In Normandy, the pervading presence of rivers and the sea coast, the changeable weather and unique quality of light, together with our rich soils and gentle landscapes are the perfect setting for all those passionate about the art of gardening and the cultivation of art. Let’s join Claude Monet at his gate as he greets us, as he greeted the Duke of Trévise in 1920 on his 80th birthday with the words: “Why don’t we take a turn in the garden?” Why not indeed!


Parc du Château du Champ de Bataille
Château du Champ de Bataille © Marie-Gabrielle Varillon


Waterfalls, waterways, mills, set-piece water features, lakes and ponds are all testimony to the work commissioned by landowners and designed by landscape architects and gardeners. The result presents to the visitor the beauties of nature: garden design blended into the environment.

Parc du Bois des Moutiers à Varengeville-sur-Mer
Parc du Bois des Moutiers © Ben Collier


The rose comes in many forms and colours that never fail to fascinate – English roses, Old Roses, climbing roses, scented roses, thornless varieties, modern hybrids….For all those passionate about roses we have laid out a trail that links up a dozen Normandy rose garden collections.

Maison de Claude Monet à Giverny - Impressionnisme
© Fondation Claude Monet


Designing, creating, developing and maintaining a garden is one thing – and what an ambition that alone is!  But some garden owners have thought to transform their garden into a permanent exhibition space. Nature and nurture, the garden and its plants with sculpture and painting all come together to the great delight of everyone who comes.

week-end cuisine en famille au château de Miromesnil - Expérience
© Danielle Dumas


How about for one evening realising that dream you had as a child to live as a châtelain? Even if it is only for a weekend, live like a lord in his castle in a residence full of history and tucked away in its own wonderful grounds!
Château d’Asnières-en-Bessin
Château de Chantore
Château de Miromesnil

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Night Tour of the Jardin d’Agapanthe

Night Tour of the Jardin d’Agapanthe

Artists’ Gardens

Artists’ Gardens

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Gardens in Normandy

Gardens in Normandy