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 some twenty years or so she has been active in transforming the area around the house into a mosaic decorated environment. Around 2009, when Hurfane was in her 80's, the garden could be considered as completed.
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...)
* A video on Youtube (uploaded sept 2010).
* And another one featuring the cats in the world of Hurfane. Both videos by Christian.
* Review and pictures (summer 2010) on the website of Sophie Lepetit: long shots and also close ups
first published aug 2009, revised febr 2013
Les jardins de la Feuilleraie
28480 Harponvilliers, Perche, France
can be visited in summer,
april 15 - nov 2, weekends and tuesdays, 15-19