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Often regarded as England’s Versailles, Cliveden House also features the Prince of Wales Suite, complete with views of the lush 19th-century parterre.
Make participation the entry requirement for lotteries that offer lavish prizes, like a parterre box for a night, a private dress fitting in the costume department or a chance to shadow a director for a day.
At the fete, attendees filled the side parterre garden, the house and back courtyard, where Deacon John and the Ivories entertained, with an audience not shy to dance.
Victorian walled vegetable plots, orchards, parterres and pergolas, wildflower meadows, shady dells …
True to the period of the house, this one encloses a parterre garden accented by crape myrtle, camellia, sago palm, and banana.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The area around the house is landscaped, with brick patios and more than 2,600 azaleas, as well as a fenced parterre with roses and vegetable beds.
Room furnishings in the main house are classical, with four-poster beds, but are updated with light, subtle fabrics and have hypnotic views of woods and parterres.
There are no richer parterres to my eyes than the dense beds of dwarf andromeda (Cassandra calyculata) which cover these tender places on the earth’s surface.
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parterre Has French Roots
Parterre comes to English by way of French, where it means "on the ground". And in the early years of the theater, the parterre was truly on the ground. In Shakespeare's day, an English theater's parterre was the cheap standing-room area right in front of the stage, normally filled with rowdy spectators. The original idea of the French parterre garden, with its carefully designed plots and walkways, was to present an artistic pattern when seen from above—from a balcony, a raised terrace, or the top of an outdoor staircase. English gardeners responded with garden designs that tried to make their viewers half-forget that they were seeing something created by humans rather than untamed nature itself.
Origin and Etymology of parterre
First Known Use: circa 1625See Words from the same year
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