André Le Nôtre was born into a family of talented gardeners. His father, Jean Le Nôtre, was the head gardener of King Louis XIII at the Tuileries Gardens. André overtook his father’s position of head gardener on June 26, 1637.
He was responsible for the areas of the gardens closest to the palace, including the Orangery which was built by Simon Bouchard. He was appointed “draughtsman of plants and terraces” for Anne of Austria in 1643 and in 1645-1646 he worked on the modernization of the gardens of the Chateau de Fontainebleau.
Le Nôtre expressed himself purely through his garden creations, seldom writing down his ideas and approaches to gardening. He even became a trusted advisor to King Louis XIV. Read More »
Titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum, is the largest flower in the world (not counting branched flowers) and when in bloom, a true marvel to behold. The above video from Cornell University shows the miraculous blooming process the plant goes through. Read More »
The mere thought of signposting with plants ushers in images of a classic-horror film titled, “The Shining.” Jack Torrance, portrayed by prolific actor, Jack Nicholson, is eager to finish the novel that he started writing but can’t because his sanity spirals out of control. He chases after his young son Danny, wildly swinging an axe in hand, into the garden maze only never to find his way back out of the maze- alive.
Fortunately, for everyday people, finding one’s way around a very large space, such as an airport or shopping center, doesn’t need to be as stressful as fleeing from an axe-wielding lunatic. Perhaps signposting can simultaneously invigorate and soothe the weary-eyed traveler. Read More »
The Ambius Designers with their 12 2013 PIA Awards
Every year, the plantscaping industry gathers for a few days in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada for the Plantscape Industry & Expo to share ideas and discuss trends. The expo is concluded by the annual PIA Awards Celebration Gala where the best projects in the industry are honored. The PIA Awards celebrate projects in the following categories: Design; Installation; Horticultural Service; Major Renovation; Special Events & Holiday; Atrium; Green Roof; Exterior Garden; Replica & Preserved; & Living Wall.
Thanks the hard work and imagination of our Designers, Ambius was bestowed with an amazing 12 PIA Awards in 2013. From towering living green walls to gorgeous atrium plant displays to astonishing commercial holiday designs, our designers submitted an amazing collection of projects for awards this year. We are so proud of their work and salute all our colleagues that worked hard on the design and installation of these projects. Below we have listed all the 2013 PIA Award-winning projects. Read More »