Le Jardin de Liliane, Haute-Vienne visitors guide
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Le Jardin de Liliane is a beautiful French garden in the Haute-Vienne department of France, in the village of St-Laurent-sur-Gorre not far from Limoges.
Explore the Jardin de Liliane
You enter the Jardin de Liliane at the top of a gentle hill and can see the garden spreading out in front of you. A lovely verdant vision with the many shades of green punctuated by flowers of roses, day lillies, geraniums, phlox and many more favourites as well as an interesting selection of unusual plants.
This garden is far from the traditional French garden style with its clipped box parterres and formal planting. Here big old trees line both edges of the garden and in the shade beneath grow large viburnums whose white panicules light up the deeper shade. There are also snakes-bark maple, acers and many interesting varieties of shrubs and trees.
Closer to the sweeping lawns are plants chosen for their interesting foliage, hostas, ferns, geraniums and grasses. And amongst these many roses and herbacious perennials ensuring there is a succession of flowers to add colour to the garden.
Liliane, herself, is very knowledgable about the plants and shrubs in the garden and, if you speak French, she can point out the unusual varieties.
The garden has developed over the last 30 or so years and incredibly is now gardened only by Liliane. Admittedly it does have a slightly wild quality rather than an incredibly manicured finish but that adds to its charm. Especially when, as Liliane describes many plants arrive by accident - seeded by the wind or birds, providing interesting plant combinations.
Liliane describes how in the early days she was worried nothing would grow in the shade of the large trees at the edges of the garden but she gradually found what grew and what didn't and continued to experiment until now she has an incredible range of varieties and all appear to be thriving. Indeed thinning out the more vigorous varieties must now take more time than weeding as there is barely a centimeter of soil for weeds to grow.
The Jardin de Liliane covers 8000m2 now and are maintained without the use of chemicals and with a very minimal amount of watering, mainly just after planting.
Visits to the Jardin de Liliane
The garden is open during July and August in the afternoons from 14.30 to 18.00 and Sunday afternoon is September from 14.30 to 18.00.
Visits cost 6 euros and are free to under 16s.
The adress is: Le Jardin de Liliane, Le Chateau des Bermondet, 87310 St Laurent sur Gorre.
Places to visit nearby
The very moving remains of the village of Oradour sur Glane are 19 kilometres from the Jardin de Liliane. Here an entire village with all its inhabitants was destroyed by SS troops in 1944. The village remains as it was in testament to the atrocities committed here.
Rochechouart is a pretty town with an attractive castle that is now home to a Modern Art museum. The church in the town has a very unusual twisting, hexagonal spire.
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Jardin de Liliane: remarkable garden
- Réserve naturelle régionale Étang de la Monnerie: site of natural beauty (10 km)
- Abbaye de Saint-Amand (Saint-Junien): religious monument (14 km)
- Site Corot: site of natural beauty (15 km)
- Saint-Hilaire-les-Places: ville fleurie 4* (21 km)
- Perigord-Limousin: regional natural parc (22 km)
- Aquarium du Limousin: aquarium (24 km)
- Abbatial church de Saint Pierre (Solignac): religious monument (25 km)
- Limoges: town of art and history (25 km)
- Abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Lesterps): religious monument (30 km)
- Pierre-Buffiere: village d'etape (33 km)
- Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche: recommended detour (34 km)
The French version of this page is at Le Jardin de Liliane (Francais)