Victor Hugo envisioned a wild garden. The Feuillantines of his childhood inspired him to create the garden at Hauteville House, which itself resembles the garden in the rue Plumet in Les Misérables
Hauteville House Garden
The writer started to renovate the garden as soon as he bought the house. He installed a pond with the “Snake Fountain” from the Place Royale and a stone bench from where he could see the French coast. These two highly symbolic items became the focal points of the garden, where photographs were taken.
In 1869 a storm blew down the alley of fig trees. After this, the writer redesigned the garden. A new arbour of four fig trees now grows in the vegetable garden where visitors will also find the nearly wild asparagus and crambe (sea kale) that Victor Hugo wrote about. On 14 July 1870, the writer planted the "United States of Europe Oak", which is now more than a century old.