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Architecture & design

Contained luxuriance from a master garden designer

— July 2015

Article read level: Art lover

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Louis Benech, Garden at Chateau d'O, Normandy. Photo: Eric Sander

Louis Benech is a leading French garden designer whose work deserves to be better known around the world

Louis Benech: Twelve French Gardens – Text by Eric Jansen and photography by Eric Sander

Louis Benech is one of the foremost garden designers working in France today.  His major mentor is the great English designer Russel Page, and like Page he combines rich, airy planting with clipped geometric forms. The latter are often low squares of box or free-standing hedges, which lend an avant-garde air to this traditional English style of contained luxuriance.  Trained...

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