Varengeville-sur-Mer, French capital of gardens

It is an unofficial title, of course, but such a set of gardens of all splendour, of all softness, is undoubtedly unique in France!

 

Five exceptional gardens

We are not far from Dieppe, and the village that lies along the cliff unfolds its gardens, so beautiful that one of them can be thought to be the famous "extraordinary garden", which Trenet first sang in 1957!

Having integrated the concept of the four-season garden in the 1950s, under the impetus of the wonderful gardener Princess Greta Sturdza, these gardens are beautiful all year round. A date, if one is needed, may be noted at the end of October, when the village organizes its Plant Day.

Let's take a few steps in five exceptional gardens, among the fifteen or so remarkable gardens in the town....

 

The Launay Pond, a shock...

You innocently stroll along a wall of rhododendrons and magnolias, and here opens a magical perspective, a landscape painting of 6 hectares that took more than twenty years of work, in which three ponds nestle, and about 7000 plant species, coming from all over the world to meet each other, there.

And the author indicates that, when he arrived in 1990, there was nothing but meadows and swamps!

 

Morville Wood

Unlike the previous one, the sumptuous perspective that ends it is delightfully long overdue, since screens of camellias, holm oaks, or western azaleas hide to the very end the famous view of the Bois de Morville, the wooded valley that flows towards the sea, visible through a deliberate cutout, cut into the foliage.

The Vasterival garden, the princess' passion and know-how

1955, Princess Greta Sturdza bought a few hectares of woods and swamps. And it makes it a field of experimentation and discoveries that will revolutionize the art of gardening.

The valley has a harmony of colours, shapes and textures in all seasons, and the collections are lovingly cared for, such as that of the rhododendrons, with its...800 species!

 

 The Bois des Moutiers

He's over 120 years old! It offers two large parts, a 4 hectare English garden, around the house, and an 8 hectare natural park, majestic trees and "rhododendron seas". A philosophy: the greatest freedom guides nature, in symbiosis with man and the divine.

The garden has been classified as a historical monument since 1975, and has been labelled as a "Remarkable Garden" since 2004.

 

Alexander's garden

He's still a baby, very recently born. The land has been profiled to obtain beautiful perspectives, 2000 trees have been planted, 7 small ponds have been designed and created...

It is interesting to read the full potential of this work in the making.

 

Mairie de Varengeville-sur-Mer
47, route de Dieppe
76119 Varengeville-sur-Mer
Tél. : 02 35 85 12 46


assoprotection.varengeville@gmail.com

 

 


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JARDINS INSOLITES REMARQUABLES DE HAUTE-NORMANDIE

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Connus ou moins connus, les plus beaux jardins de Haute-Normandie, réunis pour la première fois en un seul ouvrage. Quelques trésors insolites ; notices détaillées, écrites par une spécialiste des jardins ; belles photos. Exemples : Parc du château de Troncq, Roseraie de Mesnil-Geoffroy, Jardin Le Guell à Vitot, Jardins de Claude Monet à Giverny.
La Seine-Maritime Intime

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Bienvenue à tous dans la Seine-Maritime des quatre saisons. Bienvenue dans les ruelles de nos communes. Bienvenue dans nos églises et nos chapelles. Bienvenue dans nos chemins creux, sur nos sentiers du vertige coincés entre ciel et mer. Bienvenue dans les entrailles de nos futaies, dans les profondeurs de nos valleuses. Bienvenue au cœur d’une nature riche, généreuse, prête à s’offrir à qui sait, à qui veut voir. Stéphane William Gondoin est l’auteur de très nombreux ouvrages et articles culturels ou historiques. Il est également rédacteur en chef adjoint du magazine Patrimoine Normand.
Jardins de rêve

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Photographiés par Claire Takacs, tous célèbrent la passion des plantes, l'originalité voire l'onirisme de leurs créateurs.
Du Shinjuku Gyoen à Tokyo, au Cevan Forristt en Californie, en passant par les Jardin plume ou de Berchigranges en France, la lecture prend la route d'un passionnant voyage au cœur de lieux tous plus surprenants et magnifiques les uns que les autres.
L'ouvrage met en particulier l'accent sur la manière d'inscrire et d'intégrer un jardin dans un paysage préexistant et fait la part belle à l'approche naturaliste du jardinage développée par des paysagistes comme Piet Oudolf, le plus connu, qui nous ouvre les portes de son jardin privé.
Tous ces jardins recherchent une nature perdue qu'ils recréent avec rêverie et poésie.

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