Le Jardin du Coq, in downtown Clermont, is your classic French garden. Perhaps a little less formal than most (no flat acres of raked gravel under excessively trimmed plane trees), it still captures that French Garden essence of strictly controlled beauty and the mastery of man's artistry over Nature's wildness.Bad people! No touching the grass! I mean it: in the summer there are guards patrolling the garden, shooing people off the lawn. They'll give you a ticket if you don't obey. No frisbee, no picnicing except on benches, no lying back on the lawn.No garden would be complete without its water-spouting/dribbling statuary and a few mallards hanging around. Or without a commemorative bust in front of the sequoia (gift of the people of California).Our rose garden is just starting to bud. In a month the trellises will be covered with roses of all colors.Yes, well, there is one raked gravel path around the edge, and its row of plane trees. These are overdue for a good trim.
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