Project: Three years in Provence
A new Mediterranean garden in France is an award-winning success
This ambitious new garden for a chateau in Provence, France, designed by Tommaso del Buono MSGD and created between 2013 to 2016 at a cost of more than £3m, was chosen as the project of the year by industry professionals.
The gardens cover almost seven acres and are split into a series of rooms that sit naturally within their Mediterranean setting. “Our brief and intent was to recreate a harmonious setting for the newly refurbished château,” says del Buono.
The gardens around the house were laid out as a series of interconnecting spaces enclosed by hedges, relating to the internal configuration of the property. New arrival and entrance courtyards were planted with, respectively, cypress and plane trees, and an expansive terrace along the southern façade now frames sweeping views across the sea.
Formal water features and topiary are used throughout the design and among the many other elements there is a rose garden, potager and extensive swimming pool area, all cleverly linked to form a coherent whole within the sprawling site.
“There was a period of two or three months during the implementation of our proposals when, as the gardens started to emerge from the ground, I knew we’d done a great job and it was very exciting,” says del Buono. “From then on I knew the gardens would be a success.”
The project won his practice del Buono Gazerwitz both the International Award and The Grand Award at this year’s SGD Awards. “This was a self-confident piece of landscape architecture with an outstanding organisation of space that works well in the setting,” said the judges. “A very usable garden on a human scale. Very accomplished.”