The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Dufresnoy garden designer

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216.Le Notre's successor was Dufresnoy, controller of buildings; his taste differed considerably from that of his predecessor, and he is said to have determined on inventing a style different and more picturesque. He preferred unequal surfaces, and sometimes attempted these by art. His style had something of the modern English manner, but his projects were rarely carried into execution. However, he constructed, in a style superior to that of Le Notre, the gardens of the Abbe Pajot, near Vincennes, and in the Faubourg Saint Antoine two other gardens of his own, now known under the names of Moulin and of Chemincreux. Marly has been erroneously attributed to Dufresnoy, but it was constructed from the plans of the architect Druse, controller of the works at St. Germain. The garden of Bagnolet is the principal work of Desgodetz, a relation of Le Notre. Chapelle d'Isle, and the brothers Mansard, and other architects, at that time constructed several gardens in France, but on the general plan of that of Le Notre.