Visit La Petite Rochelle
Visit the Jardins de la Petite Rochelle
Winner of the "Best Park in France 2006 prize" and with good reason. This garden which contains more than 200 rhodedendrons and hydrangeas and over 150 clematis is a real treat. The garden is one of France's listed "Remakable gardens".
With the aid of her cousin Peter Wolkonsky, creator of the famous Jardin de Kerdalo, Hélène d'Andlau has created a fabulous garden about 1 hectare in size. As well as being very knowledgeable about plants Hélène d'Andlau is an accomplished sculpteur and engraver and her artistic side is apparent in the beautiful vistas she creates in her garden.
With a series of garden rooms each with a different colour theme there is lots to see throughout the year.
If you visit in the spring don't miss the fabulous Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief' with its lovely dark pink flowers. Also to see in the spring are around 30 magnolias and the young leaves of a number of attractive acers.
As summer arrives roses, lilies and hydrangeas take centre stage with many more varieties of plants to see as well. In autumn there is a wonderful spectrum of colours to see in the leaves of the shrubs and trees and the acers froth with colour all over the garden. The Italian garden is a particular treat. Even in winter the garden is beautiful. Clipped hedges, Italian conifers and some lovely hellebores all provide winter interest.
Featured plants include a collection of Cornus, Daphne, Hydrangeas, Rhododendrons, Acers and Pieris.
Jardin de la Petite Rochelle Garden Guide:
The garden is open the last week of July and most of August from 14.00-19.00. It is also open a lot of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April, May and June but best to ring them to check specific days. Admission is 5 euros for over 12s.
The garden is situated to the west of Chartres.
22 rue du Prieuré,
Tel: 02 33 73 85 38 (1-2pm and 7-8pm)
Gardens to Visit Nearby
The Jardins du Manoir de la Bonnerie is a lovely garden that has been developed around a 15th century manor house. It is close to the village of Essay.