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Visit Parc du Sarrat
The Parc du Sarrat is situated in Dax in the Landes department of south west of France. The garden is a classified 'jardin remarquable'.
Explore the Parc du Sarrat
After studying architecture René Guichemerre came to Sarrat and designed a contemporary garden around his house. Upon his death he left the garden to the town of Dax and it is now open for visits.
The garden consists of various different elements including terraces leading to a large water feature.
There is a formal French-style garden with a long central pathway leading to the main water feature. There are also landscaped gardens, a bamboo garden, an orchard and a large vegetable garden which includes a lot of unusual varieties of vegetables.
The park contains more than 800 trees and 1500 shrubs and lots of rare and protected species can be seen in this garden. In all the garden covers 3 hectares.
René Guichemerre's house is also noteworthy - it is inspired by the buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and uses lots of glass.
Fairly new to the garden is a 'garden of the 5 senses' where you can wear a blindfold and discover sections of the garden dedicated to each of the 5 senses including identifying scents and tastes. At the end of this section take off the blindfold to discover a colour wheel of flowers which could be useful in helping you to identify flowers for your own colour schemes back home.
Parc du Sarrat garden guide
The Parc du Sarrat is open from March to the end of November; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 15h30. All visits are with a guide. The price of a visit is 4.20 euros for adults, children and students are free.
The garden is situated in the Landes department at Dax.
Address: Parc du Sarrat, 40000 Dax
Gardens to visit nearby
The gardens of the Chateau de Momas near to Pau is a pretty garden surrounding a small chateau. The Roserai de Saint Vincent is one of the most popular gardens in this area and contains hundreds of roses.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.