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Visit Les Jardins de Cadiot

The Jardins de Cadiot are situated near to Vitrac in the Dordogne department of South West France. There are a few gardens in this part of France and the Jardins de Cadiot is one of our favourites.

Explore the Jardins de Cadiot

This is a lovely garden made up of about ten individual gardens of different styles and covers ten hectares. The garden was created in the 1980s and so has a pleasant maturity. The ten gardens include a potager and a labyrinth. There are also about 1500 varieties of plants and so there is always something in flower.

Of the ten gardens my favourites are the English garden (le jardin Anglais), the Italian style garden (le jardin toscan) and the patios. The English garden has big wide border and lots of perennials and bulbs and the border has a hot colour scheme with lots of yellows and oranges. It features lots of day lillies and crocosmia and has a French twist with the introfuction of lots of topiaries.

English style border at the Cadiot gardens

In the Italian-style garden are fabulous huge pots of Agapanthus, one of my favourite flowers, as well as lots of box trimmed into cones and providing edges to the garden. There is also a rose garden, peony garden and a woodland area which has some beautiful palms amongst the more typical woodland trees.

The large border of heleniums in a lovely vibrant orange is wonderful and inspired me to go home and plant as many as possible of this lovely plant in my own garden. The Jardins of Cadiot have big collections of ancient roses, peonies, dahlias, grasses, sages, hemerocallis and hydrangeas as well as Japanese acers.

The peony garden has 100 different varieties and is glorious to visit in May.


The owners reflect a strong artistic side both in their planting and in the introduction of sculptures in the garden. In the woodland garden there is a display of contemporary sculptures by artists from Zimbabwe. There is also a labyrinth of clipped hornbeam with a golden Gleditsia at the centre. The labyrinth is a favourite with children.

When you have finished admiring the garden there is a tea shop with home made cakes and drinks made from flowers from the garden. The tea shop is open in the afternoon only. When I visited I tried a home-made ginger cordial and it was absolutely delicious. You can sit in one of the beautiful patio areas to enjoy your drinks and cakes.

The garden is maintained without using chemicals and plants are chosen to attract insects as well as to look attractive.


Les Jardins de Cadiot garden guide

The garden is between Sarlat and Souillac in the Dordogne department.

The garden is open every day from the 1st May to the 30th September from 10.00 to 19.00.

Address: Les jardins de Cadiot, 24370 Carlux, Dordogne

Prices are 7.50 euros for adults and 6 euros for students, under 14s are free.

Gardens to visit nearby

The water gardens at Carsac, les Jardins d'Eau de Carsac, have a wide range of water lilies and a large pond of lotus plants.

The Jardin's de l'Abarede are pretty gardens near to Domme.

You can find more local travel ideas in the South West France guide,

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Map of Les Jardins de Cadiot and places to visit


Les Jardins de Cadiot places to visit

Les Jardins d'eau de Carsac

Les Jardins d'eau de Carsac

The Jardins d'Eau de Carsac is a water garden full of water lilies and lotus flowers.

Les Jardins d'eau de Carsac guide
Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac

Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac

Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac is an incredible garden of topiary shapes and clipped hedges.

Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac guide
Les Jardins du Chateau du Caudon

Les Jardins du Chateau du Caudon

The Jardins du Chateau du Caudon have impressive views over Domme and a labyrinth.

Les Jardins du Chateau du Caudon guide
Le Clos des Sources

Le Clos des Sources

Sadly the Clos des Sources garden has now closed.

Le Clos des Sources guide
The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie

The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie

The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie is a lovely colourful garden in the Dordogne valley.

The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie guide
Les Jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac

Les Jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac

The Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac have the most amazing swirling box hedges and wonderful views over the Dordogne river.

Les Jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac guide