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.

 

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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