La Louve

La Louve
La Louve...Garden of the She-Wolf, Bonnieux, France. La Louve is a private French contemporary garden, open to the public, in the town of Bonnieux in the Vaucluse Department of France. It was created beginning in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, textile designer for the Paris fashion house of Hermès. It is classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.


La Louve: Garden of the She-Wolf

Since so many people enjoyed the earlier pictures I posted of La Louve, I have decided to show more of this remarkable private garden. Created in 1986 by Nicole de Vesian, a textile designer with the fashion house of Hermes, La Louve was declared one of the "Notable Gardens of France" by the French ministry.

Open to the public twice a year by appointment only, I was privileged to be part of a small group given a personal tour by the present owner, American Judith Pillsbury. Ms. Pillsbury has lovingly added to and maintained the garden since Ms. Vesian sold it. At the ripe age of 84, the latter went on to create another, smaller garden in the village.

Located in the small village of Bonnieux, which is in the Vaucluse region in Southern France, the garden is a series of outdoor 'rooms' many of which are in the Asian style. Enjoy the tour while being aware this incredible garden is clinging to a steep mountainside hundreds of feet above the valley!

Cypress clipped into topiaries. The smaller bushes are clipped rosemary and santolina

Santolina and rosemary
Small grotto built into the mountainside
Path leading from lower gardens to upper terrace

Clipped boxwood

Small pool fed by a mountain stream

Mixed bed utilizing native plants

Thousands of stones from the surrounding mountains were brought to the garden to create terraces, recesses and buttresses


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Welcome to the blogging world!
Such a beautiful spot you have created here. I look forward to many visits.

April said...

Pam and Edward, my very warm thanks to you both. As many other bloggers before me have discovered, you meet some very nice people here!