The Gardens of Malmaison


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Josephine, the wife of Napoleon, purchased the lovely park at Malmaison together with its chateau in France.
At the Chateau de Malmaison Josephine collected and cultivated plants from all around the world. She planted three flowers that recalled her husband's conquests: the Lily of the Nile, Parma violets, and Damietta rose.

Lily of the Nile

Parma Violets
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This is really a wonderful thing to plant flowers in order to remind the husband. I myself am a flower boyfriend, I have planted several flower trees which are my feet to walk
 
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Josephine created an extensive collection of roses. Plants were gathered from her native Martinique and from other places around the world. She grew some 250 varieties of roses.
 
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In 1804 Josephine decided to assemble in her garden a sample of every living rose. She ordered many of her roses from English nurseries, principally Lee & Hammersmith, where she spent 2,600 pounds in 1803 alone.
 
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In 1801 Empress Josephine employed architects Charles Percier and Pierre-Francois-Leonard Fontaine. They enclosed the park and built stables and hot houses. However, their work was not to her taste. Later, she hired architect Louis Martin Berthault.
 

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