Les Jardins du Prieuré Notre-Dame d'Orsan

LES JARDINS DU PRIEURÉ NOTRE-DAME 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.

8 acres

Tel
00 33 2 48 56 27 50

Visit website

Opening Hours

1 Apr–20 Oct. Please see website for more opening dates and times.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies when open.

Facilities

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

Features

  • Herbaceous border
  • Organic management

About the garden

Owned by
Gareth Casey

The Prieuré d’Orsan Gardens sit in the grounds of a former Fontevrist monastery which was founded in 1107 by Robert d’Arbrissel and which is now a listed historic monument located in the Berry region of central France.
 
The design of these remarkable contemporary gardens was inspired by medieval tapestries and illuminations as well as the rich spiritual history of the site. The gardens consist of 14 ‘rooms’ placed around a central hornbeam cloister, extending outwards to include productive orchards, vegetable and medicinal gardens, a vineyard and, finally, decorative garden spaces such as the rose garden and the labyrinth which are rich in symbolism.

Traditional techniques are used throughout the gardens, such as hand-woven chestnut and willow raised beds, decorative supports and furniture, tree trellising and pruning; natural disease and insect control, as well as soil improvement. The gardens have been maintained without the use of chemicals since 2017 and so rely heavily on garden management skills and expertise from bygone years.

Produce from the garden is transformed on site to make apple and raisin juice, jams, sauces and other bottled goods, which are available in the garden shop while refreshments and lunch are served on the terrace. The gardens are open to the public from April to October and throughout the year; workshops are held on various gardening and craft subjects. For more information please visit our website.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Clematis
  • Cut flowers
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hostas
  • Magnolias
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • 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.