Abbaye de Valloires
As well as its renowned collection of more than 4,000 rare plants, the Abbaye de Valloires is also home to an extraordinary, five acre garden created by the pioneer of the ‘le jardin en mouvement’ (the moving garden) Gilles Clement.
Château de Bosmelet
First created three centuries ago, the garden at Château de Bosmelet boasts the longest avenue of lime trees in Europe. In modern times, it has become a must visit destination for horticulturalists thanks to its rainbow Potager, the meticulously colour coordinated kitchen garden which won a gold medal for its creator, Baroness Laurence de Bosmelet in the 2007 Chelsea Flower Show.
Les Bois des Moutiers
British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was one of the first architects to design both house and garden as a single entity and Les Bois des Moutiers is arguably the finest example of his skill. Created with the help of garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, it was conceived as a living picture.
The Gardens of Giverny
The gardens surrounding Monet’s home in Giverny are divided into small, hedge-framed ‘rooms’, each one with its own unique composition of colours and shapes. Highlights include the flower garden with its boarders of poppies, cornflowers, irises, and roses and the instantly recognisable Water Garden.