The castle de Compiègne

The Castle Park

The landscape style drawing of the Castle park de Compiègne offers walkers picturesque and varied views of the Castle and its magnificent facade. Masses, trees, shrubs and lawns are crossed by a network of curved paths and punctuated by remarkable elements such as the purple beech of Napoleon III planted in 1867. Don't miss the Rose Garden which presents a wide variety of old roses. 

The castle park de Compiègne

Located at the same level as the historic apartments, the Château park forms the junction with the forest. Under Louis XIV, landscaping was modest. Louis XV initiated monumental works and asked his architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel to create a much larger park.  
At the beginning of the 1th century, Napoleon I asked his architect, Louis-Martin Berthault, for a more natural garden, opening onto the forest. A “large park” of 700 hectares has been created between the garden and the forest, crossed by the famous Beaux-Monts avenue, 60 meters wide and 4,6 km long.  
Under the Third Republic, the park became a public garden and took on the appearance of a square with flower beds and an impoverishment of the plant palette. It was only from the 1980s that the park gradually regained its historic appearance. Since 2004, the park has been labeled “Remarkable Garden”. 


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The Rose Garden

Created in 1820 by Louis-Martin Berthault (1771-1823) in place of the former King's Grove, the Rose Garden is located near the temperate greenhouse, built the same year on the terrace of the Porte-Chapelle. The small circular pond in the center of this regular garden is the only vestige of the developments carried out by Gabriel in the mid-XNUMXth century. 
The garden was restored thirty years ago, based on an 1821 survey and in-depth historical research, with the aim of respecting the spirit of the creator. Highlighted by 800 meters of dwarf boxwood, the species presented come from large families of old roses: Damascus roses, centifolia, gallica and noisettiana.  
They are associated with three perennial plants: peonies, oriental poppies, irises. During the flowering period, this exceptional ensemble offers visitors a wide variety of colors and scents. 


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