The Jardin Botanique de la Presle is near to Nanteuil-la-Foret in the Marne department of northern France.
The botanic garden of la Presle, le Jardin Botanique de la Presle, took fifth prize for the "Best Park in France 2006 prize" .
The garden has a superb collection of ancient roses, a wide variety of shrubs and a collection of alpines, notably from the Central Asian region. Indeed four of the collections of plants at la Presle have national significance. These are the collections of Salix (willows), Spirea, Saxifrages and Caragana.
For children there is a topiary collection cut into monster shapes and a labyrinth.
There is also an excellent garden centre selling many of the plants seen in the garden. Indeed the garden centre was here first and specialised originally in Alpines and ancient roses. They then added to this with their collections of salix, spirea, saxifrages and caragana and then in 2001 following a visit to central Asia they opened their botanic garden.
Don't be put off by its label as a botanic garden and think it is just rows of labelled plants. They have excellent large herbaceous borders providing plenty of inspiration for all of us.
The garden is listed as a 'Jardin Remarquable' (remarkable garden) by the French ministry of Culture.
The garden is open from Monday to Friday 14h00 - 18h00 and Saturday 9h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00. The entry cost is 4 euros, or if you are in the area often you can get an annual pass for 10 euros.
This garden is situated to the east of Paris in la Marne.
Centre botanique de la Presle,
51480 Nanteuil la Forêt,
tel: 03 26 59 43 39