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