Monsieur de Monville's Garden is a collection of carefully chosen sites, in English and French, relating to landscape architecture, gardening, botany, and horticulture.
Do you have a green thumb? Want to visit famous European gardens? Curious about follies? Need to conduct some research into horticulture or landscape architecture? You will find the best resources on this page.
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SITES IN ENGLISH EXCEPT WHERE NOTED SITES EN FRANCAIS
The Duchess of Northumberland and landscape architect Jacques Wirtz have created a visionary garden inspired by eighteenth-century gardens such as the Desert de Retz. The Alnwich Garden boasts a Grand Cascade, one of the largest rose gardens in Europe, a 560 square-meter treehouse and the Poison Garden complete with a hundred varieties of toxic plants. Read the article by Christopher Mason in the July 17, 2008, issue of the New York Times. View a multimedia slide show with 14 pictures of the Duchess of Northumberland and her garden, and visit the The Alnwick Garden website.
The American Floral Endowment has conducted comprehensive floriculture research. The results of this research are posted on the Endowment's extensive Research Database Links. The site is designed to aid florists and others to quickly locate scientific floriculture/horticulture research information.
AuJardin.info, conseils en jardinage et en plantes. Le calendrier lunaire, les fiches de la saison, les conseils, au jardin potager, au jardin frutier, au jardin d'ornement, au bassin, au balcon, à la maison.
The Botanical Garden Information System, is a bilingual site in German and English sponsored by Universität Ulm. The site catalogues botanical gardens in almost 70 countries around the world and includes almost a score of links to sites about French gardens. The listings are organized by country and the site boasts a site-specific search engine.
Cyberlandscape® offers convenient access to a dozen European sites relating to landscape architecure. Additional content includes pages on Garden Art and Gardening, the landscape, our green heritage and the environment. Designed for professionnal specialists as well as the amateur and the general public. Updated daily.
Formerly known as "Jane's Addictions: Visionary Environments," Kelly Ludwig's Detour Art is "dedicated to the sheer joy of outsider, folk, visionary, self-taught, vernacular art and environment discoveries found all along the back roads (and side streets) around the world." The site incorporates an extensive list of visionary environments and outside art worldwide, categorized by state and country. The site lists dozens of sites and artists in France, many with illustrations, descriptions and links.
The DiCamillo Companion to British and Irish Country Houses is the product of architectural historian Curt DiCamillo's attempt to catalogue all the country houses ever built in Britain and Ireland.
The data base, currently listing over 6,500 houses, can be accessed by county, architect, or date. You can even find the houses where films have been shot. Each house has its own entry; many include photographs of the houses and grounds.
The site has links to related websites and, as a bonus, a directory of everything you ever wanted to know about Lord Worcestercleucch, his ancestors, and his country house, Cherryton Park, Dussex. Informative and delightful.
Famous Gardens and their Designers. Take a virtual tour of the world's great gardens and explore the work of important landscape architects on this excellent About.com site moderated by Jackie Craven. The About network consists of over 700 Guide sites neatly organized into 36 channels. The sites cover more than 50,000 subjects with over 1 million links to the best resources on the Net and the fastest-growing archive of high quality original content.
Fleurs des Champs. Trouvez sur ce site les 350 espèces de plantes sauvages les plus couramment rencontrées en France. Les champignons communs. Déterminer le nom d'une fleur.
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) is an environmental educational program of the University of Florida Extension informing homeowners how they can be more environmentally friendly with their landscape practices and help to protect Florida's natural environment for future generations. On its Themed Gardens page, FYN has provided links to dozens of websites related to gardening, including a link to the Racine de Monville Home Page.
Follies of Europe is the title of a book by Nic Barlow, Tim Knox and Caroline Holmes. They've also created a website, enhanced with beautiful color photogaphs of fascinating follies found in Austria, France--including the Desert de Retz-- Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Pavilions of Splendour, the listed building specialists in the United Kingdom, has provided a section on Follies, Grottoes & Garden Buildings on its
Architectural Heritage Web Pages. Don't miss the color photographs of
ten great British follies and the list of
books about follies English, both in and out of print.
Take a look at a new website curated by Ronald W. Kenyon and consisting of news articles about French Gardens entitled Gardens in France from the Middle Ages to the Present. It's hosted by news agregator Scoop.it.
An English Monville? Annette Lloyd Thomas has created an informative site devoted to John “Mad Jack” Fuller, Squire of Brightling, a younger contemporary of Francois Racine de Monville--Fuller lived from 1757 to 1834; Monville from 1734 to 1797.
Like Monville, Fuller was an eccentric who associated with many notable figures of his day and had a penchant for constructing follies. And, like Monville, Fuller’s follies included a pyramid, an obelisk and a classical temple.
Visit the site for photographs of Mad Jack Fuller’s follies and information about the prominent members of his social circle.
Kirk Johnson writes an excellent column on Garden Design at Suite 101 and maintains numerous links to Italian, French, British, Dutch, German, Austrian, Eastern European, Islamic, Chinese, Japanese and North American gardens. This rich resource also hosts discussions on gardens.
Web author and publisher Karen Fletcher has created a sensational site called The Garden Gate which was selected by Forbes Magazine for inclusion in its Best of the Web list for 2002. A user-friendly home page allows the visitor to navigate easily throughout the rich content of the site. Sections include the Reading Room, containing online books, magazines and catalogues; the Teaching Garden, with databases, glossaries, FAQs and plant lists; a Garden Shop; and links to mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups and forums. Highly recommended.
Edwinna von Baeyer has created a very extensive list of Garden History Links Around the World. Categories include Canada, the United States, Europe, France, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, China/Japan and Australia. Updated regularly.
Although the Garden History Society web site has very little content aside from a cumulative index of the Society's publications, its Garden History Links to sites, archives, databases and other garden resources are very useful, and the online Forum allows visitors to share information, advice and opinions about garden history with others.
Jim Parra, the retired Garden Center Coordinator at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas, has created the Gardening Launch Pad, with over 4,689 links in scores of categories. The site includes the gardening tip of the week, current and archived articles, a book store and a list of preferred vendors.
The Garden History, Visit and Travel Guide has a section on garden tours and maps of more than 1,000 historic gardens to visit in the British Isles, Europe and America.
Erica Bess Duncan, a gardener in Houston, Texas, has created Garden Spot, an illustrated gardening weblog. Read Erica's posts and link to other garden blogs and garden websites.
Visit the GardenWeb, the largest gardening site on the Web, with articles on gardening, directories of nurseries, gardens and gardening organizations, an interactive glossary with over 4,400 terms relating to botany, gardening, horticulture and landscape architecture, an events calendar, a searchable plant database, a mystery plant contest, and much more.
Covering more than 90 different plants, regions and topics, the GardenWeb Forums allow you to tap the collective wisdom of the thousands of other users who visit GardenWeb each day. You can post queries on plant care, how to deal with a landscaping problem or perhaps initiate a discussion on your favorite subject.
Le Jardinage en France, un forum GardenWeb pour discuter le jardinage en France.
If you like architecture, you will love the Great Buildings Collection.
Historic Gardens is the website of the Historic Garden Foundation, established in the United Kingdom in 1995 to create links between everyone concerned with the preservation, restoration and management of historic parks and gardens and promote greater official awareness of this important but often neglected aspect of our national and international heritage.
The Historic Garden Foundation publishes the Historic Garden Review three times a year and posts back issues on the site. Additional information on the site includes news and features, articles only available online and links.
History of Landscape Architecture is a colossal collection of photographs and other images to accompany a series of lectures on the history of landscape architecture given by Kenneth Helphand at the University of Oregon.
The images are organized into eighteen categories: Gardens Agriculture, Egypt, Greece, Roman, Primitive, Paradise Gardens, Islamic, Spanish, Moghul, Medieval Gardens, Forest, French Gardens, Pastoral, English Gardens, Parks Movement, America 18th-19th Century, and Boston. Unfortunately, there is no text and the site is not searchable, although each image is captioned. You just select a category, jump in, and enjoy!
Hortus Oasis, a site by Stephen and Kristin Pategas, contains sections on landscape design, garden photography, educational programs and garden design tips. See particularly their selection of Favorite Public Gardens.
Information Gardens features British gardens that are open to the general public, organized according to county. Included are many of the most famous and many of the lesser known, but equally as glorious: seasonal gardens, historic gardens, parklands, period gardens, cottage gardens, and garden museums.
Etudiants, pépiniéristes, paysagistes, spécialistes de l'aménagement paysager, horticulteurs, botanistes, jardiniers, artistes ou profanes: Delphine et Thierry Jouet vous invite au Jardin des JOUET. Ces passionnés du jardinage vous aident à connaître et à choisir les végétaux selon vos goûts, vos besoins, votre sol, votre climat. Vous réaliserez ainsi un jardin unique et personnel.
Visiter surtout la page des photos des plantes, végétaux, arbres, arbustes, vivaces en floraison selon les mois de l'année.
Destiné aux enseignants, Jardinons à l'école vous incite à découvrir les plantes et les activites de jardinage, obtenir des conseils, des astuces, des sources d'information et échanger vos expériences, vos idées, et vos interrogations. Faîtes entrer, organisez et développer le jardinage à l'école. Site réalisé par le GNIS, le Groupement National Interprofessionnel des Semences et Plantes.
Jardicom: Le Jardin Virtuel. Dictionnaire: tout sur le jardin, Calendrier du jardinage, L'éphéméride du jour, Annuaire: les professionnels du jardin, Manifestations autour du jardin, Catalogues: acheter à distance, Les médias et le jardin.
Kew Web is the site of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Had the Désert de Retz not fallen into abandon, it might have developed into a similar institution. The site has comprehensive information about Kew and access to information and databases.
Landscape Architecture Internet Resources lists an enormous selection of Internet resources pertaining to landscape architecture, selected to support the landscape architecture program at the University of California, Berkeley. Compiled by the Enverionmental Design Library. Start your research into landscape architecture on this superb site.
Read the online version of Landscape Architecture Magazine published by the American Sociey of Landscape Architects. Consult back issues in the archives or the index starting in April 1996.
Les Arbres. Né d'une passion, le site internet sur les arbres de Pierre-Yves Landouer est le fruit d'une quête de plus de dix ans. 1360 images sont répertoriées dans une base de données de feuilles, fleurs, écorces et silhouettes d'arbres.
Visit the online site of the Museum of Garden History in London. The world's first museum of garden history is located in the restored church of St Mary-at- Lambeth next to Lambeth Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the garden. Consult the database of plants. View the museum garden through the web cam.
The National Gardens Scheme is a British charity which raises money for nursing and caring charities by opening gardens of quality and interest to the public. The Scheme publishes the Yellow Book, a definitive reference guide to private gardens which open to the public. The site's Garden Finder is a unique search and mapping facility to plan your garden visits.
PlantsGalore.com, describes itself as the one-stop site for plant lovers. The site hosts an extensive list of gardening and horticulture resources on the Internet, including links to arboreta and horticultural gardens as well as plant clubs, societies and associations. There are around 3,000 gardens in its worldwide database including listings and links for over twenty gardens and arboreta in France.
The Postcode Plants Database generates lists of native plants and wildlife for any specified postal district in the UK. By typing in the first three or four characters of your postcode, you can obtain tailor-made lists of local plants, many of which are both hospitable to wildlife and suitable for gardens within your postal districts. Many outstanding color photographs. Sponsored by the Natural History Museum, London.
Rare Books from the Missouri Botanical Garden This web site, presented by the Missouri Botanical Garden Library and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, features 46 digitized volumes from the Rare Book collection. 16,133 pages and 2,050 beautiful botanical illustrations are currently available online. The Missouri Botanical Garden Library is also offering 10 prints, taken from Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, for sale through MBG Press.
SAPLING stands for "Sapling, the Architecture, Planning & Landscape INformation Gateway." SAPLING hosts links to over 700 sites, organized in several categories including architecture, construction, heritage, housing, landscape, and planning. Discriptions are provided for each site, along with a star rating system.
Scott's Botanical Links is organized through the Department of Botany and Microbiology of the University of Oklahoma. It consists of two parts; the Link of the Day gives a botanical reference and review of new material online, and a Subject Index is a catalogue of all the sites reviewed along with a short description of the site, a direct link to the site and a review of the site.
Sisley Garden Tours has compiled an extensive Directory of botanists, landscapers, gardeners and writers of note. "There are plant hunters, landscape and garden designers, authors of books on gardening down the ages, botanists, garden owners and others with close associations with gardens and gardening."
The Landscape Multimedia Research Center in Belgium has created a virtual landscape gallery called VILAR with a database of over 50,000 photographs of 1,100 European parks and gardens. Multiple search possibilities: chronogical, geographic, intuitive.
La conservation et la valorisation d’un patrimoine photographique en mettant à la disposition du Citoyen, par voie de banque de données numériques, différents regards de photographes sur l’évolution de notre héritage de Parcs et Jardins en Europe. VILAR
Monsieur de Monville's Garden is part of the Racine de Monville Home Page, the world's first and most comprehensive web site devoted to the Désert de Retz, an extraordinary garden created by François Racine de Monville in the last half of the 18th century and located in Chambourcy, near Paris.
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