The Making Of The French Garden Series

Every Thursday at 12 noon Central Time in Chicago/1 pm Eastern Time in Miami/19h Central European Time in Paris, from January 13 through March 3, 2022

This series of eight weekly illustrated lectures via Zoom, live from France, traces the evolution of the French garden from the enclosed gardens of the Middle Ages, through the magnificent Renaissance gardens created by Italian gardeners in the Loire Valley for the Valois kings upon their return from the Italian Wars in the 16th century, through the Classical gardens created by André Le Nôtre for Louis XIV and his court in and around Paris in the 17th century,  through the landscape jardins à l’anglaise that swept France from the late 18th through the late 19th century, and ending with the revival of the formal jardins à la française at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. After an introductory lecture to give an overview of the development of the French garden and their designers over the past 500 years, the owners and historians of six of France’s most prestigious state- and privately-owned gardens open to the public will tell the stories of how their gardens were designed –  and often redesigned more than once over the centuries – evoking the key designers and historical figures and events associated with their gardens. The series will conclude with an overview of the major parks and gardens of Paris.

All the lectures will be in English. Recording will also be available for all participants.

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Become an Alliance Française member for as little as $65 a year for a membership and save on a pass for the series. Register only once and get your pass plus a weekly reminder emailed to you. 

Series of 8 lectures:
- for AFMM members only:  $70 (direct discount apply during checkout when you are a member of AFMM.)
-  PROMO CODE to be entered for members of partners organizations (Garden Conservancy & Alliance Française USA network) to benefit from a discount.


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 Introduction to French Gardens and their Designers

JAN 13

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The Gardens of the Château de Villandry

JAN 20

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The Gardens of the Château de Valmer

JAN 27

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The Gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte


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The Gardens of Versailles

FEB 10

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The Gardens of Méréville

FEB 17

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The Parks & Gardens of Paris

FEB 24

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The Gardens of Courances


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This program is presented in partnership with the Alliance Française Chicago with communication support from the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA.  the French Heritage Society, the Historic Gardens Foundation, The Garden Conservancy and WICE


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c/o Consulate General of France in Miami
Cultural Services
1395 Brickell Ave, Suite 1050
Miami FL, 33131
Phone: 305-417-6243
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