The French Garden of John-Mark Horton

I love a beautiful garden and I look forward to the time when I can start properly planning the gardens of our seaside ranch home. Patience is probably the most important virtue of a gardener but unfortunately, it is not a trait that I possess when it comes to gardening. When dealing with landscaping, I have to remind myself that things come slow and steady. After all, it took many years for even the most beautiful gardens in the world to evolve and literally bloom into something unique and special. And speaking of beautiful gardens, the current issue of Elle Decor features the French home of Los Angeles designer John-Mark Horton. Friends of his mother, Raymond Poteau, a French antique dealer, and Henry Clarke, an American photographer for Vogue, purchased several properties one by one to create a lovely hillside home. As a child, John would visit the property with his mother and play in the garden. He recalled “The extremes of light and shade, and all the little corners you could hide in – it was glorious”. After the death of the couple, John decided to purchase the home after learning that it would be auctioned off. The home, perched on a terraced French hillside overlooking the beautiful blue sea, was in a state of disrepair and was reworked through a labor of love. I can definitely see how John was captivated by such a stunning location.

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The three pictures of John’s garden above are the only ones featured in the Elle Decor spread. They made me long for more so I hopped on over to his website and Instagram feed where I found a few additional pictures. The one below was particularly intriguing to me since I love a good “before” and “after”. It’s amazing to see how this particular part of the garden had filled in completely over time. It would be a treat to visit in person. 

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4 thoughts on “The French Garden of John-Mark Horton

  1. After Orange County says:

    Absolutely stunning. Where is it exactly in France? You are so correct in saying that gardens take time to mature. After a little over 10 years in my home, which we build on a forested lot, the landscape is finally maturing. I was noticing this fact as I was watering the other day. But even so, it still needs more new plants every year, as we lose some over each winter. It is a labor of love, but a joyful and fulfilling one.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      The property is located in Roquebrune, along the French Riviera. You are right, gardening is joyful and as impatient as I am, I still enjoy it. I bet seeing your lovely garden mature over the years has been very satisfying.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      I love a formal garden, too! This one is stunning and I can’t take my eyes off the view. Can you imagine being invited here to an al fresco luncheon. It would be heavenly…

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