Covering an area of around 300 m2 (3229 sq ft) this garden in France is all mosaic !!
Life and works
Renée Bodin (b. 1927), who prefers to be called Hurfane, a teacher of french and classic languages, all her life had the ambition to do some creative mosaic project, probably inspired by her mother who also made mosaics.
So, when in 1980, in her fifties, she could acquire a house with a garden in the small community of Harponvilliers, in the Perche area in France, she started this project.
For over thirty years she has been active in transforming the area around the house into a mosaic decorated environment. As she said: "I made the cement myself. I learned how to make concrete when workers came to work at my house. They made fun of me because I wanted to play the mason. The cement is not difficult, it's like a cake with flour " (Je faisais le ciment moi-même. J’ai appris à bétonner quand des ouvriers sont venus faire des travaux chez moi. Ils se sont moqués parce que je voulais jouer au maçon. Le ciment ce n’est pas difficile, c’est comme un gâteau avec de la farine)
this picture and the next one (2008) courtesy of Brigitte, Flickr
The garden has two sectors, a rose one, with mosaics of animals, flowers and all kinds of countrylife, and a blue one, with elements of the universe, such as the sea, the stars, the heavens (as in the next picture).
In 2000 the site was declared a monument (Patrimoine National du XXième siecle, 20th century national heritage) and from 2007 on it is owned by the Association of Perche communities, that takes care of the premises. The site is also member of the Chateaux de France organisation.
The community of Harponvilliers is some 30 kms from Chartres, where the Maison Picassiette is located (There is no relation between the two sites, however...)
* Article (July 2018) in french newspaper l'Écho républicain
* Review and pictures (summer 2010) on the website of Sophie Lepetit: long shots and also close ups
* A video on You Tube (uploaded sept 2010).
* And another one featuring the cats in the world of Hurfane. Both videos by Christian.
first published aug 2009, last revised aug 2018
Les jardins de la Feuilleraie
28480 Harponvilliers, dept Eure-et-Loir, region Centre-Val de Loire, France
can be visited in summer,
april 15 - nov 2, weekends and tuesdays, 15-19