Parc Floral de la Source; a garden in north west France

Photo of Parc Floral de la Source in Central

Visit Parc Floral de la Source

The Parc Floral de la Source is a garden close to Orleans in Northern France.

Explore the Parc Floral de la Source

This garden, which won the best park in France competition in 2003, is a joy. I went to this garden in the spring when there was a fabulous display of Iris both in the garden and in a very imaginative structure where they were displayed nearer head height so that you could get a closer view at the fantastic colours and markings of the iris' on display.

Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans

The park is very large with lots of imaginatively laid out beds, a rose garden (below) which wasn't in flower when we went but was underplanted with lots of clumps of chives giving the whole bed spring interest and making me determined to use chives much more in my own garden as they really did look very effective.

Some very large borders at the Parc Floral de la Source were packed with plants waiting to burst into colour in summer and I hope to return to see this in the near future. The potager was fabulous and staffed with gardeners keen to pass on knowledge and advice, for example chop up leaves of some of your aromatic herbs and scatter around the base of plants susceptible to slugs and snails as they don't like the herbs strong scent.

The garden contains a natural collection of Clematis d'Arnaud Travers, a fern garden, collection of dahlias, iris garden, large 'English style' herbacious borders, tree ferns, imaginative potager, butterfly house and for children a small animal and bird centre, climbing frames and a tourist train.

There is also a restautant, a snack bar and a picnic area and there are two Wifi zones in the park.

This is one of the best gardens I have visited in France and highly recommended.

Parc Floral de la Source Garden Guide

The garden is open:

From mid March to the end of September: every day from 10h to 19h

From the end of September to the 1st of November: every day from  10h to 18h.

Out of season the park is open for free from 14h to 16h.

The price for adults is 6 euros and 4-16 year olds 4 euros.

The garden is situated close to Orleans

Address: Parc Floral de la Source

45072 Orléans Cedex 02

Tel: 02 38 49 30 00

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

See also:

Map of Parc Floral de la Source and places to visit

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