Our Selection of the Most Beautiful Gardens of Provence

Romantic and wild, exotic or classic, Provence is overflowing with idyllic gardens. So many havens combining poetry and serenity, to discover or rediscover for Mother's Day, during a trip marked by memories and mysteries.
By Mélissa Darré

Formal Garden 

From the crest of Cap Ferrat, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild opens on to a sumptuous themed garden created in 1911 by renowned architects Aaron Messiah, Harold Peto and Achille Duchêne. From the intoxicating rose garden tto the tranquility of the Japanese section, not to mention the beauty of the exotic plantations,  nine different environments emerge throughout a journey with the feel of a voyage to the end of the world. A unique site that will delight you with its stunning views over the bays of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Garden Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat (06)
www.villa-ephrussi.com

Alpine Garden

Nestled in the magnificent mountain range surrounding the summit of La Meije, the Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden charms everyone with its picture postcard alpine landscapes. This sanctuary of greenery perched at 2,100 meters of altitude was created in 1899 by Professor Jean-Paul Lachmann of the Faculty of Sciences of Grenoble. Landscaped in rock gardens surrounding a beautiful natural marsh, its many collections include more than 2,300 species originating from the mountains of the world such as the Pyrenees, Caucasus, or Himalayas. This alpine garden is a paradise for those who dream of reaching higher ground.

Botanical Garden Lautaret, Villar d'Arene (05)
www.jardinalpindulautaret.fr 

Romantic Garden

A favorite with lovers for its idyllic setting, the garden of the Bastide de Romégas presents a sumptuous parterre of clipped hedges, built in the shadow of ancient pine trees. Adjacent to a seventeenth-century building built in the typical architectural style of Aix-en-Provence, with its four-sided roof underscored by Genoise tiling, this oasis offers a breathtaking panorama of Mount Sainte-Victoire. Fountain, chapel, ponds and a labyrinth of laurustinus will convince you to visit this must-see in Aix-en-Provence, for the duration of an enchanting walk.

Garden of the Bastide de Romégas, Aix-en-Provence (13)
www.aixenprovencetourism.com 

Provençal Garden

Overlooking the valley where the Route de Lacoste winds, La Louve Garden is a sweet ode to the vegetation of Provence. Lavender, boxwood, native grasses and scrub make up this Eden established in 1986 by the fashion designer Nicole Vésian. Arranged in terraces, it combines spaces that are both wild and elegant, opening at times on to the beauty of the surrounding landscape or inviting you on a more intimate adventure. Between sculptural topiary and ornate fountains, this boutique garden will seduce lovers of pristine nature.

La Louve Garden, Bonnieux (84)
www.tourisme-en-luberon.com

Formal Garden
Formal Garden
From the crest of Cap Ferrat, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild opens on to a sumptuous themed garden
Photography: José Nicolas
Alpine Garden
Alpine Garden
Nestled in the magnificent mountain range surrounding the summit of La Meije, the Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden charms everyone
Photography: José Nicolas
Romantic Garden
Romantic Garden
A favorite with lovers for its idyllic setting, the garden of the Bastide de Romégas presents a sumptuous parterre of clipped hedges
Photography: José Nicolas
Provençal Garden
Provençal Garden
Overlooking the valley where the Route de Lacoste winds, the Jardin de la Louve is a sweet ode to the vegetation of Provence
Photography: José Nicolas

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