One of the best factor about having created My French Nation House is the various proficient folks I get to satisfy. From artists, to writers, to photographers, to cooks… and typically additionally backyard designers. I simply love backyard design!

I first met Philippe Dubreuil a few years in the past after I visited his unbelievable backyard. Created from scratch within the Perche area of Normandy, should you love gardens, then Les Jardins de Montperthuis are undoubtedly well worth the detour.

mixed border at Montperthuis gardens
The beautiful colours of Les Jardins de Montperthuis amaze the attention

Having lived and labored in France, England and america, Philippe felt the urge to get again to his roots. So, he got down to discover the perfect place to create his own residence and backyard.

He ended up shopping for a bit of land with nothing on it however a few deserted century-old stone farm buildings. When it comes to the backyard, there have been two previous bushes, however nothing extra.

The previous stone barns have been superbly built-in into the backyard design

However, Philippe’s backyard design began to come back collectively. One weekend he sat down and put the entire thing to paper – and he has caught to that imaginative and prescient ever since!

Now, with its passages of bushes and pathways begging to be adopted, guests are invited to intuitively wander the gardens from ‘room’ to ‘room’.

Corrugated borders and tree lined pathways lead you additional into the backyard

Ten years later, his backyard has been formally acknowledged as a ‘Jardin Remarquable’. This coveted French award is one to look out for if you end up touring the French countryside.

Right now, Philippe designs gardens world wide. From his residence in Normandy and his workplace in Paris, he liaises with shoppers from California to Cape Cod, and from Paris to Morocco. Not solely does he sort out big properties, but in addition small Parisian city gardens, the place house is at a premium.

Philippe works on each big gardens and tiny Parisian backyards

I used to be fortunate this fall to have Philippe go to my very own backyard. Earlier than arriving he discovered me on Google Earth and took a lay of the land. When he arrived we spent nearly two hours wandering round (my backyard is just not that large!). I defined how the backyard has grown so far. As I shared a few of my concepts for future improvement, Philippe weighed in along with his personal spontaneous solutions for enhancements. A couple of days later he kindly despatched me over this sketch of his concepts.

It felt like a second of pure luxurious to have this grasp designer appraise our household backyard. With each backyard design, Philippe’s imaginative and prescient is crystal clear. And I am trying ahead to having my very own sliver of perfection after I put his concepts into motion this spring! Right now on Instagram I clarify precisely the place Philippe’s solutions would intervene.

If you wish to contact Philippe in your personal property, the most effective factor is to pop over to his web site and ship him an electronic mail.

By gerard