Great Barrington: French landscape architect to give lecture


The Berkshire Botanical Garden has announced the 2014 Winter Lecture, "Freedom and Responsibility In My Approach to Gardens," a talk with Louis Benech, the renowned landscape architect and garden designer based in Paris, France.

The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

Known for his famous landscape projects at the Archives Nationales and the Palace Elysée in Paris, the Achilleion in Corfu, and hundreds of celebrated private gardens, Benech will discuss the balance of his freedom as a designer and the responsibility he feels when approaching historic spaces and places.

He will also use this opportunity to present his most recent work on a historic French garden: the Bosquet du Théatre d’Eau, a 2.5 acre garden at the foot of the Chateau of Versailles, originally designed by Andre Le Notre for Louis XIV and since completely destroyed by storms.

After the lecture, Benech will sign copies of his book, "Louis Benech: Twelve French Gardens" during a reception where refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Tickets to the lecture are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

For more information and to reserve tickets, call BBG at (413) 298-3926 or visit

In case of severe weather, the lecture will take place the following day, Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.


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