Gardens to visit in south Dordogne and north Lot et Garonne

The enthusiasm that the British have had for gardening for the last 40 years is only recently coming to be shared by the French. In the area south of the dordogne there are not many gardens to visit (though the gardens north of the dordogne are not far to travel. Here are a few in our area:

Les Jardins de l'Albarède

Though the area gardened is not huge the garden is delightful and the potagèr made me dash home with new inspiration to get ours started properly. There are quite a lot of unusual plants in both the garden and the potager. There is also a woodland walk and a pretty garden. I only found this garden recently but look forward to visiting it each season.

Situated close to Domme at St Cybranet

Les jardins du claou

This garden offers a wide range of plants and trees and has a nice nursery attached for those who want to take a few plants home.

Situated at Saint Marcel near St Sylvestre sur lot between Villeneuve sur Lot and Fumel.

Jardinerie Jay

This is a very good garden centre attached to which is a recently constructed garden. Despite being new the garden is already well established with lots of large specimens. A walk weaves around various "garden rooms", each one fabulously planted. I was very impressed.

Situated in Marmande, Route de Sigalas

Le jardin des nénuphars

The oldest water-lily nursery in the world apparently! Between May and September the display of waterlillies is lovely. Housing the national collection of waterlillies this nursery also has a lake (well stocked with waterlillies) and garden to wander around.

Situated : Latour Marliac, Le Temple sur Lot

Parc et Jardin du Chateau de la Bourlie

There are five gardens to visit in the grounds of the chateau. With an old garden; a rose garden and lots of magnificent trees and shrubs to see.