Before & After: Nicholas’s Rooftop Garden in Lyon, France

Whose ready to get back into a regualr schedule? ME!!  While I am not going to shut-up any time soon about Leaf Magazine (have you read it yet?)  — I am going to take a little break to try and get back to some regularlity.  First up a Tursday before and after — right here, right now, on Friday — a day late — but whose on time, right?

This is from Nicolas Lebas in Lyon France.  He is a garden designer there and made over this roof for a friend…to be honest, I am not sure if there is actually a ‘before’ shot in this bunch, so I am going to just share my favorites of the afters….

before and after garden makeover lyon france

before and after garden makeover lyon france

before and after garden makeover lyon france

I am particularly enjoying the casual and slightly rustic vibe that doesn’t try too hard — and the views!! (Is that the Cathedral de Notre Dame in Lyon in the background?).  As per usual, Southern France is endlessly appealing and oozing style.

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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.


  1. Dirty Girl Gardening on October 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    lovely patio space… just add cocktails!

  2. still learning gardener on October 22, 2011 at 4:46 am

    I have a small roof garden and have to use a lot of containers. I have just invested in a Drip Irrigation system from

    They also do:
    Hanging Basket Irrigation
    Rainwater Harvesting Systems
    Plus loads of other stuff! Really helpful guys – well worth a look at their website…

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