Visit Le Parc du Bois des Moutiers
Visit le Parc du Bois des Moutiers
The house of the Parc du Bois des Moutiers was created for Guillaume Mallet by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is built in the Arts and Crafts style for which Lutyens is reknowned. To help him with the garden he collaborated with Gertrude Jekyll as he did quite often.
The result is a wonderful garden and park with the added benefit that the 12 hectares are in a peaceful valley running down to the sea. Another benefit is the acid soil which allowed the planting of numerous rare species including Himalayan rhododendrons, Chinese Azaleas and more. The Normandy climate means that these have grown magnificently too and there are rhododendrons which are 10 meters high.
I visited the Bois des Moutiers at the end of September and they were beautiful; the trees (including a lot of Japanese maples) were just begining to colour for autumn. In spring though the garden must be incredible with the numbers of magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons to see.
The park also has a lot of roses and hydrangeas and so summer too offers a lot to see.
Near to the house are beautifully planted flower borders full of perennials, roses and small shrubs. The colour scheme is predominantly blue and white with accents of pink.
For me this magnificent pergola planted with roses and many other climbing plants was one of the highlights.
Parts of the garden have a very English 'country garden' feel.
Much of the garden is given over to a beautiful park and this is filled with rhododendrons, azaleas, camilleas, hydrangeas and Acers.
Le Parc du Bois des Moutiers Garden Guide:
The Bois des Moutiers is open from the 15 March to the 15 November. The ticket office is open from 10h00 to 12h00 and 14h00 to 18h00 but if you have your tickets you can stay in the park from 10am until 8pm.
Tickets cost 11 euros for adults in May to September and 10 euros the rest of the year. Under 7s are free and 7 to 17 year olds 5 euros.
This garden is situated at Varengeville near Dieppe on the Normandy coast.
Address: Le Parc des Moutiers, 976119 Varengeville sur Mer
Tél : 02 35 85 10 10
Gardens to Visit Nearby
South of the Parc du Bois des Moutiers gardens is the lovely rainbow garden of the Chateau de Bosmelet. Here vegetables, fruit and flowers have been organised into a rainbow colour scheme. The garden is the inspiration for a gold-medal winning Chelsea flower show garden they created.