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The breathtaking and expansive Gardens of the Chateau of Versailles, photographed from the air, are the epitome of French Formal Gardens. They were created by the great master architect-gardener Andre LeNotre who expanded techniques and elements he began at the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The Sun King Louis XIV gave unprecedented power and resources that included the use of Army soldiers in clearing of woods, draining of swamps and digging lakes & canals. The gardens cover hundreds of square miles containing some 1400 fountains many of which still work and can be seen today.

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3 minutes Video of the breathtaking and expansive Gardens of the Chateau of Versailles from the air. These are the epitome of French Formal Gardens. They were created by the great master architect-gardener Andre LeNotre who expanded techniques and elements he began at the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The Sun King Louis XIV gave unprecedented power and resources that included the use of Army soldiers in clearing of woods, draining of swamps and digging lakes & canals. The gardens cover hundreds of square miles containing some 1400 fountains many of which still work and can be seen today.

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Jean-Pierre Raynaud’s House

Jean-Pierre Raynaud is a French artist who is most famous for his project at La Maison in La Celle-Saint-Cloud in Paris. In 1969, he began to build a house with an interior composed almost entirely of white tiles, evenly spaced out, with black grout joints. Five years later, his house was open to the public. Unfortunately, in 1988, Raynaud entered into self-imposed “wilderness” and the house was closed and subsequently demolished in 1993. The fragments of Raynaud’s house have since been exhibited in various installations since.

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Wellesley…..the country estate of the Hunnewell Family….Wellesley Massachusetts….perhaps the best preserved of the private botanical gardens in the United States. Starting in the 1840s the family planted rare specimen trees and grew tender exotics in the conservatory. Many of the trees were planted from seeds that were brought back by plant explorers from the Arnold Arboretum starting in the 1880s. Among the first dawn redwoods were planted here. The clipped trees in the Italian Garden are represented by photos taken in the 1870s and 1990s. The boathouse was built in 1865, to house a gondola.

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Villa Garzoni Collodi da Julian Weyer