|The house is center, orangery with red roof on left, labyrinth to the right|
|Another view of the property|
Magdalena came up with the ideas for her gardens and based them on the prevailing French style. She used her knowledge of French culture in the creation of two fountains. La Fontaine du Dragon alludes to the story of the garden of Hesperides, while the second, La Fontaine de la Poulle refers to a fable of La Fontaine where she replaces a crow with a chicken and a fox for a dog. La Fontaine de la Poulle is a chicken spurting water on a high grotto pedestal, being chased by a dog. La Fontaine de la Poulle is interesting for its technology; a gutter or trough near the attic window of the house was used as a reservoir for the fountain. When Magdalena wanted to impress her guests she had a servant pull the cap off the reservoir which sent water rushing through a pipe and shot out of the beak of the chicken. The fountain would spurt water until the reservoir was empty.
|La Fontaine de la Poulle|
|Orangery with two hothouses on either end of the building. Pots of exotics on the ground and the Fontaine du Dragon.|
Magdalena was deeply involved in the creation of all her gardens and she held a passion for being amongst the first to bring in exotic plants. Most especially, she had built the orangery (greenhouse) and its state- of -the- art hothouses in order to do this.
What a shame that her family had no interest in her collection, especially when considering that all she had built and assembled was for the long term benefit of the family. A long line of descendants have lived in Gunterstein and the home and gardens are open to the public on specific days. Today Gunterstein’s gardens are much reduced and the original 17th century ornamental gardens along with the Fontaine de la Poulle are gone.