garden tales from a Brit abroad
I am pleased to be celebrating the anniversary with an article in the Journal of the Garden History Society.
Titled “Recollections and Hopes,” the article explores the history of the Le Nôtre gardens at Vaux le Vicomte, southeast of Paris – not through plans and layouts and analysis of physical changes, but through people’s personal memories and impressions of the gardens over time.
The article argues that preserving people’s recollections of a garden is just as important as conserving its physical properties; indeed, as John Dixon Hunt has declared, given the propensity of all gardens to change and ultimately disappear, chronicling our responses to them “becomes the only true form of historic preservation.”
For those who have not been to Vaux, I would urge you to go – and add to the memories and associations of this magical place.