Jardin Botanique de Vauville

This was my favorite garden, or Jardin. It was created in 1947 by a man who loves plants and gardens. He wanted a garden of exotic plants but the climate of Normandy is very windy and plants have a difficult time growing. So, he began creating his garden with large plantings, like bamboo, to create a wind break.

There are more than 1,200 species from the Southern Hemisphere. He takes advantage of the natural terrain to create a tier of views from the smallest plant to the largest and most distant. There wasn’t a bad view anywhere. Every garden had its own beauty and each was unique. You could easily get lost.

He also had a collection of small wire haired dogs. One followed us around every turn, as if her job was to accompany and entertain us.

The owner built this beautiful garden in a very inhospitable climate. It reminded me of how my grandfather built a dock in an inlet with such a strong current that no one had ever dared to try. Once he built it everyone else did the same.

You can read more about this beautiful garden at www.jardin-Vauville.fr.

Chateau Of Nacqueville

The next beautiful garden was built on the property of a woman (Florence) who inherited this home because her brothers did not want to live there. The father told his 4 children that anyone of them could have it, if they promised to live there. She was the only one of 4 siblings to volunteer.

The home has some very old roots. The Norman family built the chateau in the 1400’s and maintained it for over 6 generations. Around 1830 an English landscape gardener was hired by the owner at the time and he relandscaped the entire property to the current layout.

During the Second World War the chateau and park were occupied by the German army and then by the Americans as a hospital. When Marcel Hersent reclaimed the property in 1946 the whole place was in terrible shape. Parts of the roof were missing, the interior was in ruins and the park and woods were badly damaged. Marcel Hersent talked the task of wiping out all traces of war and completely restored the chateau and woods.

You can see more about this delightful garden at www.nacqueville.com