France: the chateau gardens that inspired Versailles

 
 
The owners of Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte are celebrating the 400th birthday of landscape architect Andre Le Notre, who designed the grounds and gardens of the estate southeast of Paris.
The owners of Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte are celebrating the 400th birthday of landscape architect Andre Le Notre, who designed the grounds and gardens of the estate southeast of Paris.
Beatrice Lecuyer-Bibal

No, that’s not Versailles shown here. It’s the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, completed in 1661 southeast of Paris, whose lavish gardens inspired the ones at Versailles. The current owners of this chateau are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of landscape architect André Le Nôtre, who designed the gardens. King Louis XIV was so taken with the grounds that he commissioned Le Nôtre for his palace at Versailles. The anniversary celebration includes a new exhibition at the chateau and two tours of the gardens.

Details: www.vaux-le-

vicomte.com/en/

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