Wednesday, 18 December 2013

OUGD504 - Design Production: Design For Print and Web (Fragrance Research)

As I am going to be creating products which are fragranced to represent the gardens at the Chateau de Versailles, it is important for me to consider the plants that they have in their gardens. I have contacted them directly for some more information and will hopefully receive a response as soon as possible. In the meantime however, I am having to research online to try and gather as much information as possible. I have come across this article below which is probably the most helpful bit of research I have come across so far. 


  • Hornbeam hedges, clipped and trimmed to perfection, are used as ornamentals and screens throughout the gardens at Versailles. Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is classified as a deciduous plant, but most of the leaves remain on the hedge even through the winter. Hornbeam grows well even in heavy, clay-rich soil, making it a very hardy, tolerant plant.
    Before planting hornbeams, you must place a support system everywhere the hedges will be grown. Plant hornbeam hedges in the late fall, either in late November or early December. Prune hornbeams to the shape you desire, using wires and support posts to train the hedges for height and width.


Many different trees grow in the gardens at Versailles. The garden features a tall Corsican pine, which was planted when Napoleon ruled as France's Emperor. Corsican pine is also called black pine. The tree is known for its straight, knot-free wood and twisting needles.
Visitors to Versailles will also find beech, poplar, chestnut and hawthorn trees in the gardens. The combination of trees is used to prevent the spread of disease.


  • Each year, 50,000 flowers are planted in the gardens at Versailles to fill the acreage with bright color. Tuberoses, jasmine and pinks are three of the varieties you will notice along the garden beds.
    Tuberoses grow well in hot summers, so northern gardeners should grow their plants in pots until they may be safely transplanted. Keep the soil moist, and fertilize the plants once or twice a year for optimal growth. Pinks are flowers in the dianthus plant family, which includes carnations. As with carnations, pinks should be planted in well-drained soil where they will receive approximately five hours of sunlight per day. Avoid over-watering pinks, which will make them turn yellow in color. Jasmine grows easily with little maintenance. Simply plant the flower and prune it regularly to keep it from spreading too far.

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