French gardens and gardening
Discover the best gardens France has to offer. With hundreds of gardens to choose from our guide helps you to choose and locate the best gardens for you to visit.
France has some truly amazing gardens and you should try to incorporate some garden visits to any trip to France. These gardens range from the traditional French style of very formal bedding schemes often seen in the gardens of large chateaux such as Chateau de Versailles and the Chateau de Hautefort, to the smaller more relaxed planting schemes which are becoming increasingly popular.
Because France is such a large country the variety is enormous, from the wetter, cooler north where many gardens use very similar plants to those of the UK, to the dry and hot meditterranean regions of the south-east with a big emphasis on lavender and other aromatic plants adapted to the dry hot conditions. And of course the mountain regions offer the potential to see lots of alpine plants in their natural settings.
This garden guide allows you to discover the gardens you can visit in France with a description of each garden and its location and visiting hours.