The Surreal Beauty Of The Marqueyssac Topiary Gardens

“It is the garden dseigner’s job to hide the vulgar and the common as far as the eye can see and include only the excellent and splendid.”
Andrew Crofts, Secrets of the Italian Gardener

For this summer’s issue of PIN-UP, photographer Philippe Jarrigeon paid a visit to the Château de Marqueyssac in France to capture photographs of the beautiful, almost fictional-looking topiary gardens there. The property was originally developed by Bertrand Vernet de Marqueyssac in the 17th century, though it did not truly take form until the 1860s when owner Julien de Cervel decided to plant thousands of malleable boxwood trees and have them cut into a variety of fantastic shapes. During the second half of the 20th century, the house was not being frequented and thus, the gardens were no longer maintained.

Fortunately, a new owner, Kleber Rossillon, restored the gardens to their former glory in 1996, as well as added some new features such as cascading waterways and alleyways of rosemary and santolina. The gardens now house over 150,000 trees that have been carefully carved into astonishing geometric patterns, all of which can be explored along the 5 kilometers of public walkable paths.

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“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
William Blake 

“In the 16th century,parks and gardens were models of the cosmos and also tools for altering one’s consciousness, possibly for changing one’s destiny.”
Linda Lappin, Signatures in Stone

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