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Serre de la Madone

This week's Photohunt theme is Lick. I almost did not play this week. This is another theme that I did find inspiring. I knew it would have to be an animal licking but to find one that would be interesting and something that I had not blogged about. And I finally found one.

This is one of the cats in the French garden Serre de la Madone in Menton France. This garden was created by Lawrence Johnston who also created the renown English Garden, Hidcote Manor. It was designed as his winter garden.

The garden design is a series of outdoor room terraced up a hillside. The sheltered rooms allowed him to plant a wide variety of unique exotic plants and shelter them from the harsh climate. At the center point is a rather formal set of water ponds and Italian statuary. From the pond area, you can glimpse the wild hillsides surrounding the garden.

It had a wonderful serene ambiance. There is no set way to approach and tour the garden. Instead you are encouraged to explore the various ways. There are various paths taking you to different belvederes of the hillside, rooms and country house. The garden was maintained but left to abandon after Johnston's death in 1958. It was purchased by the city of Menton in 1999. It still has a wonderful and haunting feel of disrepair with crumbling stone work and seduction of the warm Riviera. Further information on the garden and location at Garden Visit website.

Here are some further photos of the ponds and terrace at the center of the garden.

Serre de la Madone

Serre de la Madone

Serre de la Madone

Serre de la Madone

Comments (16)

Great job. Beautiful gardens and of course beautiful cat.

Have a great 2010. You can check out my licks here.

what a beautiful garden! excellent post.

Great photo - I am partial to cats! But, the garden is true 'eye candy'. That's my idea of a garden - am thinking of revamping my entire back garden from a cutting (as in perennial flowers) and roses to a quasi-Zen one. The statuary and water feature here are inspirational. m

What a fabulous cat - a Bengal?

Oh, nice gardens too...

Marta's reply - I wonder - I suspect it was just a large feral cat at the garden.

What a beautiful garden. I love all of these shots and the cat is great for the theme. Happy New Year.

i like this post. so much beauty

Beautiful photo, Marta. The colors and reflections are stunning.
I love how the pattern in the cats fur kind of mirrors the moss pattern on the side of the pool.


That's a great photo, Marta (and a rather large cat!)

The gardens are gorgeous!


I love the markings on the cat and the angle you caught it at, and wow, what a garden!


Ooooo, Marta, these are simply gorgeous photos! The contextualising shots are great but the one of the cat really is something special. Well done and thanks for sharing! :)

What a stunning garden - between these shots and Maria's from Paris I have to say that France is quickly moving up on my 'list'.

Have a wonderful 2010!

That's a very cute cat. Great choice for the theme this week. The gardens are gorgeous!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, great photo selection for this week's theme. And I just love your garden photos. The ponds are also very beautiful. I agree with Jerry, I'm been thinking of France these days too ...

Thanks so much for sharing and have a great day today!

I am glad you did take part, that is one of the best photos I have seen for the theme :-)

Wow, what an amazing place. And I love that photo of that gorgeous cat!

Hope you've had a nice holiday. And Happy 2010~!

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