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LES JARDINS DU PRIEURÉ D'ORSAN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Prieuré d'Orsan
18170
France
Maisonnais

A71 Motorway, exit St Amand Montrond; 6 miles south-south-east of Lignières by D65.

6 acres

Tel
00 33 2 48 56 27 50

Visit website

Opening Hours

Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri, 11am–6pm; Sat, Sun & BH, 10am–7pm, Easter–30 Sep (please see website for exact dates).

Admission

Non-member adult €10.

RHS members

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

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Organic management
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Gareth Casey & Cyril Pearon

Owned by Gareth Casey & Cyril Pearon, the Orsan Gardens were created in 1993 in the grounds of a former monastery and listed historical monument, the Prieuré Notre Dame d’Orsan, which was established in 1107 by Robert d’Arbrissel as an off-shoot of the Abbey of Fontevraud. 

The layout of these remarkable contemporary gardens was inspired by medieval tapestries and illuminations. A true architectural gem, the site consists of more than 12 gardens, placed around a central cloister, and extending outwards to fields and woodlands. The hornbeam hedge arches surround a small vineyard, from which grape juice is made. Planting is symbolic, with many flowering plants added in recent years. Produce from the garden is used for jams and other bottled goods, and the orchards supply the apples for the house apple juice, always available in the garden shop. 

The gardens enjoy an idyllic location in the Berry region of Central France. The brainchild of two architects, Sonia Lesot and Patrice Taravella, the maintenance is skillfully handled by four gardeners, with new installations and plants added seasonally. Today the gardens are open to the public from April to October and offer a rich variety of garden experiences, from design to horticulture, wildlife, restfulness, production, workshops and shopping. 

Orsan is beautiful throughout the year, the changing seasons drawing attention to the architecture, structures, vegetation and colour.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Bluebells
  • Cut flowers
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

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