The Orchard, in William Christie's words:
"The orchard is my most recent creation. I began designing it in 2005. My designs for the kitchen garden, the nursery, and the orchard respect the formal aspect of the entire garden. Perfectly symmetrical, they are laid out with paths that prolong the transversal axes of the rest of the garden in relation to the house. The four squares of the orchard are planted with cherry, plum, peach, pear, and quince trees, as well as with rose bushes."
The Orchard to the rythm of the seasons
The allées of the orchard are lined with apple trees that are pruned to form a double horizontal cordon; the central circle are pear trees that are pruned in a form known as ‘palmette U double’. These traditional forms of pruning were originally used to maximise yields but are now valued for their aesthetic aspects.
John Hoyland, advisor for garden design at Glyndebourne and William Christie's friend