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The Gardens of Limousin France

Updated on July 10, 2015
Our gardens at Les Trois Chenes Limousin
Our gardens at Les Trois Chenes Limousin | Source
 Parcs et Jardins Secrets en Limousin
Parcs et Jardins Secrets en Limousin | Source

A Guide to the Gardens of Limousin France

Discover the secret gardens of Limousin and discover this little-known region of France for yourself. Leave behind the noise, the bustle, the grime and pollution and change it for clean air, sparkling water and the lush green of an area redolent of times gone by.

Limousin is called "the hidden heart of rural France" because it's so little known - and this obscurity is so undeserved! This is a land of lakes and forests, gently rolling landscapes, soft wildflower meadows, awesome (in the real sense of the word) ravines and valleys, wild and craggy hills, fabulous rivers, beautiful parks and gardens.

We moved here from England eleven years ago to live the good life and now run a B&B, holiday cottage and painting holidays. What a great place to live and bring up kids! Sparsely populated and under-exploited as a tourist destination, you'll find 'real' France. The people are welcoming, the prices fair and the crime almost non-existent. Why struggle? Come to Limousin visit the gardens and you'll find so much more here.

Much of this information, and most of the inspiration, has come from Parcs et Jardins Secrets en Limousin published by Les Ardents Editeurs

Parcs et Jardin Secrets en Limousin

The Secret Parks and Gardens of Limousin

Discover the hidden heart of France with this beautiful book devoted to the secret gardens of this little known but beautiful region of France.

Although Parcs et Jardin Secrets en Limousin, Published on Dec 17, 2013 is written in French (like so much of the information about Limousin - no wonder it's hidden!) there are 270 with photographs by Amelie Chassary.

The text is by Jean-Marc Ferrer and Marie-Hélène Restoin-Evert and is published by Les Ardents Editeurs, loosely translated by me as The Passionate Editors.

Take a look at the video below for a flavour of what you might find inside.

See the Faces Behind the Book - Parcs et Jardin Secrets en Limousin

Images of the parks and gardens of France set to haunting songs in French and English.

Secret parcs and gardens in Limousin

A Beautiful video showing the beautiful gardens of hidden France

Haute-Vienne

My Ex-Garden at Les Trois Chenes Videix - Small can be beautiful too!

Gardens at Les Trois Chenes Videix, Limousin France
Gardens at Les Trois Chenes Videix, Limousin France | Source

Haute-Vienne

Forgive me for committing the sin of pride and putting my humble little garden in the hamlet of Videix first. Sadly the house is now sold and it is no longer mine!

Medieval Gardens

Aixe-sur-Vienne

Haute-Vienne

On the banks of the River Vienne near the bridge you'll find the municipal medieval gardens.

Source

Jardin Botanique de l'Eveche

Jardin botanique de Limoges or the Botanical Gardens of Limoges

Haute-Vienne

Limoges botanical garden is tucked way behind the cathedral in the old quarter of the city, and it is a site to behold. Walk to the end of the terraced garden and you can overlook the river Vienne and the city beyond.

It was initially established in the eighteenth century but the gardens that you see now were created 1956-1961 and renovated in 1976. The gardens are laid out in strips, or parterres and there are over 1,200 plants grouped together according to use: medicinal plants; industrial plants, plants used for dyes, food, spices, aromatic plants and animal foods.

Details

Rue de la Roseraie

87000 LIMOGES

tel : 05 55 45 62 67

fax : 05 55 45 64 37

Jardin Botanique de l'Eveche

Image: Black tulips in the municipal gardens next to the Jardin Botanique. Source B L Walton

Limoges Botanical Gardens - Behind the cathedral

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Image courtesy of Aratar Wikimedia commons - GNU Free Documentation License | Source

Victor Thuillat Park - Limoges

Haute-Vienne

Imagine a meadow with a river running between amazing and ancient trees such as taxodium, giant sequoia, libocedrus, and an 250-year-old hawthorn. Imagine a collection of perennials and add to that bowling and a play area for children .... worth a visit?

Details

Avenue Emile Labussière

87000 LIMOGES

tel : 05 55 45 62 67

fax : 05 55 45 64 37

Parc Victor Thuillat Limoges

Peaceful images of a park made for the public.

Chateau de Sannat

Haute-Vienne

Comte et Comtesse de Sainte-Croix

Details

Chateau de Sannat

87300 Saint-Junien-les-Combes

Haute Vienne

Entry Charge

05 55 68 13 52

Chateau de Sannat

Jardin de Liliane - SAINT LAURENT SUR GORRE

Haute-Vienne

Only about half an hour away from Les Trois Chenes, this is a garden I know quite well. I was delighted to be given a guided tour by Liliane herself when I first arrived in Limousin and I urge you, should you visit Liliane's garden, to take the tour with the creator of this natural haven.

Details

87310 SAINT LAURENT SUR GORRE

Haute-Vienne

Open July, August, September 4.30pm - 5pm

Entry charge 5 euros, guided visits 7.50 euros, under 16's free

05.55.48.14.29

jardindeliliane@wanadoo.fr

More information: Jardin de Liliane

Parc de la Chapelle Saint-Martin

A hotel and restaurant

Haute-Vienne

33 Saint-Martin-du-Fault

87510 Nieul

Gardens open to clients

05 55 75 80 17

Parc de la Chapelle Saint-Martin

Jardin de Marzac

Saint Paul

Haute-Vienne

The gardens of Marzac which are attached to a country house (1860) have an avenue of Yew trees leading to a Louis XV gate, which leads onto an interior courtyard, topiary hedges and shrubs, an ancient fountain, rose walk and wild flower meadow. The park was revnovated in 2000.

Details

Free - Visits by appointment

87260 Saint-Paul

87260 SAINT PAUL

33 (0)5 55 09 71 12

GPS lat. 45° 45' 53" - long. 1° 26' 0"

Jardin du Puy Faucon

Puy Faucon

Haute-Vienne

Details

Free - Visits by appointment

Puy Faucon

87800 Rilhac-Lastours

05 55 58 10 39

Les Jardins Sonores de la Borie - Solignac

Haute-Vienne

The gardens where landscape meets art and music. These gardens were created by landscape designers, gardeners, engineers, musicians, and sculptors.

Details

87110 Solignac

Visits by appointment

05 55 31 84 84

Les Jardins Sonores de la Borie

Jardins Sonores de La Borie - The gardens that sing

Parc de Sculptures du Centre international d'art et du paysage

Ile de Vassivière

Haute-Vienne

Parks and gardens

Ile de Vassivière

87120 BEAUMONT DU LAC

Tél : 05 55 69 27 27

Fax : 05 55 69 29 31

info@ciapiledevassiviere.fr

http://www.ciapiledevassiviere.com

Parc du Chateau de la Cosse

Veyrac

Haute-Vienne

Details

87520 Veyrac

Free - open by appointment and 'Journees du patrimoin'

05 55 00 14 06

Musee et Jardins Cecile Sabourdy

Vicq-sur-Breuilh

Haute-Vienne

87260 Vicq-sur-Breuilh

Details

Entry fee

06 80 70 86 58

06 18 12 40 66

Musee et jardins Cecile Sabourdy

Parc du Chateau de Traslage

Vic-sur-Breuihl

Haute-Vienne

87260 Vic-sur-Breuihl

Details

Entry Fee

05 55 00 60 64

Parc Zoologique et Paysager du Reynou - Le Vigen

Haute-Vienne

There are about 600 animals in the zoo, 130 species, kept in open spaces.

The landscaped park surrounds a 19th century castle and is a great way to entertain the kids.

Details

Domaine du Teynou

87110 Le Vigen

Entry fee:

13,50 Euros for adults, 9,50 Euros for children 3 - 12 years old Free for children under 3

05 55 00 40 00

Parc du Reynou

Parc Zoologique et Paysager du Reynou, Limousin

Jardin de Villechenine

Villechenine

Haute-Vienne

Details

Villechenine

87470 Peyrat-le-chateau

Free - visit by appointment

05 55 69 40 42

A Guide Book to Limousin - Discover the 'Lake District of France'

Limousin
Limousin

Take a look at the beautiful countryside, the wildlife, the natural landscape and the pure bliss of Limousin - I promise that you'll fall in love with Limousin just as I did.

 

Correze

Jardin Du Chateau d Astaillac

Astaillac, Correze

Correze

Terraced flower gardens enclosed by a medieval wall. or by appointment outside these dates. . Entry fee to chateau includes gardens.

Details

Open times: 1st July to 31st August or by rendez-vous

Entry fee (includes castle)

Disabled Access

05 55 91 10 28

Les Jardins Sothys, des Jardins Sensoriels et Thematiques - Auriac

Correze

Le Bourg

19220 Auriac

Details

Open seasonally

Entry Fee

05 55 91 96 89

Les Jardins Sothys, des Jardins Sensoriels et Thematiques

Les Jardins de Sothys

Jardin de Lostanges - Lostange

Correze

Le SAUMONT

19500 LOSTANGES

CORREZE

FRANCE

TELEPHONE : 05 55 25 47 78

E-MAIL : labarde.philippe@neuf.fr

Jardin de Lostanges

Parc Agricole et Paysager du Chedal

Segur-le-Chateau

Correze

'Parc Agricole et Paysager' (agricultural and landscape) and has been awarded the label of 'Jardin Remarquable'

Details

Le Chedal

19230 Segur-le-Chateau

Open for 40 days during the summer

Entry Fee

06 72 51 62 79

Arboretum du Chateau de Neuvic d'Ussel

Neuvic d'Ussel

Correze

The arboretum is a 'Parc Agricole et Paysager' (agricultural and landscape) and has been awarded the label of 'Jardin Remarquable'

Details

10 place de la Mairie

19160 Neuvic d'Ussel

Open seasonally

Entry fee

05 55 95 81 31

06 73 96 48 45

Arboretum du Chateau de Neuvic d'Ussel

Chateau du Saillant

Voutezac

Correze

Details

2, Le Saillant

19130 Voutezac

Chateau du Saillant

Creuse

Parc du Chateau d'Arfeuille

Felletin

Creuse

Details

La Forge

34, Villejoint

23160 Felletin

Open Seasonally

Entry Fee

Contact Tourist Office 05 55 66 54 60

Parc du Chateau d'Arfeuille

Arboretum de la Sedelle - Crozant

Creuse

Classified as a 'Jardin remarquable'

Details

2, Villejoint

23160 Crozant

Open 1st May to 31st October

Entry Fee

05 55 89 83 16

Arboretum de la Sedelle

Arboretum de la Sedelle

Les Jardins Clos du Prefons

Crozant

Creuse

Details

La Forge

34, Villejoint

23160 Crozant

Open Seasonally

Entry Fee

05 55 89 82 59

Les Jardins Clos du Prefons

Val Maubrune

La Brionne

Creuse

Details

Le Petite Mas

23000 La Brionne

Entry Fee

05 55 52 14 29

Val Maubrune

Jardin Villa Lo Tremoulado

La Pouge

Creuse

Details

23250 La Pouge

Open for special events from June to September

Free Entry

06 14 65 96 02

Arboretum de la Fôt - NOTH

Creuse

Details

Domaine de la Fôt

23300 NOTH

33 (0)5 55 63 10 06

Jardin en Marche

Saint-Dizier-Leyrenne

Creuse

Details

5 le Montabarot

23400 Saint-Dizier-Leyrenne

Gite, garden and nursery

Open by reservation

Entry Fee

05 55 64 43 98

Jardin en Marche

L'Abbey du Palais

Thauron

Creuse

Details

Le Palais

23250 Thauron

B&B and gites

Park open to guests

05 55 64 02 64

L'Abbey du Palais

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Verger conservatoire du Limousin EYJEAUX

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Le chêne des Gâches CHATEAUPONSAC

Parc Floral de Mont-Méry AMBAZAC

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L'If de Mazeirat SAINT AMAND MAGNAZEIX

Le Jardin du Moulin SAINT PARDOUX

Promenade Gilles Clément AIXE SUR VIENNE

Site de Maison Neuve SEREILHAC

Jardin de Ginette BEYNAC

Parc du Château de Bonneval COUSSAC BONNEVAL

Chêne de la liberté BESSINES SUR GARTEMPE

Visite guidée de l'arborétum LA JONCHERE SAINT MAURICE

Jardin d'Anne-Marie Valette SAINT MARTIN LE VIEUX

Ile de Vassivière BEAUMONT DU LAC

Les deux chênes du square de la lanterne à Rancon RANCON

Parc du Château de Nexon NEXON

Jardin de 'la Cité des Insectes' NEDDE

Parc de Sculptures du Centre international d'art et du paysage BEAUMONT DU LAC

"A green thought in a green shade"

© 2013 Barbara Walton

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @favored: I'm so pleased you enjoyed them, but of course, it's nothing like seeing the real thing - especially on a lovely sunny day.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @Charito1962: Hi Charito1962. I do hope you make it and that you drop by to see us. Many thanks for leaving a message.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      So lovely. Thank you for including the videos giving us a mini vacation to a beautiful place.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Such beautiful gardens! I hope to visit Limousin, if I do get the chance to tour Europe someday.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      Thank you so much ismeedee. You're French is tres bien!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Tres jolie!!

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