The Château d’Auvers overlooks the valley of the Oise, using its exceptional location and the lie of the land to great advantage in its spatial arrangement.

The chateau itself is surrounded by eight hectares of wooded parkland and gardens. Three types of garden draw their inspiration from this: the Italian Renaissance gardens, the French gardens and the English gardens.

 

 

The Italian Inspiration

The wide views and terraces are typical of Italian gardens. The chateau was built in the 17th century by Zanobi Lioni, a rich Italian financier belonging to the court of Marie de Medici. While the building itself was completely remodelled and transformed into a French chateau during the 18th century, the original layout of the terraced gardens with its flowerbeds and staircases was retained. The large upper and lower terraces are linked by a stone bridge which spans the rue de Léry. Along with the terraces, the size and layout of the plants creates screens and openings which give a cadence to one’s view of the countryside. Finally, the importance of water to the garden is underlined by the fountains and particularly the splendid 17th century shell covered nymphaeum. Still with an eye to geometry, the wooded parkland is criss-crossed by avenues in the shape of a star

 

The French Influence

The terraces extend horizontally in a descending movement towards the Oise. The highest one embraces the entire site. The various components – flowerbeds, paths, fountains, plants – are arranged symmetrically around a great central avenue which runs from the origin down to the Oise. Following this grandiose perspective, the geometric and symmetric composition seats the power and authority of the owner in accordance with the style of French gardens which become a manifestation of power. The spaces defined by the layout of the walkways are filled in with box-hedge embroideries, flower beds and groves.

The English Spirit

The special feature of an English garden is to create a garden layout which is as natural as possible. In reality, it is carefully designed. This paradox between the desire for authenticity and artificial creation came to Château d’Auvers at the end of the 18th century. The park to the north was remodelled. The symmetric layout was replaced by curved walkways leading to glades and groves arranged as if at random.

The major changes of the 19th century

During the 19th century the town of Auvers-sur-Oise developed after the arrival of the railway in 1846. On the other hand, the 1813 land map shows the existence of a neighbouring property at the beginning of the century, Chateau Frileux, which has now gone. Its land was part of the current estate. New drives were laid out cutting the Clos du Château to the south. The D928 was built in 1839 and the rue Carnot in 1850. These new boundaries greatly modified the general appearance of the park.

The 20th century, a new history for the chateau and its park

The chateau was bought by the Val d’Oise regional council in 1987 who undertook its restoration, particularly the gardens which had been abandoned. Architects from Bâtiments de France and Historic Monuments used 17th and 18th century engravings to restore the gardens to their original glory as faithfully as possible.

 




  • Fuchsia “Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise”


  • L’iris « Château d’Auvers-sur- Oise » créé par Richard Cayeux en 2004


  • L’iris « Voyage Impressionniste » créé par Pascal Bourdillon en 2012


  • La « Rose des Impressionnistes » créée par Michel Adam en 2015
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The remarkable flowers of Château d’Auvers

The chateau gardens are an oasis of a wide variety of flowers such as irises, roses and clematis. In this way they bring the Impressionist spirit alive.

  • New creations, named and planted in our gardens for the “Irisiades” event.
    • The iris “Impressionist Journey” created by Pascal Bourdillon in 2012.Highly perfumed, 90 cm in height, flowers from mid to late season. It is complemented with wisteria-like petals and magenta-violet sepals which become lighter towards the ochre beard. The parents are Swingtown (mother) and Silverado (father) by pollen
    • The iris “Château d’Auvers-sur- Oise” created by Richard Cayeux in 2004. A seductive amoena with pure white petals, infused with very light apricot on blooming, and copper-apricot sepals with a bright mandarin beard. Firm sepals, close to the horizontal and edged with close-packed small undulations (Seed cayeux 95 49A).
  • The Roses
    • Outside the French garden which has white and pink ground cover roses, the chateau’s rose bushes are old ramblers.
    • Creation: the Rose of the Impressionists. Created in 2015 by the famous winner of the international NIRP Michel Adam, this scented rose flowers from May to the first frosts. Its luminous yellow, orange and pink colours pay tribute to the Impressionist palette.
  • The Fuchsia
    • The fuchsia, called the “bush of beauty” at the time, was discovered in the 17th century in Santo Domingo. It was dedicated to Leonhart von Fuchs (1501-1566), a Bavarian botanist, doctor and teacher.
    • Creation: Fuchsia “Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise” created by Marcel Delhommeau in 2012. Very early, its generous and compact flowers bloom from spring to autumn. The flowers are fuchsia pink to start with and then lighten as they develop. The parents are Margaret Roe (mother) and Regia Reitzii 4514.
  • The iris “Impressionist Journey” created by Pascal Bourdillon in 2012.Highly perfumed, 90 cm in height, flowers from mid to late season. It is complemented with wisteria-like petals and magenta-violet sepals which become lighter towards the ochre beard. The parents are Swingtown (mother) and Silverado (father) by pollen.

 

 

 

 

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