Dig It! Great Swiss landscape architects
Swiss landscape architecture is alive and kicking, and in this first part of a new series profiling the best Swiss landscape architects, we meet Gilbert Henchoz, a major contributor to both public and private work in Geneva and further afield
Gilbert Henchoz founded the firm 22 years ago, and Gilbert Henchoz Landscape Architects is now one of the largest in Switzerland, with three offices—in Geneva, Lausanne and Archamps in France.
Dig It! Greening urban space in Geneva
The Gilbert Henchoz team of landscape architects worked for five years to realise the greening of an urban space in Plan-les-Ouates in Geneva. Hester Macdonald tells us how they did it in part two of a new series profiling the best Swiss landscape architects. We hear from Franck Bodenmann and François Perret from Gilbert Henchoz, as well as Rachel Melville-Thomas, who is a Plan-les-Ouates resident
Next week Hester is talking about hedges—which varieties to plant where. The following week she is looking at green windproof screens for balconies and terraces—hedges by any other name!
Dig It! Garden near Geneva links nature with modern architecture
Hester Macdonald visits a “secret garden” surrounding a home on the outskirts of Geneva, in Onex. The house stands apart from the community’s more traditional buildings due to its basic geometric shapes — square, round and triangular. The challenge for the garden designer Franck Bodenmann, of the Henchoz firm, was to make the landscaping practical while respecting the modern look of the house. Also, because of his passion for cinema, the owner wanted to have a “film wall,” an unusual fence which looks like a strip of film around the garden
The garden includes plantings of acer palmatum (Japanese maple), hostas, buxus sempervirens (box) and ornamental grasses, such as stipa tenuissima (fountain grass) and lots of thick bamboo, phyllostachys aurea.
The kitchen garden includes parsley, mint, thyme and basil. It is not possible to visit the garden, but we hope you enjoy the photographs and drawings.
Dig It! Visiting the Jardins en Fête
Hester Macdonald visits the “Chelsea sur Leman,” the Jardins en Fête, at the beautiful Château de Coppet near the Lake of Geneva. She talks to organiser Viviane Cagneux, Wolfgang Eberts, who is showing a beautiful new Cornus— called Cornus “Venus,” David Harber, Franck Bodenmann from Gilbert Henchoz design and Pascal Olivier. He designed a show garden for Laurent Perrier champagne: