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William Christie's Garden, Thire

Le Jardin du Batiment: Illustrious conductor William Christie opens his French style garden to the public on rare occasions and it is a treat not to be missed.
The gardens have been listed on the "Jardins Remarquable" since 2004 and as a "Monument Historique since 2007.

Situated on a quiet lane just outside Thire, the house and gardens back onto the River Smagne and the course of this small river has been diverted through the garden to form a small lake which is at the end of a vista that cascades down several terraces lined by neatly clip Yew trees.

The garden is a mix of very formal courtyards with topiary box hedges inter-planted with roses, small quiet gravelled corners, avenues of topiary hornbeam, and by the lake, avenues of London Plane trees. There are herb gardens, vegetable gardens and a small herbaceous garden. There are small water features and the sound of gently flowing water just adds to the total tranquillity of this most pleasing garden.
This is one garden in the Vendée not to miss .

Photos of Jardin du Batiment.

Open times 2010:June 5-6th  1400h to 1900h
                          First week July every day 1300 to 1900h
                          All of September 1300 to 1900h

                          Entrance Free

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