Grand design at the Chateau de Versailles is a matter of clear boundaries and crisp edges.



Some boundaries are strongly practical.



Others are symbolic and almost theoretical.




There’s no place for emergent plants at the water’s edge here.  Stone meets mirror smooth water with no interruption.  A high hedge contains the token wildwood of an ornamental grove.



Grass meets gravel at a straight ruled edge and miniature box hedges restrain untidy flowers. In the far distance a stone parapet marks the garden boundary, the edge between unruly nature and royal control.


In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge Edge