Les Jardins de Roquelin, Loiret visitors guide
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The Jardins de Roquelin is an attractive rose garden in Meung-sur-Loire in the Loire Valley. It has developed around a family farm and is classified as a Jardin Remarquable.
Explore the Gardens of Roquelin
Planting began in the Jardins de Roquelin in a field next to the family farmhouse. The garden now covers an area of one hectare and is primarily a rose garden with a wide variety of old roses and more modern repeat flowering varieties.
The wide borders are also home to lots of trees to provide shade and structure and lots of varieties of shrubs and perennials to provide interest. You will see though that roses are the main passion in this garden and so best to visit in late spring when the most roses are in flower.
All in all four hundred and fifty varieties of roses have been planted and the shapes, colours and scent are lovely. Tea roses, Rugosa, Alba, Bourbon, Gallic and Damascus roses are all represented and most are labeled so that you can buy the same plant in the adjoining nursery or remember it for future planting schemes.
The borders have been laid out in English garden style with wide borders and grassy paths and there are chairs and benches scattered around so that you can sit and enjoy the view and the scent.
The garden has been laid out to a plan which includes a parterre garden - laid out in formal squares, an ornamental vegetable garden, again laid out in squares. There is also a pond, a Mediterranean garden with lots of lavender and another area with triangles of santolina.
At the exit to the garden there is a plant shop where you can buy many of the plants in the garden and especially the roses.
The shop also sells a variety of different jams and marmalades and other home made products.
The Jardin de Roquelin is open from the end of April to the begining of October from 10.00-18.00 hours every day except Tuesday.
Places to visit nearby
Meung-sur-Loire is lucky enough to have another lovely French garden that is classified 'Jardin Remarquable'. The Jardin Arboretum d'Ilex covers 2 hectares and has developed along the edge of a river. As well as a large variety of trees it contains the national collection of hostas, astilbes and clematis.
Meung-sur-Loire itself is a pretty village with a chateau that can be visited.
One of the most visited sites in the Loiret department is the lovely Parc Floral de la Source which is a huge garden covering 35 hectares and beautifully laid out with lots to interest any keen gardeners visiting the area. The Parc Floral de la Source is situated on the edge of Orleans which is a very attractive city with an impressive cathedral and close ties with Joan of Arc whose influence can be seen in various parts of the town.
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Les prés-Culand: remarkable garden
- Beaugency: recommended detour (7 km)
- Olivet: ville fleurie 4* (16 km)
- Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle: ville fleurie 4* (16 km)
- Orleans: town of art and history (18 km)
- Parc Floral de la Source: remarkable garden (18 km)
- Fleury-les-Aubrais: ville fleurie 4* (20 km)
- Saint-Cyr-en-Val: ville fleurie 4* (20 km)
- Talcy Chateau: national monument (20 km)
- Jardin du château de Talcy: remarkable garden (20 km)
- Chateaudun: recommended detour (38 km)
- Roseraie des terrasses de l’évêché: remarkable garden (38 km)
The French version of this page is at Les Jardins de Roquelin (Francais)