philippe dubreuil & french backyard design

The most effective factor about having created My French Nation House is the various gifted folks I get to fulfill. From artists, to writers, to photographers, to cooks… and generally additionally backyard designers. I simply love backyard design!

I first met Philippe Dubreuil a few years in the past after I visited his unbelievable backyard. Created from scratch within the Perche area of Normandy, should you love gardens, then Les Jardins de Montperthuis are undoubtedly well worth the detour.

mixed border at Montperthuis gardens
The beautiful colours of Les Jardins de Montperthuis amaze the attention

Having lived and labored in France, England and the US, Philippe felt the urge to get again to his roots. So, he got down to discover the perfect place to create his own residence and backyard.

He ended up shopping for a chunk of land with nothing on it however a few deserted century-old stone farm buildings. When it comes to the backyard, there have been two previous timber, however nothing extra.

The previous stone barns have been superbly built-in into the backyard design

However, Philippe’s backyard design began to return collectively. One weekend he sat down and put the entire thing to paper – and he has caught to that imaginative and prescient ever since!

Now, with its passages of timber and pathways begging to be adopted, guests are invited to intuitively wander the gardens from ‘room’ to ‘room’.

Corrugated borders and tree lined pathways lead you additional into the backyard

Ten years later, his backyard has been formally acknowledged as a ‘Jardin Remarquable’. This coveted French award is one to look out for if you end up touring the French countryside.

Right this moment, Philippe designs gardens around the globe. From his house in Normandy and his workplace in Paris, he liaises with purchasers from California to Cape Cod, and from Paris to Morocco. Not solely does he deal with enormous properties, but in addition small Parisian city gardens, the place area is at a premium.

Philippe works on each enormous gardens and tiny Parisian backyards

I used to be fortunate this fall to have Philippe go to my very own backyard. Earlier than arriving he discovered me on Google Earth and took a lay of the land. When he arrived we spent virtually two hours wandering round (my backyard shouldn’t be that massive!). I defined how the backyard has grown thus far. As I shared a few of my concepts for future growth, Philippe weighed in along with his personal spontaneous ideas for enhancements. A number of days later he kindly despatched me over this sketch of his concepts.

It felt like a second of pure luxurious to have this grasp designer appraise our household backyard. With each backyard design, Philippe’s imaginative and prescient is crystal clear. And I am trying ahead to having my very own sliver of perfection after I put his concepts into motion this spring! Right this moment on Instagram I clarify precisely the place Philippe’s ideas would intervene.

If you wish to contact Philippe on your personal property, the most effective factor is to pop over to his web site and ship him an e mail.