Last fall my girlfriend and her father brought me to a hanging garden in the south of France. At the Chateaux Marqueyssac you can find over 150,000 hand carved boxwoods, peacocks, and a dinosaur skeleton all overlooking the Dordogne river marqueyssac.com . Originally built for a the “Sun King” Louis XIV in the 17th century, this magnificent garden inspires curiosity and wonder. Being French natives, they both grew up with these types of gardens all around their country.
The garden includes a beautify hike to the summit passing streams of water that lead to water fall, statues of little faces popping out of the ground, and a jungle gym of netting suspended among the trees.
After only a year after coming into ownership, Kleber Rossillon was able to restore this garden to its highest quality, landing it on the list of France’s most remarkable gardens https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Remarkable_Gardens_of_France
If you ever find yourself in the south of France go here. You won’t regret it.