Visit Jardin de Sericourt
The Jardin de Sericourt is in Sericourt between Amiens and Bethune in the Pas de Calais department.
Visit the Jardin de Sericourt
Winner of the "Best Park in France 2005 prize". It also won the 2012 'Garden of the Year' prize awarded by garden journalists (AJJH). The Jardin de Sericourt is one of France's listed 'Jardin Remarquable'. If you are in the area be sure not to miss a trip to the garden.
This large garden, which covers 4 hectares, has a series of garden "rooms" and alleys linking different areas. A lot of the structure is given with clipped box and there is one particularly beautiful alley which passes through box clipped into cones and spirals and balls all along the route.
Particularly inspirational is the 'warrior garden' designed to commemorate the nearby WW1 battlefields. Armies of different species of Chamaecyparis face each other and bomb craters are recreated in ivy.
The "rose cathedral", a massive rose tunnel is a highlight but also the use of climbing roses to cover large trees in the garden is a treat .
The geometric garden is a kind of parterre filled with hemerocallus, asters and other perennials and is particularly beautiful in the autumn.
In the canopy of the trees are some incredibly large hostas. One of my favourite plants I must admit and a pleasure to see growing with such abandon.
It always cheers me up to find there is a garden centre attached to a beautiful garden so that I can buy some of the plants that have inspired me and take them back to try and recreate some of the planting combinations or layouts I have seen. Here there is a very good "pepiniere" (garden centre), so good that it and the garden have featured in magazines in the UK, Holland and Italy!
The Jardin de Sericourt Garden Guide
The garden is open the first of May to the 15 October from 9h00 - 18h00 Tuesday to Saturday and 15h00 to 18h00 Monday and Sunday. From the 16 October to the 30 April, Tuesday to Saturday 9h00 - 12.00 and 14.00-17.00.
Garden visits cost 10 euros for adults, 7.50 euros for under 18s and free to under 12s.
This garden is situated to the West of Lille, south of Dunkerque
Address: Le Jardin de Sericourt, 62270 Séricourt
Tél : 03 21 03 64 42
Gardens to Visit Nearby
You are lucky visiting this part of France because there are two more excellent gardens in striking distance. Another large garden with lots to see and admire is the Jardins de Maizicourt to the south and, one of my personal favourites, the Jardin des Lianes to the east.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.