Broderie (garden feature)

Broderie (from the French word French: broderie = "embroidery") is a garden art term associated with Baroque garden design. Broderie emerged in France around 1600 and was used until 1770. Several phases of development can be distinguished.

Broderie in the Blühendes Barock Garden at Ludwigsburg

A broderie is an ornamental garden made of sheared box hedges. The main motifs are wreaths and strapwork, more rarely they are in the shape of monograms and figures.

The ornamental shapes were filled in with other materials (gravel, grit, broken brick, glass shards, coal etc.). This enabled the ornamental garden to be admired from a distance, for example by those in the rooms on the bel étage of a country house, schloss or chateau.

In French garden art the parterre en broderie was the highest form of parterre.


  • Clemens Alexander Wimmer: Die Broderie der Gärten. In: Barockberichte. No. 46/47, 2007, ISSN 1029-3205, pp. 61–78.

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