Mayenne France - The most beautiful gardens in the Pays de la Loire

Medieval garden in Château-Gontier

Gardens on the Mayenne in France

If you want to rent a houseboat on the Mayenne in France, make time for the villages along the way. Flower villages - that's what Michel promised us when he picked us up from the airport in Nantes our houseboat tour on the Mayenne. And he was right! We encountered flowers not only in the villages and small towns along the river, and not only in gardens. Almost every lock we passed was beautifully decorated with flowers. And the mills and bridges we passed on our way from Daon to Laval offered pretty views: old stones and buildings are much prettier with floral decorations.

 

 

The highlight for us garden fans were the gardens of Château-Gontier, which even has several themed gardens. In France, the most beautiful gardens are awarded prizes every year. In 2010, the gardens of Château-Gontier received the Fleur d'Or, winning this competition among the floral villages of France. We took a closer look at these gardens. See for yourself:

 

 

Plants put this village in the right light
Plants put this village in the right light

Mayenne France - The garden at the Square de Frome in Château-Gontier

The garden at Square de Frome is located on the central traffic island in Château-Gontier and can not be missed from the jetty on the Mayenne. Here you come over on the way to the city center.

 

Garden at Square de Frome in Château-Gontier
Garden at Square de Frome in Château-Gontier
Hydrangeas in the Square de Frome on the Mayenne
Hydrangeas at Square de Frome on the Mayenne France

 

 The medieval garden at Château-Gontier on the Mayenne in France

Directly opposite the central boat jetty in Château-Gontier is the medieval garden with its raised beds and shady arches, which provide pleasant coolness in the summer heat.

 

Boxwood arches in the medieval garden at Château-Gontier on the Mayenne in France
Boxwood arches in the medieval garden in Château-Gontier
Medieval garden in Château-Gontier on the Mayenne in France
Medieval garden in Château-Gontier
Raised beds in the medieval garden in Château-Gontier on the Mayenne in France
Raised beds in the medieval garden in Château-Gontier
Pond in the middle ages garden
Pond in the middle ages garden

 

 The fragrance garden in Château-Gontier on the Mayenne in France

Right next to it is the scented garden, which doesn't come up with as colorful flowers as the other gardens of the city on the Mayenne in France. Our hands smell all the more intensively afterwards, because you have to touch and smell this garden in order to experience it with all your senses.

 

Flowers in the fragrance garden of Château-Gontier on the Mayenne in France
Flowers in the fragrance garden of Château-Gontier on the Mayenne in France
The insect house in the Jardin des Senteurs
The insect house in the Jardin des Senteurs
The Garden of Perfumes on the Mayenne in France
The Garden of Perfumes at Chateau Gontier on the Mayenne in France
You have to touch and smell the herbs in the scent garden
You have to touch and smell the herbs in the scent garden
Flower decorations at one of the locks on the Mayenne France
Flower decorations at one of the locks on the Mayenne in France

More gardens at Château-Gontier on the Mayenne in France

There are other gardens in Château-Gontier, but for all our time was not enough. These are:

  • The gardens on the Promenade de Murrhardt
  • The Jardins of the Ursuline and the Jardin italien
  • The Jardin de la piscine
  • Jardin rue des Trois Moulins and
  • The Jardin du bout du monde

And how do you like the gardens on the Mayenne? By the way, they are also very beautiful Gardens of the painter Monet in Giverny.


 

Information for houseboat trips can be found here:

Rent a houseboat - this is how a houseboat vacation works
By houseboat on the Mayenne
A few tips on what you should consider as a beginner with the houseboat on the Mayenne:
16 tips for beginners on a houseboat tour on the Mayenne

 

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Source: On-site research. We would like to thank Tourisme Mayenne in France for the invitation. Our opinion remains our own.

 

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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