« Jardins à la française » and a park connecting the forest and the Castle

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  • Meeting point : At the foot of the Castle’s stairway
  • 2.30 – 4 PM (tbc)
  • By M. Thierry Lerche, HeadGardener of the Fontainebleau Castle
  • English translation : organization in progress

Guided tour of the Garden and the Park of the Fontainebleau Castle

Context/ Background : Forest and Garden form an indivisible whole, connected by a Park and a « Jardin à la française ». Over the centuries, works of development and embellishment have been implementedto magnify the monarchical authority by mastering both built and "natural" spaces, in the wake of the brilliant artistic policy fosteredby the King François Ier.

The visit : This visit will allow you to discover the castle from the angle of its various gardens, through a presentation of the main lines designed at the Renaissance age, as well as their evolution over time, illustrating three centuries of landscape art in France. You will discover the largest parterre in Europe, a prestigious site evocative of the genesis of the classical French garden, as well as the picturesque and romantic English gardens and the "Jardin de Diane", scatteredwith exotic species.