Photographer's Note

Early morning walk in the Jardin du Mail. A beautiful gardens located in the center of Castres ( Tarn)

The garden is arranged in a triangle bordered by the bus station and the place of the Obelisk. It replaces , in 1897 , carpet game Mail .

Mail is the ancestor of croquet and golf. Almost all cities had a field. This game is to chase a ball boxwood making him touch various purposes , a minimum of strokes. Mail will be transposed into indoor play with the creation of billiards. Mail will then designate " The driveway planted where we play Mail ", then " A public promenade lined with trees."

Despite some changes , the original frame the park in the late nineteenth century is still readable : a set of pools , an artificial island and a fountain placed in the aisles lined with benches center.
The oldest trees in the garden , especially oaks and a few of Osage orange are probably contemporary with the late nineteenth century. Someone in the garden over 50 different subjects including several species rare species.

From the mid-eighteenth century , in England in full pre-production , irregular garden becomes an assumed rigidity factories reaction. The English-style garden , with its irregular shape , is often opposed to the " French garden " which he takes against the foot. Away from the geometric system classical gardens , designed by architects , it highlights through the views outstanding natural element rare in colorful foliage tree trunk tortured , lawn, stream, pond , meadow or even boulders and cliff.

Meets the compositional rules of the table. We are looking for the balance of volumes , variety and agreement of colors and plant materials.

The organization of English-style garden , a succession of views, pushing designers to exploit rather than correct the injury site. Reliefs and become lookouts , collapses caves.


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