Gardens in France

In France are a lot of gardens of great importance.
The quality of the gardens is from the same level as in Great Britain.
Below you can see a small selection of the gardens you can visit.



Click on the name for a direct connection to the garden.


1. Les Jardins de Valloires.
2. Le Bois des Moutiers.
3. Le Jardin des Valerianes.
4. Les Jardins d'Angélique.
5. Jardins Claude Monet.
6. Le Clos du Coudray.
7. Agapanthe.
8. Les jardins de Cotelle.
9. Château et jardins de Miromesnil.
10. Jardins de Maizicourt.
11. Jardin Floral de Digeon.
12. Les Jardins de Sericourt.
13. Herbarium Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme.
14. Le Jardin de Marie-Ange.
15. Jardin du Petit-Bordeaux.


1. Les Jardins de Valloires


In the garden of this 18th century abbey, you will find more than 5000 species and
varieties of plants.
The garden was opened for the public in 1989 and is very well-kept.
There is a rose garden with an important collection of old French roses,
and also a water garden and a white garden.
The rose garden with the abbey in the background provides a fascinating backdrop,
with borders situated on the right and the left side of the lawn.
Behind the borders on the left are islands, each planted with their own category of plants.
Near to the exit there is a small abbey garden and a shop with a cafetaria.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Les Jardins de Valloires

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For more images look at:
Photoalbum Les jardins de Valloires.



2. Le Bois des Moutiers


The beautiful gardens surround the fine house, designed by the architect Edwin Lutyens.
Gertrude Jekyll was responsable for of the planting in 1898.
There is a pergola in the garden that is characteristic of
the work of Lutyens and Jekyll.
Many Rhododendrons in the spring, in summer a magnificent double border.
Lots of roses adorn the garden, which is divided into various rooms.
A woodland park of 12 ha. encloses the estate.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Le Bois des Moutiers

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3. Le Jardin des Valerianes


This smaller private garden (It still has a size of 4000 m2), shows
that the cottage garden has been created carefully
and has an extensive collection of plants. A very nice composition indeed.
Looking at the choice of plants and the closely-cut lawn,
you can see that the owner Michel Tissait and his wife
deliver professional work.
Entering the car park you just know that the garden must be beautiful.
A wide curving path with borders on both sides leads through the garden.
Many beautiful roses and extraordinary trees are eye-catchers.
This is a garden that has a lot to offer the whole year round.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Le Jardin des Valerianes

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For morew images look at:
Fotoalbum Le Jardin de Valérianes 2002.




4. Les Jardins d'Angélique


Gloria and Yves Lebellegard started laying-out their garden in 1990
surrounding a pretty 17-year old house.
Along the various grass paths and ponds, a romantic garden has been created with
over 200 rose species.
Furthermore, there are many Hydrangea species, Clematis and Hostas.
The borders, in mainly pasteltints, are a lust for the eye.
A few years ago a new garden was created behind the house,
containing beds edged with box with mainly white planting.
A pond with statues creates a perfect picture.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Les Jardins d'Angélique

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5. Jardins Claude Monet


This is the master-piece of the well-known French
impressionist Claude Monet.
He was a talented painter and gardener.
The house named Clos Normand, lies in the formal part of the garden.
The two gardens are separated by a road;
a tunnel leading from the formal garden to the
incredible pond garden that has, among other things, a Japanese bridge.
His garden was a source of inspiration for many of of his paintings.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Jardins Claude Monet

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6. Le Clos du Coudray, Parc Floral


Marie-Christine and Jean Le Bret bought the property in 1973.
The garden has been extensively extended and opened to the public in 1993.
You will find a rose garden, shadow borders, a rock garden and a kitchen garden.
There are also some beautiful pergolas.
Emphasis is on flowering plants the year round with over 5000 different
plant species represented.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Le Clos du Coudray

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For more images look at:
Photoalbum Le Clos du Coudray 2002.



7. Les Jardins Agapanthe


Mr. Alexandre Thomas started this garden in 1985
with a relatively small area of 2.500 m2.
Later in 1995, he added another 2500 m2. The garden is very closely planted,
and sometimes it looks like you're walking through a jungle.
He created a garden of different levels, to create the illusion of space.
There are many salient features of the garden:
the scented walk, the sunken garden with its lavenders and the Mediterranean garden.
Various structures are in place to set off the plants, the many shrubs and the topiaries.
Also tubplants and ornaments are not missing.
The different levels create a spatial effect.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Les Jardins Agapanthe

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For more images look at:
Fotoalbum Les Jardins Agapanthe.




8. Les jardins de Cotelle


Romantic and picturesque is a good description of this garden.
It's the result of the co-operation between a grower and a painter.
The garden was designed by Catherine Cotelle,
who knew how to show the plants surrounding the house to full advantage.
Frédéric, the painter, enjoyed her colour combinations of the plants to his heart's content.
In this garden are also many special shrubs and roses.
The combination of Frédéric (material knowledge)
and Catherine (fantasy and colour combinations ) have created
a wonderful garden of modest proportions that will fascinate the visitor.
The garden is at Derchigny-Graincourt, near Dieppe.
There is no website available.

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9. Le château de Miromesnil


The historic castle is situated in one of the oldest and most beautiful beech woods
in this part of the country.
Building of the castle was started in 1589..
The castle has two different fronts;
On the south side red brick and majestic classicism and on the north side
Louis XIX style with fruit and flower garlands.
The vegetable garden is surrounded by old brick walls.
The garden is divided in four sections with nice borders.
The garden was created by Princesse Sturdza and was home to
Guy de Maupassant, who was born here.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Château de Miromesnil

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10. Jardins de Maizicourt


The Jardins de Maizicourt is a romantic garden
with elegant nooks and surprising views.
The more than twenty different garden rooms each have their own atmosphere,
from relaxing to wild and lush to stark.
This impressive garden was chosen as the most beautiful garden of France in 2006.
Around the brick castle from XVIIIth century English gardens, 8 acres of gardens,
a park and a vegetable garden were created.
Since 1989 the garden of Catharine Guenevoux is completely refurbished
and since 1997 is the garden opened to the public.
All this is enlivened with ponds, fountains and gazebos.
We see garlands of roses, hydrangeas and perennials.
The owner sees her garden as a creation
who keeps changing, a sort of living painting.
The garden is considered as one of the most beautiful gardens in France.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Jardins de Maizicourt

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For more images look at:
Photoalbum Jardins de Maizicourt 2011.



11. Jardin Floral de Digeon


The 19th century castle and the farm are located in a park of about 6 acres.
The park contains many trees of at least 100 years old.
The garden is beautiful: restrained where needed and exuberantly where possible.
In the garden we may find an area with hydrangeas and botanical collections.
Elsewhere we see a lot of irises.
The core of the garden is a large vegetable garden, which is worth a visit.
The walled garden is divided into 4 different gardens.
Other buildings such as barns and stables are all in the same style.
Relatively new is the classic rose garden, which the current owners
added to the estate in 1997.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Jardin Floral de Digeon

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For more images look at:
Photoalbum Jardin Floral de Digeon 2011.



11. Les Jardins de Sericourt


The gardens were designed by landscape architects Guillaume and Yves Gosse de Gorre.
Discover a fleet of more than 4 hectares
recognized as one of the most beautiful gardens in France
labeled "Remarkable Garden" by the Ministry of Culture and elected "Garden of the Year 2012".
The rooms are very intimate in the middle of the garden.
Skip to outside the rooms vaster in scope.
Here they fit well into the surrounding landscape.
Some of the central gardens were designed around the theme of war.
A characteristic feature in Séricourt is the perfect topiary and hedge work,
In the gardens is used to portray peculiar creations
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Les Jardins de Sericourt

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For more images look at:
Photoalbum Les Jardins de Sericourt.



13. Herbarium Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme


The Herbarium des Remparts of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is the garden of Nicole Quillot who has a passion for botany.
On the heights on the battlements of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, this star-shaped garden of 1,700 m2
starts at an old apple tree and is the guardian of a vegetal heritage.
It was created in 1996. At the same place, the nuns of the hospital cultivated a garden for centuries.
You will be charmed by the roses arbour.
Old and rare vegetables are placed side by side with aromatic plants.
You can discover the "guède" or "waide" in picard.
This tincture plant made the fortune of the shopkeepers of Amiens.
You can admire the rockery flowers.
When Nicole Quillot discovered it, it only remained a apple tree.
She has a passion for plants and she worked a lot to give it a new life.
The garden is the reconstitution of the hospital nuns' gardens on several themes:
ornamental plants, historical plants, edible plants, condiments and medicinal plants.
You can find there more than 1000 species of plants.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Herbarium Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme

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Photoalbum Herbarium Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme.



14. Le Jardin de Marie-Ange


The 2,5 acre garden is situated in the small village of Ternois between Arras and Le touquet.
The garden was created in 1983 in what was a meadow with an apple tree.
In 1999 the garden was extended with fruit trees.
By hedges, the garden is divided into different rooms.
In the garden we find a gazebo, lots of perennials and roses.
Furthermore, a natural pond with river banks, and in a part of the garden are various vegetables.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Le Jardin de Marie-Ange

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For more images look at:
Photoalbum Le Jardin de Marie-Ange.



15. Jardin du Petit-Bordeaux


This 4 acre garden was founded in 1987 and is a beautiful mature garden.
The garden was designed and planted by one man and one woman.
They show here what you can achieve by working hard.
There are more than 4000 different plants, including Acers collections,
Hydrangeas, Cornus including the beautiful Cornus kousa 'Salomi', roses and grasses.
There is a beautiful sub-planting under the many trees.
Beautiful color combinations can be seen in the spring, summer and autumn.
Two ponds give an idyllic look.
Various interesting plants are for sale in the nursery.
This delightful garden was chosen as the "preferred garden of the French"
in the Pays-de-Loire region in 2014 by viewers of the France2 television channel.
It was also the winner of the "Best Park in France 2007".
The garden was also awarded the 'Jardin Remarquable' label in 2007 by the French Minister of Culture.
It also won the Prix Bonpland in 2002.
Go to the website below for opening hours and admission prices:

Jardin du Petit-Bordeaux

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For more images look at:
Photoalbum Jardin du Petit Bordeaux.