Visit Jardin des Plantes at La Rochelle
Visit the Jardin des Plantes at La Rochelle
Some areas of France do not have many private gardens to visit but many of the larger towns have a 'Jardin des Plantes' and these are often well worth a visit.
The Jardin des Plantes at La Rochelle contains a bit more bedding plants than I normally like but these have been mixed with some beautiful exotic plants, taking advantage of the year round mild climate of La Rochelle, and many perennials and I returned to the garden several times during my stay in the town to enjoy the planting.
The garden sits behind La Rochelle's Natural History Museum which is also well worth a visit containing many 'treasures' brought back by sailors when new parts of the world were just being discovered.
The part of the garden closest to the museum used Pennisetum plants abundantly, mixed with grasses, heucheras and sedums amongst others and the combination worked well. In fact the close planting of heuchera and sedum is one I will try in my garden as the heuchera hides the gaps when the sedum dies back in winter.
Jardin des Plantes, La Rochelle, Garden guide:
The garden is open every day, all day and is free.
The garden is situated in the centre of La Rochelle in the Charente Maritime departement of Poitou-Charentes.
Gardens to Visit Nearby
The town gardens in the nearby village of Marans are worth a look if you are heading out in that direction during your holiday.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.