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Visit Le Jardin des Songes
Le Jardin des Songes is in the village of Strueth in the Alsace region of France.
Visit the Jardin des Songes
This delightful garden is in the picturesque Largue valley in southern Alsace. Set at 375 meters and benefiting from a number of natural ponds the garden has been created and developed over the last 30 years.
The garden, which is about a hectare in total, is made up of a number of different scenes and perspectives and has a strong Italian and mediterranean influence despite its position in the north east of France.
Close to the house the Tuscan influence is particularly strong with clipped box and a beautiful wisteria covered pergola. Further from the house the planting and design become more natural. Borders are filled with roses, clematis, peonies and many bulbs and perennials.
Water features are abundant and linked by streams and waterfalls. The edges are abundantly planted with water loving plants such as hydrangeas, gunneras, rodgersias, hostas, geums, iris and many more.
A medieval-inspired herb garden also serves as the nursery for their young plants and cuttings and a recently bought wood has been underplanted with lots of woodland plants.
Walking through the gardens is an immense pleasure and a gardener's delight. A delight shared by many as evidenced by the garden recently been voted the best garden in the Alsace region - 2013. It also won the 1st prize of the national "Bonpland" competition in 2011 ( a prize organised by the national Horticultural Society of France) and was awarded the coveted "Jardin Remarquable" status in 2012.
Le Jardin des Songes Garden Guide
The Jardin des Songes is in the department of Haut-Rhin in the Alsace region of France. It is about 30km from Mulhouse.
Opening hours: The garden is open from 14.30-17.30 some weekends in May, June, July, September and October.
Garden visits cost 7.50 euros for adults and over 16s and 2 euros for over 10s.
Address: Lily & Pierre MARTIN 4 Rue des Carpières, 68580 STRUETH Tel: 0033(0)389 072469
Gardens to Visit Nearby
A little further north in Alsace is the pretty Jardin de Marguerite with its English-style gardens.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.