Posted: 05/02/2013 at 16:35
I dunno. I don't like those big, expansive, formal French gardens done as a statement of wealth and power and control. They seem soulless. I do understand the whole historic context but the gardens leave me uninspired and unadmiring except for maybe a water feature here and there.
The scale of Diane De Poitier's garden was far more human and enjoyable and I loved that Paris rooftop garden he was so sniffy about. Can't see why he didn't like the smell of money and taste. We're always told that in confined spaces a simple colour palette is most effective and it is, after all, a major design house garden. Found it amusing that he should talk about it being a money garden but fail to see the correlation between his own large garden and extensive resources compared to the humble plot of most new builds.
I found he managed to make a fascinating subject quite soporific and just hope he's a bit more lively when he gets to potagers and other French styles.