"In the same illustration/picture 84, all the North-West portion of the park, enclosed in the sinuous SS line, was covered with a forest of elms, oaks, hornbeams, beeches, Aspen birch trees and trembling poplars. The underwood was planted with a coppice of hazel trees, holly, boxtrees, privets, wayfaring trees, viburnum opulus and cornelian cherry trees. These essences were enough to constitute a landscape, without using any exotic species, through the variations of the subjects’ forms and positions. Naturally planted with holly and boxtrees, the two Northern points of the NN’ groups formed an excellent foreground; at the back, the coppice was maintained in its initial/primary diversity, and the tops of the great trees came rounded above like majestic canopies. The underwood was removed under the secular beeches of the PP’ groups, the clump of P” oaks remained isolated in a similar way. The view passes freely between the trunks of this improvised timber forest, and the shades give varied aspects to the lawns depending on the time of day. Around the U entrance alley, a plot of birches, Aspen and trembling poplars produce a nice contrast. Planted in T, large clumps of hazel trees have been trimmed and are now covered with clear foliage and erected regular shoots. This is how, over several days, a single axe produced, under my direction, this small corner of a painting in a park of the Orne region ; it only grows more beautiful ever since”.

Edouard André