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Louis Benech came to gardening and landscape architecture via a real love of plants.
Having graduated with a degree in law, he decided to work in England as an agricultural worker for Hillier nurseries. He was then employed as a gardener for a private property in Normandy, before finally breaking into garden design in 1985.
In 1990, Benech was commissioned with Pascal Cribier and François Roubaud to restore the ancient part of the Tuileries Gardens. Since then, he has worked on many established and historic gardens, such as the Elysée Gardens and the Quai d'Orsay (both in Paris), Courson (south-east of Paris), Pavlovsk's rose pavilion (St Petersburg), the Gardens of the Achilleion (Corfu), the main square of the National Archives in Paris ; and he is currently working on the park at Chaumont-sur-Loire and a diagnosis on Château de Maisons-Laffitte.
With a growing team (now numbering 12), Louis Benech has created over 300 garden and park projects, both private and public, stretching from Korea to Panama, Canada, the United States, Greece and Morocco. He has worked for individuals of many different nationalities, and many international organisations such as Axa, Hermès, Suez and Orascom.
With each of his projects, Benech aims to achieve a harmony between the new design and its architectural and natural environment. He combines a wish to create long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing gardens with a desire to respect a site's history and eco-system, while also considering its future upkeep.
Louis Benech is co-founder of the Conservatoire des collections végétales specialisées ; Member of the Royal Horticultural Society ; Member of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners (London) ; Member of the International Dendrology Society (since 1987) ; Expert member of the Observatoire des Tendances du Jardin since its creation in 2002 ; "Honorary artist" in 2006-2007 for La Source Foundation (creation of an "extraordinary garden" with children) ; Winner of the "Talent d'Or 2007" at the "Sommet du Luxe et de la Création" ; Member of the Conseil National des Parcs et Jardins (within the French Ministryof culture) between 2007 and 2013 ; Member of the selection committee for the Journées des Plantes de Courson ; Jury member on the Prix Redouté.
Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur ; Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
Louis Benech has worked on over 300 gardens in France and abroad, including Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, England, Greece, Korea, Italy, the Middle-East, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.
A few examples :
2011 - 2012 (in progress)
"Bosquet du Théatre d'Eau" within the park of the palace of Versailles - France
Château de Maisons-Laffitte (diagnosis) - Maisons-Laffitte - FranceMusée des Lumières Denis Diderot - Langres - Haute-Marne -
2010 - 2011 (in progress)
Landscaped walk of the National Archives - Paris - France
Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire - Chaumont-sur-Loire - France
Potager for Château La Coste - near Aix en Provence - France
Château de Coligny - near Orléans - France
2009 - 2010
Château de la Bourdaisière - Loire Valley - France
Auteuil Station Park - Paris - France
Royal Monceau Hotel - Paris - France
Gardens of the Achilleion - Corfu - Greece
2008 - 2009
Island in Aswan - Egypt
Ateliers Hermès - near Paris - FranceMinistry of Foreign Affairs - Quai d'Orsay - Paris - France
2007 - 2008
Saint-Louis Cathedral - New Orleans - USA
Quartier du Trapèze - near Paris - France
Quartier de Lombardie - Rouen - Normandy - France
Consultancy work for the Tuileries Gardens (2007 to present) - Paris - France
2006 - 2007
Trianon Palace Hotel - Versailles - France
Quinta da Romaneira Hotel - Portugal
Sun and Clouds garden of the Chateau de Villandry - Loire Valley - France
2005 - 2006
Propriété Gustave Caillebotte - near Paris - France
Hermès Dosan Park - Seoul - Korea
Hôtel de Masseran - Paris - France
2004 - 2005
Académie Diplomatique Internationale - Paris - France
Jardin Ephémère Krug - Reims - Champagne-Ardenne - France
2003 - 2004
Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - near Paris - France
Dar Ahlam - Ouarzazate - Morocco
Fondation Pinault (project) - near Paris - France
Château de Lagrezette - Lot region - France‘Maison des Adolescents' at Cochin Hospital - Paris - France
2002 - 2003
Château de Pange - near Metz - France
Château Mouton-Rothschild - Aquitaine - France
Château d'O - Orne - France
Fort de Sainte-Adresse (study) - Le Havre - France
2001 - 2002
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Quai d'Orsay - Paris - France
Residence at Psychiko - Athens - Greece
Groupama - Paris - France
BMW Headquarters and factory (competition) - Germany
Rothschild Foundation Park - Paris - France
2000 - 2001
Hôtel Suchet - Suez Group Headquarters - Paris - France
Millennium Park (project) - Chicago - USA
Restoration of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (competition annulled) - Paris - France
SOME PROJECTS PRIOR TO 2000
Tuileries Gardens - Paris - France
Garden of the Princesses at the National Museum of Brazil - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Pavlovsk's Rose Pavilion - St Petersburg - Russia
Elysée Palace Gardens - Paris - France
Nicolas Forestier Square - Paris - France
Jardin de l'Europe du Futuroscope - Poitiers - France
Rose garden at the Prieuré Saint-Michel - Vimoutiers, Normandy - France
Garden of Piencourt - Cormeilles - Normandy - France