The gardens at Nemours are very well maintained. While we were there the big pool was being rebuilt; there was a lot of dirt! There are historical gates on the two sides of the house. The bus stops at the British one and across the front of the house is the heavier looking Russian gate.
The view from the front of the house is down hill to the mid-garden structures…female sphinxes on both sides of the porch.
Walking around the house toward the Russian gate, the turtle pond garden can be viewed from ground level.
The weather vane glowed in the afternoon sun.
Looking back to the house walking down into the garden….
The maple tree lined drive used by the bus that carries everyone between the visitor center and the mansion (no pedestrian entrance or exit).
Many of the sculptures must be reproductions or otherwise very well maintained. The marble ones looked too good to be 1920s vintage.
Structures divide the gardens into ‘rooms’ making the transition to less formality further from the house.
We noticed a bridge by one of the ponds and walked over. The reflections of trees in the pond viewed from the bridge was one of my favorite scenes of the garden.
There is a temple with a Houdon sculpture of Diana at the far end of garden. We walked toward the road and found the bus to take us back through the security fence to the visitor center.