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Visit to Vauville
September 26, 2020
A day outside in the fresh air. Let’s discover a man-made botanical wonder in the north of La Manche. In 1948, there was a big meadow here. From this large meadow, the Pellerin family created a subtropical paradise over 3 generations of gardeners, the Botanical Gardens of Vauville.
The Garden of 5 hectares, which is listed as a French Historical monument and “Jardin Remarquable” since 2004, has more than 1000 species of plants from the Southern hemisphere. They have been planted to fit the natural majesty of the countryside around the Chateau of Vauville and are a unique collection of sub-tropical plants not native to Europe and a hidden secret of remote Normandy. This collection of evergreen trees, shrubs and plants can be seen all year long. The plants sit within 22 “green rooms” and complement the natural landscape. The valley’s natural water course flows through the garden and has been diverted to create ponds and meanders to support Crinums, Osmunda Regalis and other aquatic plants to flourish.
In addition La Ferme du Jardin can be visited (entrance 4 Euro) where you will see endangered breeds of domestic animals native to La Manche and in particular to La Hague. From the farm there are spectacular views over Vauville and the English Channel. A member of the Pellerin family will give us a guided tour in English. Length of the tour, approximately 2 hours.