Winter Garden

Winter garden at Berchigranges, in Alsace - house and garden via atticmagTone-on-tone color and icy reflectivity offer much to admire in a winter garden.

Snow and zero-degree weather make for a beautiful winter garden landscape. The clean white ground gleams equally in the sunlight and in the moonlight while icy branches give the dense woods a delicate, lacelike look. A winter garden has an organic tone-on-tone beauty that we rarely celebrate but is evident in these photographs of the great French garden at Berchigranges, in the French province of Alsace. Because it is nestled in the Vosges mountains, the garden is covered by snow for nearly half the year.  A gazebo, adjacent to the stone bridge [top], offers a protected spot to rest and enjoy the view in almost any weather.

Winter garden at Berchigranges, in Alsace - house and garden via atticmagThe land is designed and maintained by a French couple, Thierry and Monique Dronet,  who open it to the public from April to October when visitors are also able to purchase plants cultivated on the property.

Winter garden at Berchigranges, in Alsace - house and garden via atticmagCurving walkways and stone walls lend an informality to what is, essentially, a cottage garden – at least in spirit if not in scale.

Winter garden at Berchigranges, in Alsace - house and garden via atticmagThe Chambre des Dames (lady’s room) section of the garden is defined by an octagonal hornbeam hedge. I am besotted by gardens with living walls — no less when they are coated with ice.

(Source: House & Garden)

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