Daily Garden: Nicole de Vesian’s La Louve (The She-Wolf)

La Louve shw wolf vargen provence france

Nicole de Vésian is well known for her career in fashion at the House of Hermes, but in her not so retiring, retirement, she found new fame working as a garden designer. Her own garden at her home in Bonnieux, in the Provence region of  France is a beautiful tapestry of three dimensional shapes.   “La Louve” (The She-Wolf) has often been called her greatest design project.  La Louve covers less than 500 square metres and is built on hillside terraces. The Current owner, Judith Pillsbury, an art dealer, calls it the most important work of art she owns.  The inspiration I am personally taking from this floral-free shapely masterpiece reminds me that I think I need a few more evergreen shapes in my own garden.

la louve garden provence france

la louve garden provence france

All images by Clive Nichols

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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 Comment

  1. Susan aka Miss R on July 23, 2010 at 7:52 am

    This garden has been on my must see list since I saw my first picture of it. Thanks for reminding me that I want to go and also that I’m not in France for the summer!

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