The Remarkable Garden at Abbaye de Valsaintes is a Must Visit
I have always loved gardens, although I have to admit to not being a great gardener myself. A summer garden with deep herbaceous borders, filled with the scent and colour of roses is always a delight and we have some delightful ones around us in the UK, such as this one at Coombe Trenchard just outside Okehampton.
…Continue reading here for details on Julie’s visit to Abbaye de Valsaintes and its garden which certainly deserves the Jardin Remarquable label. Situated at an altitude of 600 metres, deep in the Vaucluse between Simiane La Rotonde and Oppedette, the abbey is in the Alpes de Haute Provence. The original abbey dates back to 1180, with additions and restoration work since that time. The site has long attracted humans as evidenced by artefacts from Paleolithic, Gallo-Roman and Celtic times.
Visit the Abbey and Gardens
There are over 550 varieties of roses and some 350 other plants that can grow in the Provencal climate, including lavender of course.
You can also stay on-site in the gites, which will accommodate up to 16 people. Rates include breakfast.
Other Remarkable Gardens:
Bouc Bel Air – les Jardins d’Albertas – This garden, owned by the Albertas family, is located just a few minutes outside of Aix-en-Provence
Bonnieux – La Louvre – Nicole de Vésian’s vision was a garden that would be green all year using only native Mediterranean plants. Due to its position on the hillside, the garden is terraced. La Louve is a bit like a Hermès scarf, at first it appears like a beautiful design then you begin to see the details.
Cap Ferrat – Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild – Madame Ephrussi commissioned the construction of an extravagant, Italian Renaissance-style villa bearing both of her names. The project which included magnificent gardens took seven years (1905 to 1912) to complete.
Menton: Discover the renowned gardens, some public, others private, where the Alpes-Maritimes climate generates a variety of exotic flora, not grown in other regions of Europe. Enjoy the historic Jardin de La Serre Madone, with plants from exotic lands, or the Jardins du Palais Carnolès, containing the largest citrus collection in Europe.