July 11, 2011


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Elsie de Wolfe’s Garden at the Villa Trianon

While leafing through my ancient copy of The Book of Gardens and Gardening edited byCountry Life from 1924, I found these amazing pictures of Elsie de Wolfe’s garden. The garden was at her Villa Trianon in Versailles just outside of Paris. What caught my eye first were the standards which are not the usual roses, but pink geraniums in a bed of blue aubretia which must have been very striking against the green grass.

The stylish Miss de Wolfe had a walk lined in ivy topiary arches which framed the beautiful Dorothy Parker roses.


Known for her use of treillage its no surprise to find it in her garden.


Her pool fed by a simple single jet of water. I wonder what the low shrub is around the pool. Lavender or absinthe maybe?


Even her little tool shed was chic enough for Country Life to feature.