Visit Les Jardins de Beauchamp
The garden and associated garden centre - the Jardinerie Jay can be found on the outskirts of Marmande.
The Jardins de Garonne were renamed the Jardins de Beauchamp in 2009 when the garden was awarded the 'Jardin Remarquable' classification.
Explore the Jardins de Beauchamp
This garden was newly planted in 2006 but even in its first year it was difficult to believe it was new. The planting is lush and quickly looked well established.
The son of the garden centre owner designed and installed this garden after finishing his horticultural studies. (Helps when dad owns a garden centre!) .
There are various themed gardens including an English Garden, Italian garden, beautiful pond and lots more.
Water plays an important part in the garden. A large pond has a decidedly oriental inspiration and is gorgeous when the water lilies are in full bloom.
The Italian garden has long water rill with clipped box on either side and tall cypruses as well as roman style columns.
You can see and be inspired by pretty much everything for the garden from Japanese style ornaments and beautiful koi carp to topiaries, garden pottery and pergolas.
The garden centre, the Jardinerie Jay, is a good one too and so once you have been inspired you can buy the plants.
The Jardins de Beauchamp garden guide
The garden is open all year round.
Tuesdays to Sundays, 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.30.
In July, August and September it is closed Sundays.
The entrance price is 5.50 euros and free to under 10s.
Address: Jardinerie Jay - Les Jardins de Garonne, Rue des Isserts, 47200 Marmande
Gardens to visit nearby
Whilst in Marmande take a look at the pretty cloister gardens of the Notre Dame cathedral. Not far away in Duras the Jardin de Boissonna is a pretty English-style garden with lots of roses and you can even stop for a cream tea. In the other direction near Villeneuve-sur-Lot is the lovely water-lily garden - Le Jardin des Nenuphars. The national collection of water lilies is held here.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.