International Exposition of Paris 1867

Agriculture, Industry and Fine Arts

April 1, 1867 - November 3, 1867


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The pavilion as it is by M. Duvillers can be of great service, if one knows how to take advantage of it.

The art of designing gardens is very advanced in some cities, and everywhere else in its infancy. After abandoning the old style of priest's gardens, the bourgeois of the provinces and suburbs have thrown themselves headlong into unknown roads. I know many who claim to make their own plans, and what plans they are!

The great school of municipal plantations works wonders every day, but at a crazy price: it is Paris that pays. And Paris is so rich, so rich! It can be said without hyperbole that it does not know the figure of its fortune, for every measure is taken to hide its assets and its debit.

For simple individuals, who count the expense, the Vilmorin house has published a good book decorated with a few well-made plans, but it is not much. It would be necessary for a powerful publisher of architecture, such as M. Morel of the rue des Beaux-arts, to take it into his head to engrave a hundred plates, graduated according to the price and the extent of the land. A garden of five hundred square metres, such as many are made in Paris and the suburbs, would be perfectly ridiculous if it copied the Buttes Chaumont park. The plan for Ventimiglia Square would be no less ridiculous if you were to spread it out over a hectare. There is an education to be created for medium and small purses, perhaps even for large ones; and if some man of spirit were to take advantage of this opportunity to undertake the thing, I boldly predict that he would not ruin himself.

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