Scaling France’s model gardens down to size

Jacques Hennequin and his model of Versailles’ Grand Trianon garden

Jacques Hennequin believes he is the only garden model-maker in France. Here, he tells The Connexion all about his unusual job...

Jacques Hennequin, 71, loves his job – and is convinced he is the only person in France to do it.

He makes model gardens for a living and has recreated in miniature  many of France’s finest gardens, including the Grand Trianon at Versailles and Villandry. He has recently donated many of his models to the Nuage Vert museum at Argentat-sur-Dordogne, Corrèze and they will be on display for an exhibition of his work from May 31 to June 30.

What made you take this unusual career route?

I have loved making models since I was a boy, but for 25 years I worked as an audio-visual engineer in television.

'I started by making and sending one part of the vegetable garden at Château de Villandry. They liked it so much I got my first order, to reproduce the entire gardens in miniature' says Jacques Hennequin

When I was 48, I was made redundant and then had to find some way of earning money.

So I tried to think of something I both knew I could do and enjoyed doing – and decided to have a go at making garden models for a living.

I started by making and sending one part of the ...

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