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In the gardens of Beloeil : discovering a Belgian formal garden
Saturday 29 November 2008
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To discover the characteristics of a formal garden through the estate of Beloeil.


- To perceive space and the relation between the palace and its surroundings.
- To develop precision.
- To appeal to imagination.


- Being able to make a list of the components of a formal garden.
- Finding one’s bearing and situating oneself in space.
- Manipulating and assembling geometrical shapes to create the plan of a classical garden.


- Slides.
- Plans of gardens.
- Worksheets.
- Iconographic documentation.
- Coloured papers, gouache, paintbrushes, pencils…


- Gromort (Georges), L’art des jardins, Paris, 1983.
- Groote (Christine de), Le Guide des Jardins de Belgique, Bruxelles, 1997.
- Pechere (René), Parcs et jardins de Belgique, Bruxelles, 1987.
- Ligne (Prince Charles-Joseph de), Coup d’Oeil at Beloeil and a Great Number of European Gardens, Berkeley, 1991.


The gardens of Beloeil, Belgium


Visit the park with the help of a plan : find one’s way within the estate spot the main characteristics of a formal garden : shape of the flower beds, ponds, type of vegetation, symmetry…

Thanks to shapes cut out from coloured papers, Create the plan of a formal garden, following the example of Beloeil and the patterns of the iconographic documents. Manipulate the components before fixing them.


From the projection of slides, and the plan of a garden, trying to retrace the different steps in the lay out of the garden.


It will check the pupil’s ability to :

- Recognize the characteristics of the classical formal garden.
- Create, with various components, various plan of gardens.

Colombe Janssens, student in history of the Arts, Catholic University of Louvain , Louvain -la-Neuve Belgium

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