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.


Garden Elements With Style

As Martha Baker states in her book "Garden Ornaments" (Clarkson Potter 1999), the garden is an outdoor room that is an extension of our homes, and, therefore, a personal expression of ourselves. Herewith, some gardens that have that personal expression.

East Hampton garden of interior designer Charlotte Moss

This is a simple trellis that could be built by almost anyone handy with hammer and nails. Many such trellises come ready made, found at local garden centers.  The dark green color is used almost universally, since it doesn't compete with the plantings.

Antique garden urn surrounded by a tangle of vines

Classical elements used sparingly in a garden can have enormous impact. Cement urns and supports (new or antique) can be found at antiques shops and shows around the country.

Shown is an antique cast-iron bird bath, but a cement one from the local garden center would work just as well. Create a circle of grass or moss, stack some bricks in the center to elevate the birdbath, add soil and moss or small climbing vines, and you have created a wonderful focal point in your garden or courtyard. This is an easy weekend project and on my list. And the birds would love it, too!

While we all can't live in a penthouse in New York, this setting of lacy white wrought-iron furniture can be created in an ordinary home garden. Fortunately, this Edwardian-era garden furniture has never gone out of style and pieces like these can be found at antiques shops and shows around the country.  Notice that the chairs and tables are not matched, but since they are of the same era, everything goes together.  The string of bare bulbs lighting the scene shows that the owner isn't taking things too seriously!