Cultural Sites - gardens in France
Great gardens of France
France offers you a whole range of images, characters, fragrances, architecture and exotic plants. You will find the chateaux of the Loire surrounded by their individual gardens: Chenonceau, Langeais, Ussé, Villandry.
Paris area / Ile de France
Do not miss the Jardins de Bagatelle, the Kahn gardens, or the Park of Saint-Cloud. If you follow the chateaux you will find the gardens are superb. Versailles, of course, but also Fontainebleau, Vaux le Vicomte, Breteuil, Thoiry and the Park of Courson.
Aquitaine - Bordeaux Area, Southwestern France
The Aquitaine welcomes you to the gardens of the Château de Hautefort with its terraces built on former moats, to the Villa Arnaga in Cambo-les-Bains with its waterfalls, rose garden and orangery, and to the public gardens in Bordeaux. One cannot emphasize enough the beauty of the Pyrenees scenery in the Park of the Château de Laas.
Burgundy/Bourgogne - Between Paris and Lyon, Eastern France
See, in Burgundy, the gardens of the abbey of Fontenay laid out behind the monastery and the abbey of Bussière-surOuche, the garden of l'Arquebuse in Dijon, and the garden of the Château de Cormatin evocative of the period of Henry IV with its maze of clipped box, the surprising Folie du Domaine Chandon de Briailles, the water-garden of the Château de Châtillon-en-Bazois,
Brittany/Bretagne - Western France, By the Atlantic Ocean (on the other side!)
Brittany opens the doors to its gardens with the Parc de Trévarez with its rich collections of camellias and azaleas. In Pleugeuneuc, the Château de la Bourbansais offers a botanical tour and the Ile de Batz has an exotic garden. In the heart of Rennes, 16th century gardens provide a lovely setting.
Loire Valley - Southwest of Paris
The Loire Valley/Château Country offers a great variety of gardens, often in connection with the famous ch&aciteaux.
Here you will also find the International Parks, Gardens and Landscape Conservatory (address: Château farm, 41150 Chaumont-sur-Loire - Tel: (33) 126.96.36.199.22, Fax: (33) 188.8.131.52.24).
The Conservatory has its home in the 19th century model farm next to the Château de Chaumont. A unique institution in Europe, its activities include all areas of landscape gardening. It is an international showcase for the cultural policy of France's Centre region. It is also an important meeting-point for landscape gardeners, especially during the yearly Garden Festival (mid-June to mid-October).
Some of the Conservatory's objectives include the dissemination of information and know-how, keeping abreast of technical innovations, offering an elaborate training program related to plants, as well as opening up projects to the social, economic, technical and cultural context. These objectives are aimed at students and those who attend training seminars, technicians or those in charge of local organizations, managers of large landscaping companies, public works managers and amateur gardeners. Classes are held in the recently refurbished farm buildings which also welcome visitors.
Visit the Park of Apremont, between the town of Apremont and its chateau, the Maison Picassiette in Chartres, the Art-Déco gardens in Bourges.
The Pays de la Loire with the rose garden of Doué la Fontaine, the garden of the abbey of Fontevraud and also the Eastern-style gardens of Maulevrier.
Franche-Comte - South of Alsace, North of Lyon, by the Swiss Border, Eastern France
In the Jura, in Salans, discover the heritage of the great 18th century in the English manners.
Languedoc-Roussillon - Straight Southern France, by the Mediterranean Sea
The garden of the Abbey of Fontfroide, near Narbonne, is famous for its wisteria. Its groves of olive and cypress trees resemble the garden of Saint Francis of Assissi. The Bamboo plantation of Prafance has a far eastern ambiance unique in Europe. The Jardin de la Fontaine in Nîmes is a most original garden surrounding the ancient site.
Limousin, Central France
In the Limousin, Beaumont-du-Lac, the Parc Vassivière and the gardens of the Bishops' Palace in Limoges, above the valley of the Vienne.
Midi-Pyrenees - Toulouse Area, Extends from Center France to Border of Spain Southwestern France
In the Périgord you can see the garden of the Manor of Eyrignac, in the style of the great Italian gardens.
Normandy - North West of Paris
A thousand gardens in Normandy...the Jardins des Plantes in Caen to be found at the top of a former stone quarry and especially, in Giverny, the garden of Claude Monet with its profusion of color and famous white water lilies. In Varengeville, a wealth of the maples Japanese are to be found in the botanical garden of Moutiers which extends down towards the sea...
Picardy - Northern France, by the Border of Belgium
Picardy stands out, with its gardens of the Abbey of Vauclair, and those of the Château de Chantilly, designed by Le Nôtre, with their monumental staircase.
Provence - Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Areas, Southeastern France
The Promenade of the Alyscamps in Arles. Especially worthy of a visit in Marseilles, are the Parc Borely and the formal botanical garden.
Rhone-Alps - Lyon and Grenoble Areas, Southeastern France
In the Rhône-Valley, stroll through Lyon's Parc de la Tête d'Or, a landscaped area of rare quality with its lake and rose garden.
Riviera - Nice - Cannes - Monaco Areas, Southwestern France, on the Mediterranean Sea, by the Border of Italy
You will be delighted by the gardens. You must see them all: the gardens of the Picasso museum in Antibes, the Parc Phoenix in Nice, the exotic garden in Eze-Village, the garden of the Villa Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
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