Visit The Jardins de Drulon
The Jardins de Drulon are in the Cher department of France in the town of Loye sur Arnon.
Visit the Jardins de Drulon
These gardens are a real treat for flower lovers. The gardens were designed by the landscape designers J Gerard and A. de Saint Venant with the brief of designing something unusual, exuberant and extremely flowery - and they have certainly done that.
The domaine which includes an attractive chateau and 200 hectares of land was bought by Piet and Nanou Hendriks in 1998 and they immediately set to restoring the chateau and clearing and redesigning the land.
In 2000 the gardens were opened to the public and in 2001 the gardens were already recognised as a "Jardin d'exception" and by 2006 they had been expanded and matured and were awarded the "Jardin Remarquable" label.
The garden is entered along an avenue of ancient oaks. A quince orchard and borders filled with irises, day-lilies and roses then gives a taster of the colour-explosion that greets visitors on the other side of the sandstone walls.
The delightful flower garden is designed on the site of an ancient vegetable garden and is surrounded by walls and tall hedges. The gardens are laid out in a formal pattern of 15 large beds set around a small pond. The beds are then filled with an abundance of flowers in colour groupings ranging from cold to pastel to hot.
Leaving the flower garden a gazebo leads you towards the 'chamber garden', the 'wild garden', the 'secret garden', the 'Bacchus garden' and the latest addition is the 'Paean garden' packed full of peonies.
As well as the beautiful planting the gardens (and the chateau and outbuildings) are dotted with a number of contemporary sculptures. The sculpture exhibition every year.
The Jardins de Drulon garden guide
The gardens are open from the 20th April to the 1st October every day from 10.00-19.30.
The gardens are situated between Saint Amand Montrond and Culan.
Address: Les Jardins de Drulon, 18170 Loye sur Arnon.
Visits to the garden cost 9 euros for adults, 6.50 euros for 12-18 year olds and 3 euros for under 12s. Under 4s are free.
tel: +33 (0)2 48 56 65 96
Gardens to Visit Nearby
The gardens of the impressive Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil are also in the Cher department.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.