While I was on my quest for photos of silver orange tree tubs, I found a Veranda article on the gardens at Château de Brécy in Normandy. Unfortunately, I can't figure out from which issue I pulled this article, but I do know that the beautiful photos were taken by Jacques Dirand.
Barbara and Didier Wirth, the current owners of the château, were encouraged to purchase it in the early 1990s by Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy had considered buying the property in the mid-1950s, but because he was a young man at the time, he found the amount of work needed to restore the property to be daunting. The gardens at Château de Brécy are some of the few remaining French gardens dating back to the first half of the seventeenth century. The main garden is made up of five parterres. There is also some beautiful ornamental stonework. Unfortunately, not much is known about original plantings as little documentation about the gardens' design survives.
As you can see in the photos, the Wirths have done a remarkable job restoring the garden. I'm now curious about what the interiors of the house look like.
All images from Veranda, Jacques Dirand photographer.