“The objective is not to take the most perfect flower grown in the green house and arrange it with another perfect flower or foliage, but to recognize the most beautiful specimens of what is provided naturally, and to create something beautiful."
Marie-laure coste dujols | founder & lead designer, le jardin français
Throughout Marie-Laure’s career as a floral designer managing some of the premier shops in Paris, she also played an active role in the development of the family business. Since the creation (1989) of Le Jardin Français in France, a nursery and exhibition garden located on a portion of seventeenth century estate in the Oise region thirty miles north of Paris, Marie-Laure developed exhibits for national garden exhibitions, such as Courson and St. Jean de Beauregard, and creating floral designs for the garden’s many clients.
Following her graduation from the Lycée Hugues Capet preparatory school in 1995, she entered the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Toulouse. Upon completion of her first year, she transferred to the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris where her major course of study was Architecture. During this period, prior to her arrival in the United States, her talent had conquered many important designers in the industry. She managed Guillon Fleurs for almost two years, designed for Marianne Robic and Christian Tortu. She created weekly compositions for Christian Dior boutique and offices, Louis Vuitton, L'Oréal, Guerlain, Mauboussin, Sony Music, Paris Premiere Magazine, the Minister of Finance, Le Louvre, Musée Rodin, fashion shows and more.
Marie-Laure moved to Atlanta in 1998 to assume work for special event production company Gloriosa Design, where she was titled floral design manager. She then founded her own studio, Le Jardin Français, Inc., US, with the determination to bring the elegance and sophistication of her style to clients here. Located in a quaint northwest Atlanta district, the studio today is symbolic of the pride she takes in her craft and the love and appreciation that she holds for nature.
In 2011, Marie-Laure embarked on a new adventure in opening an annual pop-up shop for the Holidays—Le Jardin Français' Boutique de Noel. As Boutique de Noel developed loyal clients, city-wide recognition, and public interest, a year-round retail location became the next step. Le Jardin Français Boutique launched at Westside Provisions District where it has been located since 2013.