Allée

The Allée is our most popular selfie spot.

Allée is the French word for avenue. This green tunnel is made of 120 upright hornbeam trees curving around an arched structure through a technique called pleaching: a method of tying and interlacing flexible young shoots on a supporting framework to create walkways, arbors and arches. It is a popular technique in French and Italian gardening.

The Allée is in the center of campus, connecting the Tropical Border and WTC Educational Tribute Center to Cottage Row.

Such structures are commonly found in landscape designs of grand European gardens, such as those at Versailles. The Allée creates a different perspective for visitors walking between gardens. Instead of merely walking across a field, the enclosed area creates a different perception of space and a sense of anticipation. Admission is free of charge.