Gardens Of The New World
Gardens Of The New World
The Gardens of the New World, unique in France, showcase a selection of flowers and shrubs originating from the American continent. Rare American varieties are planted beside common plants acclimated to our regions whose American origin has often been forgotten.
These are contemporary gardens, created thanks to the initiative of The American Friends of Blérancourt who entrusted the creation of the gardens to three landscapers: two Americans and one Frenchman.
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Created by American landscaper Mark Rudkin in 1997, it is attached to the gardens of the former vegetable patch and was created to flower in spring.
The central flowerbed is exclusively composed of white flowers and blue irises, jasmine flowers, wisteria, peony, columbine, bleeding heart, and oriental poppies.
These are all plants that Americans know well, but that are of international origin.
In bloom in April and May
Madison Cox found inspiration in the neighbouring walls and enclosed his garden, which was created in 1989, with box trees of various heights.
Two rectangular lawns mark the entrance to the garden. A tulip tree (liriodendron tulipifera) stands in the centre of each one. Shrubs and small trees that flower in the springtime line the perimeter of the garden.
Two large flowerbeds flanked by serpentine walkways edged with brushed bricks are geometrically divided into flowerbeds on either side of the great central walkway. These flowerbeds contain American annuals that form patches of colour. They are bordered by trimmed shrubs underlining the geometric shapes making the garden visually interesting in all seasons, even without the flowers. Beyond a cross walkway are two other flowerbeds: a circular one and a square one, that are filled with American annuals.
In bloom in June, July and August.
Designed by the American Mark Rudkin and the Frenchman Michel Boulcourt in 1989, it is made up of two distinct parts each offering a range of colours.
The first one to bloom in midsummer is like a ray of sunlight in shades of yellow and white: cosmos and sunflowers are found side by side with certain varieties of marigold, heliopsis, and primrose.
Separated by an emerald thuja hedge, the softness of autumn blooms later in the season with blue, violet, lilac and mauve tones: tall and dwarf asters, heliotropes, dahlias, verbena.
In bloom: from July to October
Designed for the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. It was created as a tribute to the soldiers, American and French, who lost their lives during the two world wars.
With a beautiful winding walkway running through it, the memorial garden is designed around a great tricolour prairie: poppies, cornflowers and cosmos blend together in a symphony of joyous blues, whites and reds that bring to mind the soldiers (poppies for the American and English soldiers and cornflowers for the French poilus) but also peace evoked by the white of the cosmos. This new garden was designed by the American landscaper Mark Rudkin who is also the creator of other gardens at the Château de Blérancourt and that was funded by a philanthropic donation from The American Friends of Blérancourt.
In bloom: from the end of May to the beginning of July