A Rememberance Garden At Sericourt

I spent most of yesterday sorting out a computer upgrade, a messed up router and hanging with my little people (who had a holiday from school), so I didn’t get to posting this garden that was (in my mind) so perfect for the day.

So it goes, a day late and a dollar short…I share with you Le Jardins de Sericourt – a beautiful garden whose design inspiration is largely about rememberance of our troops and their sacrifices.

JARDiN DE SERICOURT BY Olivier Bacquet via www.pithandvigor.com

I wish I had known of this garden when we spent a month in Belgium in 2014 — it was so nearby and we practically drove right by it as we escaped the drudgery that is Amiens (sadly, the most uninspiring French city I have ever visited!).   It was created in the 1980’s and so it is remarkably young as gardens of this sort go.   In an area (Northern France) so marked with the memories of major battles and loss of life in both World War I and II,  the themes of war and rememberance seem very appropriate.

JARDiN DE SERICOURT BY Olivier Bacquet via www.pithandvigor.com

The “jardin guerrier” (warrior garden) is inspired by China’s terracotta army and uses yew trees that have been shaped into ordered columns.  Elsewhere, there are craters planted with red poppies in rememberance of the nearby battlefields of Somme as well as other features that are characterisitc of most all beautiful and stately gardens in Europe.

JARDiN DE SERICOURT BY Olivier Bacquet via www.pithandvigor.com

If you are visiting, online reviews give poor marks to the cafe onsite (but high marks to the nursery!… Its all about priorities right?).   And I can tell you that Amiens is easily missed but perhaps Arras is a much better bet.  Have you visited this garden and the area?  If so, do let us know what else is nearby and worth a visit.  –

– Rochelle

JARDiN DE SERICOURT BY Olivier Bacquet via www.pithandvigor.com

JARDiN DE SERICOURT BY Olivier Bacquet via www.pithandvigor.com

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Images by Oliver Baquet by CC.

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About Rochelle Greayer

Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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