General organization and design of the park created by the famous landscape Achille Duchène at the request of Mr. and Mrs. Drouilly date from the beginning of the 20th century. Achille Duchène opposed to the British landscape art, very popular in France since the 19th century, by imposing a return to the tradition of the French gardens. Designated landscape of high society, he drew over 6,000 gardens around the world.
The French garden is an extension of the dwelling, it domesticate and order the nature according to the principles of geometry, optics and perspective. The garden is drawn as an edifice ; visitors pass though a succession of rooms following a pre-established journey.
Nowadays, thanks to the willingness of the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Sarfati and to the collaboration of the very good gardener Alain Liabeuf and the gifted landscape architect Georges Hayat, restorations and new creations follows one another.This historical place sanctified by the time, restored and reinvented is remarkable, the ornamental lake and fountain, designed by Achille Duchène have been rehabilitated as the topiary garden and its Chinese pavilion. The 1920s small romantic garden in a daisy shape, the medicinal herbs garden and the bunch of lime-trees called the “Green Cathedral” amazingly crossed time. Bicentenary trees have seen new gardens growing… The Italian Renaissance garden, the green arbour with roses-trees decorated arches, the wave’s garden and the small garden scents designed by Georges Hayat beautifully complement the whole.
The temple of Solomon and the garden of butterflies are underway and a Chinese garden and a rose garden on the drawing board… A lot to surprise and charm the visitors along the way, from the diversity of plants (remarkable trees, fruit trees, shrubs, beeches, boxwood and yew topiars, conifers, annual flowers…) to the beauty of the garden furniture “grand siècle”, the sculptures and the Tuscany ceramics.
The gardens have been awarded the Remarkable gardens label, and received the Grand Prix EBTS (French Association for Topiary Art and Buis) in 2016.