Garden Gallery: Green Cherry’s Funky French Garden

Say what you will, but if a garden has a giant life-size giraffe head and neck in it….it will instantly have my attention, even my complete respect.   Not just because it takes a certain kind of garden designer to go for the “Giraffe Head look”, but also because I think the giraffe head actually kinda looks cool.  I would love to know the story behind it wouldn’t you?

girafee garden

And lets not forget that there are plenty of other things worth mentioning in this project by Emmanuel Donval of  Green Cherry.  Take for example, the black and white striped deck, the stacked concrete slab bench,the beautiful earthy mauve colored wall, and the overall simple design that is made extraordinary by the quirky artistic touches.  Um, Wow. You Agree?

stacked concrete bench

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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. Jenn on April 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    The giraffe is a single anomaly amongst a clean, modern design, which is why it works so well.

    I can also see an element like the giraffe presented in a garden full of other oddments (gnomes, bending ladies, etc, and it would lose it’s appeal.)

    I’m not totally knocking gnomes, mind you. If I could find the right one, there’d be a place for it in my garden…

  2. mim on June 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    i would like to buy the giraffe head with long neck seen in your picture can you please help me. thanka mim and greg

    • rochelle on June 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      mim — I don’t sell these and have no idea where it came from. that said — try googling — I think I came across something recently when I googled something like animal heads garden outdoor. .

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