The minimalist garden at the Donjon de Vez was created in 1989 by the architect and landscape designer Pascal Cribier, who in 1990 won the competition for the restoration of the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris.
At Vez he worked on the project with Patrick Ecoutin.
Together they created a minimalist contemporary garden taking its inspiration from medieval iconography.
Visual reciprocation based on the iconically medieval quatrefoil has generated an architectural dialogue between living vegetation and the ancient use of stone.
The tradition of the enclosed gardens of the Middle Ages is also recalled by differences in the level of the lawn and the use of skilled perspective foreshortenings in the design of the main parterre. In order to provide visual continuity the boxwood hedges are twice as high at the quadrilobe end as at the open end.
At the centre of this minimalist garden Pascal Cribier has set beds of gaura as an evocation of mille-fleurs (“thousand flowers”) medieval carpets.
At the foot of the chapel he has created a mirror pool that reflects the ruins of the old fortified residence. The blue of the sky in the water is repeated in a parterre of blue irises, the ancient emblem of French royalty. In addition the garden is embellished season by season with vivid flowerings of Siberian Iris, flax and, along the sides, yellow and black tulips.