The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie, Dordogne visitors guide
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The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie is a colourful garden which has been created around a working farm where melons and sweetcorn are grown. The farm also welcomes guests to its gite and chambre d'hote and it is an auberge providing food by reservation in the evening.
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The garden is situated in 5000m2 of land in the Dordogne valley and has been created gradually by Martine and its upkeep is carried out by Martine and her partner Alain. With an emphasis on colour and flowers the garden is now home to more than 500 varieties of plants and more than 500 different roses both ancient and modern.
Your initial view of the garden is the courtyard surrounding the beautiful farmhouse buildings. The buildings are typical of the Dordogne and have golden stone walls which are more than partly covered by a mass of climbing plants. Large planters around the courtyard are filled with Oleanders, Daturas and flowering annuals and the overall effect is a joy.
The next part of the garden was once the potager but when the auberge was created in the barn in 1991 this was transformed into an attractive garden to emphasise the beauty of the buildings and add to the enjoyment of a visit to the auberge.
Curved paths lead around the wide borders planted with roses, flowering shrubs such as lilacs, buddleia, spirea, lilacs and ceanothus. Shaped box hedging and conifers give a strong background colour and shape to the garden.
A small pond surrouded by a mass of colourful and exotic planting is a highlight of this garden and a lovely spot to pause and enjoy the peace.
The garden then winds gently uphill past borders full of comfrey, campanulas and many other flowering plants and leads to a woodland area where the shady woodland setting has been brightened with the addition of a number of whimsical sculptures created by Martine in the quiet months of winter.
The garden walk then leads past the wooden tobacco barns towards a viewpoint looking out over Domme on the other side of the valley. Then walk back downhill past the orchard with a mix of different fruits and back to the main garden.
Walk along the main driveway and then under the rose arch to another garden full of flowers including roses, rudbeckias, zinnias and flowering trees and shrubs.
When to visit the Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie?
The garden is open from 15 May to the 15 September from 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 18.00. A visit costs 6 euros for adults and 4 euros for under 12s.
Where to visit nearby?
The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie is on the edge of the village of La Roque Gageac which is classified as one of the "most beautiful villages of France". The village is also planted with an amazing and exotic abundance of palms, banana plants and bamboo which makes it a particular pleasure to visit.
Another great French garden in the area is the Jardins de Marqueyssac. These are quite a contrast to the Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie as they have almost no flowers but have amazing swirling box topiaries and great views over the Dordogne.
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- La Roque-Gageac: most beautiful village
- Jardins de Marqueyssac: remarkable garden
- Beynac: most beautiful village (4 km)
- Eglise notre-Dame de Nativité (Cenac-et-Saint-Julien): religious monument (4 km)
- Jardins du château de Caudon: remarkable garden (4 km)
- Domme: most beautiful village (4 km)
- Jardins de l'Albarède: remarkable garden (4 km)
- Cathédrale Saint-Sardos (Sarlat): religious monument (7 km)
- Sarlat: town of art and history (7 km)
- Jardin de Conty: remarkable garden (11 km)
- Jardin de la Daille: remarkable garden (15 km)
- Belves: most beautiful village (15 km)
The French version of this page is at The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie (Francais)