Visit Potager Arc en Ciel de Bosmelet
This wonderfully colorful vegetable garden is in Normandy between Dieppe and Rouen. The garden has been classified as one of the "Remakable Gardens" of France.
Explore the Potager Arc en Ciel de Bosmelet
If you want to see a French-style potager updated to make a very modern garden then this is the garden to visit. (Potager is the French word for vegetable garden).
The kitchen garden covers two acres and a part of this is given over to Baroness Laurence de Bosmelet's rainbow (arc en ciel) kitchen garden which won a gold medal in the 2007 Chelsea Flower Show. The vegetables along with fruit and flowers are laid out in a rainbow colour scheme and rarely have vegetables looked so beautiful.
More than 900 varieties of vegetables, fruit and flowers are laid out in the design. The colours are split into 4 main groups: amber, saphire, ivory and garnet. These blocks of colour are then repeated in a formal pattern and the overall effect is stunning.
The ideas from this garden were used in the Chelsea Flower Show. This is the first French garden to have competed at Chelsea but perhaps others will now be inspired by their success.
Elsewhere in the potager is a pond, a cut-flower area and an asiatic potager.
The potager has a huge and superbly colourful cut flower area. There are also more traditional gardens to admire with colour-themed borders, a rose pergola, a large pond and a lovley long border along the length of a walled part of the garden.
There is also another enclosed garden known as the Barnyard garden and a large park. The remains of a WW2 missile launch ramp used by the Wehrmacht can also be discovered in the grounds.
The Chateau de Bosmelet garden guide
The Potager Arc en Ciel de Bosmelet is open every day in July and August and Friday to Sunday in June and Septemeber. 13h00 to 19h00.
This garden is situated in Normandy in NW France between Dieppe and Rouen.
Address: Chateau de Bosmelet, Le Bosmelet, 76720 Auffay
Prices are 7 euros for adults with under 12s visiting for free.
Gardens to visit nearby
Another excellent reason to visit the rainbow potager of Bosmelet is that there are a number of other great gardens just kilometers away in this garden-rich corner of France. The Jardins d'Agapanthe and Jardin Plume to name just a couple of them. If you are visiting in late winter then the Jardins de Bellevue has the national collection of hellebores to admire.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.