COURSON EN AUTOMNE

There are few horticultural events more emotionally, horticulturally splendid than the Journées des Plantes, the semi-annual plant fair held at the Château de Courson, just half an hour outside of Paris. In the slanting Indian summer sunshine just 250 exhibitors sell the plants and horticultural items they are most passionate about. Above, the roses and rose hips of André Eve, the man who brought fragrant and historical garden roses back to the market…


Here, the chocolate brown-tinged leaves of a ruby red Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Garnet’) give multi-sensory inspiration for autumn…

The strange, alien-animal blossoms of the Artistolochia gigantea ‘Brasiliensis’…

The absolutely epidermic bells of the Brugmansia…

The fascinating flower of the ginger plant, part of the Zingiberace family, with leaves fragrant to the touch. One eats a portion of the rhizome (root) a year after it flowers…

A prize-winning Dendrobium orchid that seems straight from another planet. The awards ceremony, presided over by the very enthusiastically chic Monsieur Fustier (who is, along with his wife, the visionary Madame Fustier, the originator of the Journées des Plantes and owner of the Château) is always one of the “moments forts” of the first day…

You must come next time: May 15-17, 2009–and October 16-18, 2009…

Lisa

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~ by lisacwhite on October 17, 2008.

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