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10 gardens not to miss when visiting france

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The next time you visit France, here are 10 gardens not to miss!

Embark on a journey through France’s captivating landscapes and explore its remarkable gardens. From urban sanctuaries to rural havens, these 10 gardens are essential stops for any traveler discovering France. Dive into the rich tapestry of French gardening and uncover the breathtaking scenery that awaits you.

10 gardens not to miss when visiting france
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1. Jardin des Tuileries, Paris: Situated in the heart of Paris, the Jardin des Tuileries is a historic gem featuring elegant statues, tranquil ponds, and manicured pathways. Come to this garden to soak in its timeless charm.

2. Villandry Gardens, Loire Valley: Discover the enchanting beauty of the Villandry Gardens, nestled within the grounds of the Château de Villandry. Explore its intricate parterres, vibrant rose gardens, and lush vegetable patches that showcase French Renaissance design at its finest.

Claude Monet's Garden
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3. Claude Monet’s Garden, Giverny: Step into the world of Impressionist Art at Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny. Wander through the vibrant blooms, serene water lilies, and iconic footbridges that inspired some of Monet’s most famous paintings.

Château de Versailles Gardens
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4. Château de Versailles Gardens, Versailles: Lose yourself in the grandeur of the Château de Versailles Gardens, a masterpiece of French landscape architecture. Marvel at its grand avenues, ornate fountains, and meticulously manicured lawns that reflect the opulence of the Sun King’s reign.

5. Parc Floral de la Source, Orléans: Discover botanical bliss in Parc Floral de la Source in Orléans. Admire its diverse collection of exotic plants, fragrant roses, and colorful azaleas that thrive in this tranquil oasis in the Loire Valley.

6. Les Jardins des Marqueyssac, Dordogne Valley: Experience the enchanting beauty of the Dordogne Vally at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. Meander through its winding pathways, whimsical topiary sculptures, and breathtaking vistas that offer a true taste of French countryside charm.

7. Jardin d’Etretat, Etretat, Normandy: Overlooking the iconic cliffs of Etretat, this unique garden offers a stunning blend of coastal landscapes and artistic expression. Designed to complement the natural beauty of the surroundings, the Jardin d’Etretat features sculptural installations, native plantings, and panoramic views of the English Channel, providing visitors with an unforgettable experience amid the rugged beauty of Normand’s coastline.

8. Parc de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris: Discover this luscious gem just right outside of Paris in Bois de Boulogne. Explore its botanical riches, from fragrant rose gardens to serene water features, and escape the city’s hustle and bustle in this flourishing paradise.

Les Jardins de Castillon
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9. Les Jardins de Castillon, Castillon, Nouvelle-Aquitaine: Located near the Dordogne River, Les Jardins de Castillon is known for its stunning topiary sculptures and format French gardens. People come here to marvel at the intricate designs of the clipped hedges, geometric patterns, and whimsical shapes that adorn this enchanting garden.

Jardin de Montperthuis, La Pillardière
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10. Jardin de Montperthuis, La Pillardière, Normandy: Jardin de Montperthuis welcomes visitors with its lush greenery, vibrant blooms, and captivating topiary sculptures, this hidden gem offers a peaceful retreat for nature lovers and garden enthusiasts alike. Take a stroll along its winding pathways, breathe in the fragrant aromas, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this enchanting oasis.

From urban sanctuaries to rural havens, these 10 gardens are essential stops for any traveler discovering France. With France’s diverse array of gardens, you are sure to find some that resonate with you. Next time you’re in France, be sure not to miss out on our top picks!


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Written by Sarah Nusz

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