Visit Le Jardin de la Pellerine
Covering five acres Le Jardin de la Pellerine, which was designated a Jardin Remarquable by the French Ministry of Culture in 2004, is a treat.
Explore the Jardin de la Pellerine
One of the best parts of the garden, the 'Allee des Quatre Saisons', has a series of small gardens separated by half height hedges allowing a view of the whole but giving structure and separation to each part. Planted with lots of blue flowering plants the end result is beautiful.
The garden is built around the lovely French farmhouse of the owners, Sylvie and Alain Douinot and includes a yellow garden, an English garden, a blue garden; lilly pond, the four season garden mentioned above and much more.
Key plants used in the garden include Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' , Monarda 'Scorpion', Veronica longifolia, Hosta 'Sun and Substance' and Stipa gigantea.
Jardin de la Pellerine Garden Guide:
The garden is open from the 1 May to 30 October, Thursdays and Fridays 10h - 18h30, weekends and bank holidays 14h - 18h30. Other times are possible by appointment.
Address: Le Jardin de la Pellerine, La Larderie, 53220 La Pellerine
The garden is situated to the north east of Rennes in the Pays de la Loire.
Garden lovers will love the department of Mayenne. It has one the best departments in bloom with prizes in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 - a prize shared with only about 15 of the 96 mainland French departments.
5 of its communes have been awarded "4 fleurs" (the top grade) for the villages in bloom label. These are Coudray, Saint-Lout-du-Gast, La Cropte, Juvigné and Chateau-Gontier.
As well as the Jardin de la Pellerine there are four other gardens to visit in the Mayenne department: the Jardins des Renaudies; the Jardin secret du Grand Boulay; and the Jardin de l'Ermitage.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.