In France, there is undoubtedly a tradition of gardens and parks for many years. The name of the French garden is just one example. So which ones are worth visiting? Here is a non-exhaustive list of gardens and parks which are among the most beautiful in France! 

Summary

  • 1. The gardens of the Palace of Versailles
  • 2. The gardens of the Château de Villandry 
  • 3. Prafrance bamboo grove in Anduze
  • 4. The Artist’s Garden, Giverny
  • 5. The gardens of Menton 
  • 6. The Golden Head Park, Lyon
  • 7. The Fountain Gardens, Nîmes
  • 8. Parc Monceau, Paris
  • 9. The hanging gardens of Marqueyssac
  • 10. The gardens of the Eyrignac manor

1. The gardens of the Palace of Versailles

It is undoubtedly the best example that we can find to present the excellence of the French garden, here sublimated by Le Nôtre  ! The diversity it contains allows you to lose yourself for hours in the orangery , the various groves, the king’s garden or even that of the Trianon so appreciated by Marie-Antoinette.

garden park castle Versailles
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2. The gardens of the Château de Villandry 

Spread over three levels, these are almost more famous than the castle they surround. The geometry of the motifs in the Ornamental Garden is fascinating, and you can stroll as you please in the various labyrinths and surrounding gardens, one of which is dedicated to aromatic plants.

Chateau de Villandry garden
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3. Prafrance bamboo grove in Anduze

In the south of France , this unique place abounds with a host of varieties of bamboo, flowers, trees and plants, many of which are among the rarest in the world. All on fifteen hectares  !

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Anduze bamboo grove
Here, the Japanese pavilion. Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Hélène Badouin

4. The Artist’s Garden, Giverny

This garden is both an opportunity to connect with nature and culture. It is indeed the residence of Claude Monet , within which is the garden which directly inspired his most famous painting: The Water Lilies .

Giverny Monet garden
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5. The gardens of Menton 

Known for its lemon trees , the city of Menton is also home to magnificent gardens, including that of Val Rahmeh , among the Maria Serana garden or that of the Fontana Rosa . So spoiled for choice, all close to the sea. Perfect for the holidays!

Val Ramheh garden Menton
Val Rahmeh Garden. Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Gossipguy

6. The Golden Head Park, Lyon

The advantage of public gardens is that they are much more easily accessible – by definition. That of the golden head in Lyon is undoubtedly in the list of the greatest in the country. It contains greenhouses, chalets, a lake and a botanical garden , among others.

Parc de la Tête d'Or Lyon
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7. The Fountain Gardens, Nîmes

The construction of these magnificent gardens began in 1745, on archaeological remains dating from antiquity. There is therefore a classical garden dating from this period, and a Mediterranean garden where there are cypresses and Aleppo pines.

Fountain garden Nimes
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8. Parc Monceau, Paris

It’s hard to choose between Parisian gardens, since many of them – like the one in Buttes-Chaumont – are worth the detour. In Parc Monceau, Renaissance architecture rubs shoulders with statues of writers and composers .

Parc Monceau Paris
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9. The hanging gardens of Marqueyssac

Located in the Dordogne, these gardens are located on a belvedere, and please with their appearance which is reminiscent of the world of Alice in Wonderland . The boxwood is trimmed harmoniously for a unique and harmonious result.

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Marqueyssac garden
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10. The gardens of the Eyrignac manor

From Anas le Périgord, these gardens offer remarkable plant sculptures that are carved by hand. There is a vegetable garden, a French garden or a Chinese pagoda. A feast for the eyes !

jardin Eyrignac
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And you, is there one that interests you, or that you want to make known? Let us know in the comments!

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