Visit Les Jardins de la Mansoniere
The Jardins de la Masoniere are in Saint Ceneri le Gerei in the Basse-Normandie department of northern France.
Les Jardins de la Mansoniere, won fifth prize for the "Best Park in France competition, Le Top des Parcs, 2007". It was voted one of the favourite French gardens of 2013, 'Le Jardin Préféré des Français', by the French television programme France 2.
Explore the Jardins de la Masoniere
There are nine differently themed areas in the garden including 'the rose garden, the garden of perfume, the garden of the moon and the patio garden. The 'Jardin Calme' with its lovely camileas is the favourite of the owners. Our favourite was probably the patio garden featured below with its emphasis on plants with golden leaves.
Everything in the garden is beautifully thought out and invites you to take time to soak in the atmosphere. When you have had a good wander around you can have a cup of tea in the Salon de Thé.
This garden is located in Saint Ceneri le Gerei which is one of "the most beautiful villages" in France, making the trip especially worthwhile.
Les Jardins de la Mansoniere garden guide:
The garden is open the first of April to the 31 May, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 14h30 - 18h30. And from June 1st to 16 September every day except Tuesday 14h30 to 18h30.
This garden is situated to the West of Alencon in Lower Normandy.
Address: M et Mme Manson, Les Jardins de la Masonerie, 61250 Saint Ceneri le Gerei, Orne
The gardens are open to visit from mid April 20 to the end of May Friday, Saturday and Sunday 14.30-18.30; June, July and August every day except Mondays and Tuesdays 14.30-18.30; Sept 1-21, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 14.30-18.30.
Visits cost 6 euros for adults and 3 euros for under 12s. As well as the gardens there is a shop and tea rooms.
During the summer the gardens often host candlelit concerts allowing you to savour the gardens throughout the evening and listen to some lovely classical music concerts at the same time.
Gardens to Visit Nearby
Not too far away are the lovely Jardins of the Manoir de la Bonnerie which include a good collection of day lilies - one of my favourite plants. The Jardin de la Petite Rochelle is another prize winning garden in the area and contains more than 200 hydrangeas and rhodedendrons.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.