“If fairies still exist, this is where they hide. Quiet and well-meaning, by the shady springs that criss-cross the grounds or beneath the circles of water which tinge the gently winding moats with pale green. So what is this force that would lead us unhesitatingly to believe that all the spirits of nature are gathered here?
Is it perhaps the breath of its creator? Or that of his daughter Marie-Eugenie who loved to frolic here with her brother Louis and was baptised in the chapel of Saint Madeleine on the 5th of October 1817. She, who founded the religious order of the Assumption and who was canonised by Paul VI in 1975.
It was her father, Jacques Milleret, who designed the park. He wanted to set off the ruins of the old fortress. It was he who, at the beginning of the 19th Century, opted for the English style, and who had the rare species imported, and above all, acclimatized them … One must go to the west of the Château across the moats by an attractive cast-iron footbridge from the Wendel foundry, in order to get to the park. Saint Nicolas is its protector from up on his 18th Century “Bildstock”, a typical Calvary from the Moselle. From there one can take an alleyway leading to a little chestnut wood in the middle of which a statue of Saint Madeleine seems to be in eternal repentance.
Other grassy trails will take you towards a forest of oak trees or towards other pastures, the refuge of the flock of Hampshire sheep which grazein the grounds.
Park Preisch covers 170 hectares of which 105 are occupied by a golf course comprising three 9 hole courses..
« Each tree offers its poem and unveils its essence ». At the foot of about thirty trees, markers indicating the common name, the Latin name and a haiku about the particularity of the tree have been set up. Educational booklets are made available in order to explain the poems.
In the former kitchen garden, the boxwood hedges, borders of the past century, have been cleared and restored, plantation areas and pathways have been turfed. Above the central path, a pergola covered with flowery and scented climbing plants overhangs the box hedges. In order to brighten them boxwood ‘Argentea’ (Buxus sempervirens ‘Argentea’) has been planted at their base.
Free rein was given to the sculptor who shaped the boxwood bushes in diverse forms, figurative, abstract or in animal forms.