the 20th century, include both herbaceous and tree peonies, irises, water lilies, as well as a world-famous rose garden. Introduced in 1907, the International New Rose Competition takes place here every June, with rose lovers coming from around the world to judge and celebrate the latest creations.
  • Wednesday, June 30th at 12:00 p.m. ET: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont - 19th Century
    This breathtaking garden is perched on the northeastern corner of Paris and was an important showpiece of the Second Empire. Known as the “Bald Hill,” this abandoned open-air quarry had become a garbage dump before being transformed in record time for the World’s Fair in 1867. While possessing all the elements of a Haussmannian park, its true beauty lies in—and must be discovered from—its various levels and vantage points. An impressive escarpment surrounded by a graceful man-made lake greets you at the main entrance, facing the 19th arrondissement’s City Hall. Various bridges, including one by a young Gustave Eiffel, link the garden’s many sections and changing panoramas. We will also discover some of the 19th-century industrial achievements that were used to create picturesque effects, including a 90-foot cascade, along with many historical and romantic references hidden throughout the park.

  • Wednesday, July 21st at 12:00 p.m. ET: Parc Clichy-Batignolles (Martin Luther King) - 21st Century
    The 17th arrondissement of Paris has been transformed by the construction of a modern and vibrant 25-acre park, which crosses over the St. Lazare train lines, connecting two neighborhoods which had been previously separated. Created as part of the bid for the 2012 Olympics to be the Olympic Village, what was once a large industrial site is now an inspiring and varied collection of ecologically designed offices and housing developments with the garden at its heart. Three themes guided the park’s design: the four seasons, sports and water, while reflecting the city’s commitment to ecological practices. With grasses and natural planting schemes, lawns, walkways and multiple play areas, it is the ultimate urban playground.


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