Les Jardins de Cadiot, Dordogne visitors guide
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The Jardins de Cadiot is an attractive garden in the Dordogne valley between Sarlat and Souillac. The garden is on the edge of the village of Carlux which is in itself a very pretty village with the ruins of a castle in its centre.
Explore the Jardins de Cadiot
The Jardins de Cadiot is an established garden, created in the 1980s and there are ten different themed gardens to explore. On arriving the first garden you will see is the potager which like many vegetable gardens in France is designed to be colourful as well as productive. Unusual tomato varieties and lots of squashes and gourds are amongst the vegetables grown.
Next is a long border full of lots of colourful flowers and running along the edge of the orchard which is laid out symmetrically with a pond full of waterlilies at its centre. Continue through the orchard and you come to a lovely collection of hydrangeas which are beautiful from July onwards.
Peonies are one of our favourite flowers and a large peony garden makes this a very special part of the garden in spring when the peonies are in flower. There are over a hundred different varieties to admire. Next to this the labyrinth is a particular favourite for families with children.
Next sweeping borders either side of a wide grassy area are filled with lots of roses as well as a mixture of shrubs and perennials and at the lower end of the slope these borders are on the planting includes a wide range of ornamental grasses.
The garden owners have a strong artistic side and this is particularly evident in the woodland garden which contains a number of sculptures by Zimbabwean artists. This is also a nice cool spot if you are here in the height of summer!
The garden is in two halves and to get to the remaining gardens there is a quiet road to cross. Here next to the house you will find the English garden with mixed borders and lots of golden coloured plants which are particularly colourful in summer. Collections of daylilies are particularly prominent in this garden.
The Tuscan garden is a highlight of the Jardins de Cadiot and is laid out as a formal garden with clipped box and standing out against the verdant green backdrop are blue and white irises in the spring and blue and white agapanthus in the summer. A statue provides a focal point to the planting.
Once you have thoroughly explored the garden you can head to the pretty patios where there is a small tea shop selling home made cakes and drinks made with flowers from the garden. I had an absolutely delicious home made ginger cordial whilst visiting which I would definitely recommend!
The garden can be found at the village of Carlux and is open every day from the 1st May to the 30th September from 10.00-19.00.
Places to visit nearby
The village of Carlux is definintely worth exploring whilst you are here. It is small but has the ruins of a chateau at its centre and an unusual tall chimney from the 11th century which used to be lit during epidemics to warn visitors not to come to the village.
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Notre Dame des Cordeliers (Gourdon): religious monument (7 km)
- Gourdon: recommended detour (7 km)
- Abbaye Sainte Marie (Souillac): religious monument (10 km)
- Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac: remarkable garden (10 km)
- Sarlat: town of art and history (11 km)
- Cathédrale Saint-Sardos (Sarlat): religious monument (11 km)
- Jardins du château de Caudon: remarkable garden (14 km)
- Domme: most beautiful village (14 km)
- La Roque-Gageac: most beautiful village (15 km)
- Eglise notre-Dame de Nativité (Cenac-et-Saint-Julien): religious monument (15 km)
- Jardins de Marqueyssac: remarkable garden (17 km)
- Beynac: most beautiful village (17 km)
The French version of this page is at Les Jardins de Cadiot (Francais)