Jardins de L'Albarede, Dordogne garden

Photo of Jardins de l'Albarede in South West

Visit Jardins de l'Albarede

The Jardins de l'Albarede can be found on the edge of the lovely town of Domme in the Dordogne department of South West France. It is one of France's classified "Remarkable gardens".

Completely surrounded by tree covered hills this secluded garden feels a million miles from the beautiful but extremely busy nearby town of Domme. The garden is small but thoughtfully planted with much to see.

Explore the Jardins de l'Albarede

A visit to the garden starts near to the swimming pool. Often a low point in countryside gardens here the herbacious border near the pool has been filled with flowers each time I have been.

The seasonal planting keeping up interest through spring to the end of summer.

Jardins de l'Albarede

The garden has been built in an area with very poor soil but by careful plant selection and the extensive use of mulching the owners have created a beautiful garden with lots to see and inspire.

They have used their research and experience to write a number of books about gardening and particularly about dealing with poor soil.

Leaving the pool area the garden opens out to a large lawn with a border down one size and a fantastic potager the other.

Jardins de l'Albarede

The potager, or vegetable garden,  mixes flowers and vegetables, including many ancient varieties and, especially in late spring/summer looks as pretty as a flower garden.

The potager includes many varieties of tomatoes and a few varieties of amaranthe including' love lies bleeding' which adds both height and colour.

Again poor soil and dry conditions are combatted in the garden by extinsive use of mulch.

The French love topiaries and this garden is no exception. There is an area going up a hill with a whole selection of imaginative topiaries.

From the top of the hill you have some excellent views of the quiet valley in which the garden is situated.

Jardins de l'Albarede

Les Jardins de l'Albarede garden guide:

The garden is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday mornings  (9-12h30) from June to September. Visits cost 6 euros for adults and are free to under 12s.

The garden is situated in the Dordogne near Domme which is one of France's most beautiful villages.

Address: Les Jardins de l'Albar├Ęde, 24250 St Cybranet

Gardens to visit nearby

The Jardins de Cadiot is a a large and attractive garden near to Vitrac.

Also near here at Carsac-Aillac are the Jardins d'Eau de Carsac which are water gardens with lots of water lilies and lotus flowers.

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

See also:

Map of Jardins de l'Albarede and places to visit

Places to visit near Jardins de l'Albarede

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Les Jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac

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Les Jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac guide

Chateau des Milandes

Chateau des Milandes

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Chateau des Milandes guide

Les Jardins du Chateau du Caudon

Les Jardins du Chateau du Caudon

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Les Jardins du Chateau du Caudon guide

Le Clos des Sources

Le Clos des Sources

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Le Clos des Sources guide

Les Jardins de la Chartreuse de Conty

Les Jardins de la Chartreuse de Conty

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Les Jardins de la Chartreuse de Conty guide

Les Jardins d'eau de Carsac

Les Jardins d'eau de Carsac

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Les Jardins d'eau de Carsac guide

Jardin de La Daille

Jardin de La Daille

Sadly the La Daille garden has now closed to the public.

Jardin de La Daille guide

Les Jardins de la Bourlie

Les Jardins de la Bourlie

Sadly this garden is no longer open for garden visits.

Les Jardins de la Bourlie guide

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