Musée franco-américain du Château de Blérancourt (C) RMN-GP / G. Blot

The Landscapers

Château de Blérancourt - RMN-GP / Marc Poirier
L'arche du potager
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The New World Gardens are located on the site of the château’s former vegetable garden, reached through an arch. Like the old château, this arch is made of local cut stone from the quarries of Soissonais and is listed as a Historic Monument.

The New World Garden

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.

 

Plan Blérancourt

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The White Garden

Flowering season : spring (april-may)

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.

Floral composition :
Its central flowerbed is composed exclusively of white and blue flowers: iris, jasmine, wisteria, peony, columbine, marigold and oriental poppy. Plants well known to Americans, but of international origin.

Mark Rudkin
Educated as a painter, Mark Rudkin is a well-known American landscaper. He studies expressionist painting in London and New York. He has designed numerous public and private gardens, notably the garden of the Palais Royal and the garden of the United States ambassador’s residence in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Pink Garden

Flowering season : summer (june, july, august)

Madison Cox, an American landscape designer, was inspired by the surrounding walls to frame his garden, created in 1989, with boxwoods of different heights

Floral composition :

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.

Madison Cox
Madison Cox is a famous American landscape architect who lives in New York. He has lived in Paris and has worked in France for 12 years. He is the author of two books: The Private Garden in Paris and Artist’s Gardens

 

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The Yellow Garden

Flowering season : summer (july-october)

Composed by the American Mark Rudkin and the Frenchman Michel Boulcourt in 1989, it comprises  two distinct parts, each of which offers a range of colours.

Floral composition :

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.

Mark Rudkin and Michel Boulcourt
Educated as a painter, Mark Rudkin is a well-known American landscaper. He studies expressionist painting in London and New York. He has designed numerous public and private gardens, notably the garden of the Palais Royal and the garden of the United States ambassador’s residence in Paris.
An advisor for the Fédération Française du Paysage (French Landscape Federation) and a professor, the Frenchman Michel Boulcourt is also a botanical gardener. He designs private or public parks and gardens and is currently working on the organisation of exterior spaces of the future Contemporary Art Museum of Bangkok

 

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The Garden of Memory : blue, white, red

Flowering season : spring (late May to early July)

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.

Floral composition :

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.

Mark Rudkin
Educated as a painter, Mark Rudkin is a well-known American landscaper. He studies expressionist painting in London and New York. He has designed numerous public and private gardens, notably the garden of the Palais Royal and the garden of the United States ambassador’s residence in Paris.