In the shade of its branches, sheltered from the light, its leaves are green, but when they are exposed to sunlight they turn purple. Inside, successive layers of ice and straw enabled ice collected in winter to be preserved and used in the summer months.
In accordance with the republican tradition initiated by Raymond Barre ineach new Prime Minister can plant a tree in the Matignon Garden. The first impression you get is of a park laid out in the 19 th century, its thickets of trees reminiscent of natural forest vegetation.
A tree for each Prime Minister. The cunningly constructed perspective gives the illusion that the sculpture can be reached in a single leap.
One of the most remarkable of them all as far as its botanical characteristics are concerned is the ginkgo biloba planted by Edith Cresson ina tree that made its first appearance some million years ago and is known for its extraordinary tenacity: it was the only species to survive on land devastated by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in Sincethirteen trees have been planted by succeeding Prime Ministers see inset below. Commissioned by the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador, the landscape architect was instructed to create a sweeping reception lawn.
The garden combines French-style symmetry with dense English-style flowerbeds planted with a wide range of species. They mark the graves of a dog and a cat, dating back to the days when Matignon belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Embassy.
The alley of linden trees’ accelerated perspective
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As you continue along the curved pathway, you come upon the trees planted by past Prime Ministers, one after the other. Another subterfuge: the gap between each tree shortens as you advance.
Once over the threshold, you enter the garden along a gravel path. Every head of government apart from Jacques Chirac has planted a tree upon taking up residence.
But what it really stands out for is its foliage. Its three hectares make the Matignon Garden one of the largest in the capital. As you walk alongside them, the banks of flowers open up and close a series of perspectives across the park.