Garden Writers
Amsterdam Belgium 2006
July, 2006
 

Sunday July 9th was our last tour day so after breakfast we began our day with a visit to The Gardens of Annevoie. Designed and laid out between 1758 and 1776 by Charles-Alexis de Montpellier, the gardens are an authentic historical record and above all a living work of art. The 17th century French-style pleasure gardens at Annevoie were alone in adopting the Italianate and English styles in the 18th century. As a result of the amalgamation of these three cultures, the gardens were referred to as European style gardens. Over twenty ornamental lakes and ponds fed by some fifty water jets, fountains and cascades go to make up water gardens which are unique of their type. Four springs act as feeders, while the Rouillon, the river that runs across the site, takes care of water collection and distribution.

Charles Alexis had the sheer genius to locate the main reservoir, a 400 m long canal at the highest point as well as installing a spring. It was an ingenious discovery that enabled the principle of communicating vessels to be utilized. Everything works entirely naturally; the water has been flowing non-stop for over 230 years and does so throughout the year. The meadow, woods and the hermitage estate surrounding the gardens give the site its intimacy and offer substantial potential reserves for future development of the gardens. Gravel drives, water features, sculptures, statues, trompe-l'oeil, remarkable trees, canals, woods sprinkled with stone remains (bridges, false grottoes, etc.) make it an exceptional location. I had been to this garden on a previous visit and had taken a lot of pictures, but I have to admit my favourite one has to be of the swan.

It was an incredible tour, so much to see and so many memories…


 


 

 

 

 

 


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