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Les Jardins de Maizicourt, A beautiful french garden.

Updated on April 8, 2016

Hidden in the ivy

Hidden in the ivy
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No bricks or mortar

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Keeping the children Confined | Source

French garden Jardins de Maizicourt

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Catherine and the free range chickens
Catherine and the free range chickens | Source

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Please stop the car!

On a recent trip to France and being driven along the D 933 towards Auxi-le-Chateau, I saw something behind some large gates which made me call out to my partner. Please stop the car, I said, I would like to go back and take a look at something.

With a resigned sigh, he turned the car around and drove into a side street where we found ourselves parked beside a war memorial. It stood proudly next to the beautiful little church. The doors of the church we found to our disappointment were shut tight.

Wandering into the church garden it was immediately apparent that this was no ordinary church garden. It had been tended with such loving care that it made it stand apart from any others we had previously seen.

It simply beckoned us in and it was then I saw a little walled path, lined on each side with herbaceous borders so we followed it, for I could see that it was going in the direction of the large gates which I had seen earlier.

At the end of the path, we found ourselves standing on thick green grass beside the main road which rums through the village of Mazicourt.

Planted along the street were wide herbaceous borders, seemingly planted by the same person who had tended the church garden and the little walled walkway.

Then we find ourselves standing before the large gates which had earlier so attracted my attention. Stood behind the gates and set back stood the Chateau. It was so understated and so very beautiful, though it was not this which had first attracted my attention, for behind the gates, there was an extraordinary garden, a Potager or kitchen garden so lovingly laid out and filled with an array of plants.

We could see borders of flowers sheltering beside red brick walls, presumably to be used as cut flowers for the chateau, perhaps even for the church in days gone by. There were large flowering dahlias, lavender, herbs, fruit trees, berries and vegetables.

Butterflies and bees flitted from flower to flower. The pears trees were planted as low growing espalier hedges, all stood at about waist height. A child could easily have plucked a pear without even raising their arms! It was simply stupendous.

We stood and admiring the scene for a while and then I began walking alongside the huge wall which featured masses of ivy growing on it. I looked up and saw a small framed blue leaflet pressed up against the wall. It was slowly being covered by the ivy growing there.

My curiosity turned into delight as I read it, for it appeared that the garden was open to the public but not on this day! We learned from speaking to a neighbor that it would be open the following afternoon, if we would like to come back again she said we could then view the garden! Was she kidding! Nothing would have prevented us from coming back.

And so, we returned to the village of Mazicourt and once again and we parked our car alongside the War Memorial next to the little church and followed the path through the churchyard, the garden so lovingly tended - but the building no longer open to the public! I would have loved to venture inside.

A local had mentioned the previous day that it was ‘fini’- but clearly this Church has not been forgotten and never will be, for just so long as those loving hands are still here to tend the garden.

At the entrance we walk tentatively down the pebbled path. We see a slim blonde lady with a fork in her hand tending the garden. She is wearing a green apron and is so completely wrapped up in what she is doing, that she is so totally unaware of our presence.

Then she walks away around the corner. We follow her and this is where we discover the reception area and this is where we are met by Catherine Guévenoux, the lady in the green apron. This lovely bubbly blonde lady is the creator and owner of this spectacular garden. She tells us that we have 10 hectares to explore and that we should just take our time and enjoy looking around her garden. Ten Hectares! We are surprised.

We pay our admittance fee and she hands us a map of the garden. There are no signs or labels anywhere to be seen in the garden. We feel instantly at home. We have the garden to ourselves for most of the afternoon, we only saw two other people in the time we were there.

It seems that Catherine Guévenoux and her husband, purchased the then neglected 18th Century brick and stone chateau at a public auction in 1989. With the house came 10 hectares of uncultivated land, so whilst the house was being renovated she began landscaping the garden. In a relatively short time period of time she has lovingly created an award winning garden which became the treasure of the Tourist Board and Catherine was persuaded to open the garden up to the public in 1997.

It is made up of a succession of themed gardens. Each one reflects the personality of its creator. It is sophisticated and also incredibly relaxed with some features which can’t help making you smile at their ingenuity. It features ideas which have been so clearly inserted to amuse and give pleasure to children and adults alike. It is both French and English at the same time.

There are abundant places to just sit and relax. You will meet farmyard animals, birds and free range chickens. These roam roam the tapestry of green lawn, alongside Catherine as she tends her garden.

There are orchards filled with abundant pears and apples - the fruit so large and tempting that it is hard to resist the urge to pick up a wind fall. In my mind I could almost taste the pear juice dribbling down my chin. I could imagine little children climbing the trees and eating the fruit as I once did as a child, right up there in the safety net of the bows of the fruit trees.

We discover meadows and are met by sheep, cows, chickens, geese, turkeys and even bantams. We discover arbors which represent the traditional style of building in Picardie and within these buildings we see grass mats which line the ceilings. High up in the rafters are small stuffed birds and tiny carefully placed nests to amuse children. In each arbor we find seats on which to sit and even a rustic hand crafted chair. There is so much more for you to discover at Les Jardins de Maizicourt, it deserves to be on your wish list of gardens to visit in France. I hope this will inspire you to visit soon.

The garden can only be described as utterly charming and very beautiful. It is quite the nicest garden I have ever visited. Now I will have to go back and see it in all its seasons! I hope you will too.


The Church

One cannot separate the church from the garden. It is an integral part of the property as It can be seen from many angles of the garden. It appears to watch over the garden.

The Church

The Churchyard
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The Mazicourt Church
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For those who served their Country
For those who served their Country | Source

The Entrance

(green)

The entrance is in the style of a Japanese garden. It is planted with wild cherry trees, bamboo and conifers, The little curved invites you in and begs you to walk down the little curved path and around the corner but before you can get there you will see a doorway where a terracotta man guards the entrance to the toilets. There are several interesting artifacts placed around the room.

The Entrance

The entrance to the garden
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The Reception Area

(Yellow and blue)

Plants include:-

Mount Fuji cherry Shirotae, Annabelle hydrangeas, precioza, sergentiana, English roses, botanical geraniums

Wrought iron table and chairs.

The reception area

The reception area
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The Courtyard

(The Pastel Garden) (Partly Private)

Roses and perennials

In the entrance you will find:-

Lacebark ( Sedum), hydrangeas, spirea and polygonium

The Chateau

The chateau was built of brick and stone for Louis-Francois de La Houssoye-in the first half of XV111e century. The arms of the pediment were added in X1Xe

The Chateau

The Chateau
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A Tapestry of Green

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The Potager Garden

The Potager or Kitchen Garden.

Arbor and arches. Vegetables, cut flowers, roses, brambles phoenicolasius

The Potager garden

The Potager garden
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Butterflies visiting the Lavender
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The Lodge

(Former stables and laundry)

A X1Xe bread oven


Garden fountain:
Roses Palisses
billowing Lonicera
nitida, Annabelle hydrangeas,
roses, perennials.


Garden walls

(gray-white-blue)
perennials, roses, lavender,
boxwood of varying shapes and sizes.

The lodge

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The Lawn - a Tapestry of Green

Here you find:-

Roses swany, arums
Mixed borders:

Rhododendrons

magnolias, hydrangeas,
perennial

A Tapestry of Green

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Hydrangeas

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The Cloister Garden

Mother earth pebbles

Tones of pearly white with long grasses, lilles and white peonies.

Peonies, hydrangeas, hostas.
bamboos. roses, grasses

The FootBath.

(Yellow and Red)

Aquatic plants and wetland

gunneras, ligulaires,willows,

grasses, cottoneasters,

roses and perennials

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The Driveway

Champetre hedge (A country hedge)

charms, loniceras holly, cherry, apple,

hydrangeas, hawthorn.

Alongside the driveway

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The Pigeon House

(red and orange)


Roses, peonies, fuchsia,
Monarda, and heleniums
grasses, daylilies,
crocosmias, vines, holly,
poppies, cinquefoil and iris

The Pigeon House

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The orchard Lucia

Apples and pears

Perennials,
roses, bulbs and seringats

The Eugenie corner
Arbor, Japanese cherry
bulbs, peonies, yews of different sizes.

The Orchard

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The Meadow

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The Meadow Charlotte

Shrubbery & flowers

Ukon cherry flowers
wild tall grasses, bulbs

Boxwood Alley

(Yellow and purple)

Cytises roses, spirea, mahonias, cornouilliers,

buddleaias, lilacs, azaleas, peonies

and rhododendrons

Boxwood Alley

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The Alleyway (Dauphine)

Eglantines, cornouilliers holly

serviceberry, loniceras

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Tour of the Hedges

former village turn removed
by consolidation


Chestnut, Siberian iris,
bulbs, geraniums magnificum
blue

The hedges

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The Terraces

talian Inspired Garden Inspiration Garden
(Mainly green.)
Charms pyramidal plants
ground cover, trees torteux,
peonies

The Terraces

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The Undergrowth

Spring and Autumn

hazel, witch hazel,
Japanese maple, hellebores,
rhododendrons and bulbs

The Undergrowth

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The Tomb of Albert

The tomb of Albert

Plants include Boxwood, holly Ailles cloud
hydrangeas and bulbs

The tomb of Albert

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Confined children

Braided birch willow cabin which even the adults cannot help resist climbing into.

Plants include a variety of bulbs

Willow Cabin

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The Old Pond

Circular Hedge

Rhubarb decorative, ligulaires,
Astilbe, persicaires hydrangeas

The Old Pond

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Alley of the Poplars


Allee poplars

Collection of conifers and ivy

and grasses

The Poplars

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The path of the birds

A walk past the Birdhouses reveals several types of chickens, ducks and geese

Plants include hydrangeas and different species of grasses.

The path of the Birds

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Accolades

Garden of the Year prize in 2006 awarded by the association of gardening and horticultural journalists.

un Jardin en Picardie : Maizicourt

Opening Times

Opening Times
May 1 to October 31 Monday to Friday from 2pm until 6pm
Open every day including weekends from 2pm untll
6pm during June and September

Prices:
Adults: € 11
Children under 12: Free
Groups welcome by appointment

Type of visits:
free visit, Tour, Rdv groups

Visit duration:
1 and a half hours

Park Plan Available

Maizicourt (Get Directions)

A markerLes Jardins de Maizicourt -
Maizicourt, France
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Contact

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Jardins de Maizicourt
80370 Maizicourt
Phone : +33 (0) 3 22 32 69 64 or +33 (0)3 22 89 30 73
Fax : +33 (0)3 22 45 09 41
Website : www.jardinsdemaizicourt.com

© 2013 Sally Gulbrandsen

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 20 months ago from Norfolk

      aesta1

      A visit to this a garden is a must.

      I loved my whole visit, especially loved the homely atmosphere where the owner of the Les Jardins de Maizicourt happily pottered about in the garden whilst the chickens pecked the ground alongside her. It is a truly unique and beautiful garden. I especially loved the espalier pears in the potager garden. It was truly inspiring, fun and beautiful.

      Thank you for the visit.

      Sally.

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      Mary Norton 20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      What can I say? I wish I have a garden like that to while my time away. The architectural accents are so well planned and some of them are quite unique.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      tobusiness - how nice of you to come and take a walk around Les Jardin de Maizicourt -with me a little piece of paradise to be sure. You have a wonderful day Jo. Best wishes to you too.

      Sally

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A wonderful hub. The images are stunningly beautiful and the garden, a little piece of paradise which you were destined to find. Have a wonderful day, my best to you.

      Jo.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Thank you Faith Reaper - delighted that you found time to come and take a walk around Les Jardinsde Mazicourt. with me. Your french must be a huge improvement on mine! I can still live in hope that mine will greatly improve.

      Thank you so much for the up share and more.

      Hope your day is a beautiful one

      Sally

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sally,

      Thank you for taking us along on your fascinating trip to France and discovering such magnificent gardens such as Les Jardins de Maizicourt!

      When I was young, it was my intention to travel to France to be an exchange student, and I had taken four years of French in high school, but alas, the Lord God had other plans for my life. I hope one day to visit France and I will make sure I found Les Jardins de Maizicourt for they are beautiful beyond imagination! Thank you for sharing all of your great photos and the videos. This is a stunningly beautiful hub.

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs and love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      For one moment I thought you were meaning that the hub needed improvement! Strange the only one I found on the board for improvement was my Castor Oil for Dry Eyes one.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      I pinned this hub to Pinterest under For Improvement. Thanks again for sharing.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      I guess I was talking about music which is still under copyright - guess there might be some old stuff which might be out of date and could then be used.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      It's so classically beautiful I'd put something classical to it?

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      FlourishAnyway - you are so right, I could have and I might still do this. I have a channel on YouTube and have posted some of my felting tutorials on there but finding the right music at times can be a problem. Any advice on sources of free music which can be used and can be used if you earn money from it, would be welcomed as I can't always ask my partner to play his original stuff! I really appreciate the comments, vote and more as it took me so long to write it.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Sally, this is SO BEAUTIFUL that if these were my images I'd arrange them in a slideshow, put them to some lovely music, post them to YouTube with an account and make a little money off them. It's not all that! You have amazing photos here! You could upload your own video on your hub. Wonderful images and description! What a find! Voted up and more, plus sharing & pinning.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      I certainly did - I love travel and discovering new places but this is as you say, a little bit of heaven created by a women who definitely understands and knows how to paint a picture with her garden. I very much appreciate your visit, thank you Audrey. Blessings to you too.

      Sally

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      You found a little bit of Heaven by accident. The cultured greenery and buildings sound like a great discovery. The pics are so vivid and sharp and taken by you. Thanks for sharing. Blessings. Audrey

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      It surely is MsDora and how nice of you to grace my pages, I wish I could make it possible for you to smell the scent of flowers and see all the insects flying from plant to plant as the birds call to one another. Perhaps if you listen carefully, you will hear the children giggling in the pear trees as they munch of the fruit. You have a really beautiful day.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      What a beautiful piece of earth! Thank you for sharing these views. I can admire them all day.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      I appreciate your comments and also your vote and share. It is truly the most stunning garden I have ever seen. I also visited another in the vicinity. It was featured when Monty Don visited France.

      I so hope that you will one day get an opportunity to visit Jardin de Maizicourt. I feel truly privileged. Have a lovely day.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      So beautiful and so beautifully presented...

      So jealous - Would love to see Jardin de Maizicourt!

      V++/Share

      Kim

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Delighted to have you visit my pages Billy - so glad you enjoyed reading about Jardin de Maizicourt - it really is quite something special. So much to explore and so little time! Here's hoping you get to see parts of Europe one day. Have a lovely day

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Loved the introduction, Sally, and then the pictures and history were spectacular. For those of us who have never been to Europe, these articles are so helpful and appreciated. Thank you for a wonderful tour.

      bill

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Thank you DDE - Your visit, comments and vote up are always gratefully received - hope you have a wonderful day.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Les Jardins de Maizicourt - A Secret Garden set right in the heart of the Picardie the photos and the incredible gardens are just so breathtaking voted up and useful

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Thank you purl3agony - sometimes you just get lucky and I do believe I have that garden imprinted on my memory. It was sublime. Thank you for your visit, appreciated as always.

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Just beautiful! And how lucky for you to found it. Sounds like a perfect trip to France - just wandering around and finding magical places. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!