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Jardins de Chaligny St.Pexine
One of only a few gardens in the Vendee to be awarded the prestigious "jardines Remarquable" status.
The gardens, which are private, surrounds a genuine Vendeen loges built
in 1639 and is part of a preserved landscape. Restoration work and
continuous development since 1992 was based on the Napoleonic plans of
1820 showing a geometric design.
The concept of the design is one of rectangular blocks, the first being
the loges themself, two of the face of the loges with wide gravel paths
which continue out into the park forms the dimension for the main garden
blocks which are further divided into blocks using wide grass paths. As
the main blocks lead out into the park they are bordered by twin
avenues of horse chestnut trees or lime trees. A castellated hornbeam
hedge encloses the garden from the fields beyond.
The garden goes down to the banks of the river Smagne, here you will
find a greenhouse and kitchen garden which again is divided into eight
beds with wide grass paths.
An orangery adorned with a fountain composed of fossils, houses winter lemons, sour oranges and tender plants.
The orchard is framed by beds of roses and surrounding a large square of lavender.
Near to the house are square beds of aromatic and medicinal plants, a
long pergola covered with vines, roses and clematis leads towards the
Though the main feature of this garden is its design there are many
interesting collections of plants including species of hydrangeas and
Leading off the inner court yard you have a chance to look inside some
of the rooms of the Loges including; the medieval banquet hall with its
collection of old gardening tool and a room containing both a large
bread oven and two stone wash tubs.
Photos of the Jardins de Chaligny
From April 30th and 1st May
1st - 10th July, and 1st to 30th September 14h to 20h
All year by appointment
Tarifs: Adults: 4 € free under 18s
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