Carnets d’Anjou: a book to celebrate horticulture and gardens in Anjou

After highlighting the history and architecture of the Château du Plessis-Macé, the “Carnets d’Anjou” collection of books focuses on the career of André Leroy.

The famous Angevin nurseryman and landscape gardener (1801-1875), who came from several generations of nurserymen, embodied the horticultural and landscape revival of the 19th century. In addition to being a famous horticulturist in France and abroad, as shown by the success of his Dictionary of Pomology, André Leroy also proved to be a landscape gardener, a designer of parks and gardens, he also ran several flower shops that also sold garden decorations and second-hand items, as he was also a great defender of the environment working in Anjou, but also throughout western France.

Isabelle Levêque, historian of the art of gardens, author of numerous articles and a reference work on parks and gardens in Anjou, highlights here research initiated many years ago, particularly in the archives of the Departmental Archives of Maine-et-Loire.

Offered by the Department of Maine-et-Loire and its heritage conservation service, the Carnets d’Anjou collection is an invitation to discover the wealth of heritage through the diversity of places, works and memories of the area.

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