Étretat, a dream setting for topiary art

The seaside resort of the Côte d’Albâtre, home of Arsène Lupin, is home to a garden where plants with atypical sculptural shapes multiply the visual effects.

In the distance, the white chalk cliffs burst into the screen. Below, the sea reveals its changing reflections, shades of greens and blues evolving throughout the day, depending on the light. The Belle Époque villas stand on the horizon. It is in this postcard setting – a source of inspiration for impressionist painters such as Monet or Pissarro – that the topiaries of the Étretat gardens, the work of the Russian landscape architect Alexander Grivko, emerge.

The latter bought Villa Roxelane on impulse, in 2015, then gave free rein to his imagination. Pushing the limits of landscape creation to design a space with neo-futurist inspirations. Two and a half years of work then began to double the surface area of ​​the property – which increased to one and a half hectares – and to create on this land with a 45 degree difference in altitude the earthworks necessary for this artist who draws his inspiration from the gardens at the French of Le Nôtre and in the art of topiary…

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