King Ludwig II of Bavaria Germany was obsessed with everything French. He wanted to have his summer palace to be an identical replica of the Palace of Versailles near Paris in France. Every centimeter inside the palace is covered with precious metals, expensive porcelain and textiles with intricate designs.
For the outside, he commissioned a German master garden architect to create his palace grounds in the same manner as Versailles. It took over six years from 1874 to 1880 to complete them. One of the most important style elements of a French style garden is the parterre which is located directly next to the palace.
The photos in today's blog are from the Westparterre which was the first section of the garden to be completed. It features the design element parterre d'eau which is a fountain containing the golden status of goddess Fama from Greek-Roman mythology in photo #1.
Another design element of the Renaissance French garden style is the parterre de compartiment which consists of a geometric layout and patterns achieved with boxwood shrubs, flowerbeds with low-growing plants that are framed with stones and a lawn. Green trelliswork frames the entrance to the garden and manicured hedges frame the sides and stone sculptures representing the four seasons complete the parterre as shown in photo #2.
This is plan B. I had originally planned to go to the nearby castle gardens of the summer residence of the Palatine princes Karl Phillip and Karl Theodor in Schwetzingen to take pictures since the cherry trees are starting to blossom. Those grounds and gardens were "built" about 150 years earlier than King Ludwig II's gardens in Linderhof.
Unfortunately not only is the weather still not cooperating (dark, rainy and windy since weeks) but more importantly, I'm now under the weather with a cold and need to stay in bed since I am not feeling well.
Sources: you'll need to use "Google translate" or similar for English