Visit Latour Marliac Le Jardin des Nenuphars
The Latour Marliac Jardin des Nenuphars is at Temple sur Lot in the Lot et Garonne department of south west France.
This is really a nursery selling water lillies but the collection is well worth a visit, indeed Latour Marliac have the national collection of water lilies including 200 hardy and tropical water lily varieties. There is also an attractive garden around a small lake.
Visit the Latour Marliac water lily garden
Mr Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac was the first to hybridize hardy water lilies, he carried out this work at the nursery which first opened in 1875. His work was admired by many famous people of the time, including Claude Monet who immortalised these water lily hybrids in his famous paintings "Les Nymphens".
The Latour Marliac Jardin des Nenuphars holds the National Collection of water lilies
There is also a garden planted around a small lake where you can enjoy the beauty of the water lilies in a garden setting and sit and relax and soak up the sun.
There is a green house which is home to exotic water-lilies including the giant water lily whose leaves reach a whopping 1.5m diameter.
Outside the water lily collections are beautifully laid out and there is the collection of hardy water lilies, a collection of tropical water lilies and a collection of lotus flowers.
The small lake has a small japanese style bridge across it - a nod to Monet and the garden he created at Giverny using water lilies bought from Latour Marliac.
Latour Marliac garden guide
The nursery and garden is open every day except Mondays from 10.00-17.00 from 15 May to 15 October.
There is also a nice restaurant where you can have lunch. Cafe Marliacea is open from 1 May to 30 September, 11.00 to 17.30.
This garden is near Villeneuve sur Lot in the Lot et Garonne departement.
Address: Latour Marliac S.A, 47110 Le Temple sur Lot
April : water iris, wisteria
May : hardy water lilies bearded iris, roses
June : hardy and tropical water lilies, Japanese iris, roses
July : hardy and tropical water lilies, Victoria giant water lily, lotus, roses
August : hardy and tropical water lilies, Victoria giant water lily, lotus, roses
September : hardy and tropical water lilies, Victoria giant water lily, roses
October : hardy and tropical water lilies, Victoria giant water lily.
Gardens to visit nearby
There is a lovely garden in Marmande - the Jardins de Beauchamp which is attached to an excellent garden centre.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.