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Visit Les Jardins de la Croze

The Jardins de la Croze are situated at Billom in the Puy de Dome department.

The garden was voted the favourite garden in the Auvergne region by the French tv channel France 2.

Explore the Jardins de la Croze

The gardens surround a beautiful manor house, some parts of which date to the Middle Ages. They are entered through beautiful wrought iron gates dating to the time of Louis XV.

The gardens were begun in the 19th century and then redesigned in 1919. The gardens of today remain true to this design and are a traditional french formal style garden.

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The design of the garden is attributed to the Count of Choulot who was a famous landscape gardener in his time. He also designed the striking gardens of the Chateau de Hautefort in the Dordogne department.

The formal gardens feature a round pond with a fountain surrounded by large box balls and shaped hedging and have recently been restored to be the same as when created in 1919.

Further away from the house is a large English style park with large ancient trees and even a 'folly'. One of the trees is a three-hundred year old oak tree and is a listed 'remarkable tree'.

There is also a large potager organised in six squares and subdivided into Renaissance motifs and looking onto a stone pond with a fountain dating to the Empire period.

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The flower garden has espaliered pear and apple trees and soft-fruit bushes, as well as dahlias, peonies, irises and many other perennials.

Two rose gardens completes the ensemble and contain over a hundred varieties of ancient roses.

One of the highlights of the Jardins de la Croze is the mass of cyclamens that flower in the gardens.

There is a Salon de Thé in the gardens where you can stop for refreshments which include afternoon tea and brunch.

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Les Jardins de la Croze garden guide

The Jardins de la Croze are open from May to October by rendez-vous and from 1 June to 31 August every Monday from 11.00 to 18.00.

Garden visits cost 5 euros.

Address: Les Jardins de la Croze, 4 rue de la Croze, 63160 Billom

The Jardins de la Croze have an annual plant fair (fête des Plantes aux Jardins de la Croze) every September.

Because the gardens have such an extensive range of roses they also hold an annual rose fair called 'les Crozerais'.

Gardens to visit nearby

Also in the Puy de Dome department is the park and garden of the Chateau d'Hauterive in Issoire. This garden is classified as a 'jardin remarquable'.

The gardens of the Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil is another garden for rose lovers. It has a rose garden with more than 180 varieties of rose and shows the progression of rose cultivation that has led to todays modern cultivars. It also has four themed wall-gardens.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Central France guide,

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Le Jardin de la Ganille

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Gardens of the Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil

Gardens of the Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil

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