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La Forge Saint Alman d'Anjou Garden


The Garden

“La Vieille Cure” garden

The Garden La Vieille Cure de Quincé

Created in spring 2000 on a wasteland, Quincé old vicarage garden, Anjou, France

A garden is an ephemeral creation, rarely outliving its designer. It’s a humbling experience.

When we bought the priory of the old vicarage of Quincé, in Brissac-Quincé (Anjou), in spring 2000, we decided to landscape a French garden on a wasteland, by the shade of the residence. The site has been named after the “Saint Alman chapel”.

Our project was to restore the harmonious environment surrounding the priory, built in the XVth century and extended at the end of the XVIIIth century.

The result should look like the garden that we could draw 4 or 5 centuries earlier:

La forge saint alman d'anjou

The Garden

Created in spring 2000 on a wasteland, Quincé old vicarage garden, Anjou, FranceA smart combination of flowers and vegetables, as it used to be done at a time when things were useful as well as elegant and beautiful.

A large variety of roses is grown: dwarf and climbing rose bushes, long-stemmed roses… Thanks to the use of modern varieties of “repeat bloomers”, flowers are flourishing from May to the first frost of the winter.

Annual flowers are not left, ensuring an early and winter flowering (pansies, tulips, zinnias …)

As for vegetables, you will not find potatoes (the would be anachronistic), but all kinds of vegetables, expertly planted according to their color or shape and carefully arranged and sequenced in beds, set with box (buxus) hedges.

Measuring 1200 square-meters, the garden is enclosed by a three-sided stone wall and the residence on the north side. The land has been divided into 6 parts, separated by gravel paths.

The three sections facing the front of the house (south) are "green carpets" lined with polyanhtas and stem roses beds.

In the other three sections (north) grow vegetables and fruit trees.

A fountain stands at the crossing of the two main alleys.

 

a healing garden

And a garden of medicinal plants, “a healing garden” in the side alley. Medicinal and aromatic herbs were very common and numerous in medieval gardens.

The healing garden, or "jardins des simples", is composed of a circle shaped bed, divided in four parts, and surrounded by four more beds in shape of quadrants. The garden is marked out by boxwood bushes all around.

There are thyme, peppermint, lemon mint, rosemary, marjoram, savory, lavender, hyssop, sage, chives, and also annual herbs like dill and basil.

The Old Vicarage garden’s orchard has been planted with espaliered apple and pear trees.

Finally, the eastern and southern sides are bordered by grassy paths, covered with a trimmed arbour and opening to three vegetal arks via gravel paths.

Quincé’s Old Vicarage garden is a private property and is not open to the public.

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