Negresco n°3 2014
Negresco n°3 2014
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2 8 It was in the mid-1850s, when the railway arrived here, that foreign visitors, British ones especially, started importing exotic plants and trees to create extraordinary gardens. Native species being few (olive trees, cypresses, Aleppo pines, jujube trees…), this grew into a tradition. Gardens of every sort – botanical and historical, collectors’and artists’– flourished throughout the region but particularly in Menton’s Garavan district, protected by a microclimate from the cold winds from the Alps. Here the tropical American annona, among others, found a home from home. Traditional French gardens were formal, British ones wilder and more romantic, their irregular layouts imitating nature and so J A R D I N S D’E D E N increasing the poetic attraction of the place. The Serre de la Madone garden in Menton, designed by the great botanist Lawrence Johnston, is a fine example, as too is the garden of the Rothschild villa in the old British quarter of Cannes, which even has a scent garden. Replicating the British approach, the INRA-managed botanical garden at Villa Thuret on Cap d’Antibes offers an enchanting discovery of 1600 rare and exotic trees and shrubs, all labelled. The foreigners imported a vast array of plants and trees native to the southern hemisphere  : mimosas and acacias from Australia, araucarias, flamboyant trees, eucalyptus... These historic gardens conceived as beds are at their loveliest in winter. Val Rameh in Menton flaunts bamboos, agaves and palm trees while the private garden of Le Clos du Peyronnet* invites you to admire South African bulbs. In the Thirties, gardens took on new forms inspired by Spain or Italy. This was when the artist’s garden at Villa Domergue in Cannes was created, along the lines of Tuscany’s Renaissance gardens, and the garden of Cimiez Monastery in Nice, which has a remarkable collection of roses. * Visits by appointment.

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