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CHÂTEAU DE LA BUSSIÈRE

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

35 Rue du Château
Loiret
France
45230 La Bussiè

1 hour 30 from Paris off the N7; autoroute A77; sortie 19; (9 miles north-east of Gien).

Kitchen garden 3.7 acres, park 148 acres

Tel
00 33 2 38 35 93 35

Visit website

Opening Hours

1 Apr–31 Oct (please see website for opening times).

Admission

Non-member adult €9.50.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's activities
  • DIY Refreshments
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture

About the garden

Owned by
Laure et Bertrand Bommelaer

The garden was created in the 18th century in place of a vineyard. The walls enclose 1.5 hectares of the same types of fruits, flowers and vegetables that were grown here long ago. Old-time vegetables such as rutabaga, lentils and chard have been carefully selected and planted. What would make the best neighbour for a leek? Something that repels flies, mildew and other harmful things, of course.  

Come and discover the secrets of the plants and discuss with the chief gardener, who is sure to give you some good tips if you ask nicely. With 40 varieties of pear trees and 30 apple trees, the orchard contains surprising varieties such as “the sugar of Gien” and the “lady’s thigh", the pruned trees shaping up many paths in the garden.  

Today, the back of the garden has been transformed into a berry orchard. With 2.5 acres of growing area, the berry patch produces raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and a special hybrid berry called the casseille: a product of blackcurrants and redcurrants. During the season, visitors enjoy the opportunity to take home some of the garden’s natural products.

Plants of special interest

  • Asters
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cut flowers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.