A garden is something quite personal. Some people like gardens packed with flowers, others prefer to play with forms, some like it formal and others prefer it wild. So maybe Garden Agapanthe is not the dream garden for you as it is for me.
I didn’t really know what to expect from this garden and to be honest it’s hard to put the magic of it all on picture. I can best describe this garden as some kind of fairy forest, where trees and plants are special in different ways, where you have to find a way through narrow paths to stumble on beautiful water features and ornaments. This garden has to be discovered in the true sense of the word.
Jardin Agapanthe is the work of garden designer Alexandre Thomas, who uses this garden as his laboratory. This garden gives the impression it has always been there, but don’t be fooled. The garden is relatively new, but Thomas selected large plants and trees to give this instant effect. The whole garden is tied together by putting a thin layer of sand between the plants and on the paths. This doesn’t only have a visual purpose, but also makes maintenance easier and keeps the soil humid. Exotic plants are mixed with local ones and throughout the garden you have the lovely sound of water. It’s quite interesting to see how beautiful topiary pieces act as living sculptures and bring a dynamic between the more natural and the more formal.
This maze of lushness really enchanted me a lot and it definitely gave me a lot of inspiration. The garden also has it’s own nursery where you can buy some plans that you find in the garden. And you are also able to buy most of the antique objects integrated in the garden as well. Garden Agapanthe is truly an inspiring and magic place to visit… but as I said, this is just my personal opinion.
Jardin Agapanthe : 1, impasse Agapanthe, 76850 – Grigneuseville, Normandy, France
Opening Hours : In May and September, at weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays) only from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm.
From June to August, at weekends (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays) only from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm.