THE VICTOR HUGO GARDEN

For six thousand years and more
Humanity has liked making war
While God wastes all his hours
Making the stars and the flowers

 

Victor Hugo, from Les Chansons des rues et des bois, 1865 

‘Nearly as many flowers in the winter as in the summer…’, L’Archipel de la Manche

Two gardens in the sea

‘The Ocean hides the islands in its mysterious mists and envelops them with a warm breath (the gulf-stream); this results – on rocks, in the middle of the sea – in a flora that the most beautiful islands of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean might envy. Agaves and camellias grow outdoors … Jersey. Guernsey! (The sailors say these words with an infinite gentleness); for the curious, two gardens a rock holds suspended over the sea; for the dreamer, two worlds, two microcosms.’ Charles Hugo, Victor Hugo at home, 1864

What's in a name

Hugo’s Journal, July 7 1872: ‘Visit from a plant breeder with a geranium named “Victor Hugo”, which is “selling in the thousands because – or despite – it’s called Victor Hugo”‘