What is the History of the Château de la Ballue and its Gardens ? Built in 1620, the château de la Ballue was, at the begining of the 19th century and in the middle of the twentieth, a priviledged place for the writers and the artists. Although la Ballue was left alone for 30 years – its formal gardens had returned to a wild meadow when in 1973 started their restoration – reinterpreted and with a new design,- they regain nowdays, their original nature besides a contemporary garden inspired by the 17th century baroque play with perpective and light and shadow.
Separated from the formal garden by the wisteria alley supported by 12 colums of taxus, the side garden was designed by two futurists architects François Hebert Stevens & Paul Maymont in the purest mannerist style.
An initiatory path, a green maze which can only be understood at the end of it, so man can have a global vision of it and which offers 13 surprises from the mysterious chamber to the musical one, from the one covered with fern, to the booby trap chamber then to the sented chamber, the green theatre to Diana’s temple, and the maze by itself.
- Classical gardens created on the terrace facing south, in the XVIIth century, abandoned, turned into a patato field…
- 1973 : Creation by two futurist architects of. A diagonal garden of surprises by Paul Maymont, A classical garden by François-Hebert Stevens.
- Union of modern geometrical movement and classical symbolism.
- A labyrinth of path, play with perspectives & secret chambers.
- 1989-1995 : Gardens left alone. Everything returned wild and the trees growing high.
- 1996 : Gardens re-discovered by their new owners Marie-France Barrère & Alain Schrotter.
- Playing with the growth of the trees that have become bare at the foot, add of a new vision & a new dimension.
- Play with light & shadow, re-creation of some of the inner chambers adding more historical & intellectual references. Harmony in green, blue and white.
- Add of side visions.
- With passion and originality, expression and transmission of love for harmony between traditional architecture and contemporary art.
- 1999 : The gardens become a historical monument.