Japanese gardens are known for their Zen atmosphere and their relaxing side. You can walk there in peace. The arrangement of natural elements is also just as important as the type of plants present. The Japanese garden is inspired by feng-shui and each space is dedicated to a universe. There are several Japanese gardens in France that you can visit to admire and smell the different plants. Here are 5.
- 1) Nantes: the garden on the island of Versailles
- 2) Toulouse: the Compans Caffarelli garden
- 3) Paris: the garden of the Hôtel d’Heidelbach
- 4) Beaumont-Monteux (Drôme): Erik Borja’s garden
- 5) Boulogne-Billancourt: Albert Kahn’s garden
1) Nantes: the garden on the island of Versailles
Japanese steps , waterfalls, large pools and sublime rocks await you in the garden on the island of Versailles, which covers no less than 1.7 hectares. Let yourself be carried away by the elements between plants, minerals and waters. Trees carved into clouds take you to dreamland.
2) Toulouse: the Compans Caffarelli garden
The Compans Caffarelli garden in Toulouse will first welcome you with a tea pavilion. Then, let yourself be guided by the gravel paths. Admire the exotic plants and the freshness of the bamboo. The garden also has a beautiful lake.
3) Paris: the garden of the Hôtel d’Heidelbach
Not far from the Guimet museum hides the marvelous garden of the Hôtel d’Heidelbach. Do not hesitate to stroll among the bamboo leaves which gradually reveal the Japanese steps. They will take you to the tea pavilion where Japanese traditions are respected.
4) Beaumont-Monteux (Drôme): Erik Borja’s garden
Erik Borja is a visual artist and sculptor. He made his talent available for five gardens on the theme of Japanese art. There is the reception garden where the small pool allows each person to purify themselves before entering. Then, you can stroll through the meditation garden, the tea garden, the promenade garden (where you can admire magnificent Japanese maples) and finally the dragon garden.
5) Boulogne-Billancourt: Albert Kahn’s garden
In reality, Albert Kahn created two Japanese gardens. One of the gardens is quite modern with beautiful red bridges typical of the Japanese garden. The other looks like an old Japanese village.