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JARDIN DU PLESSIS SASNIERES

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Le Château
Loir et Cher
France
41310 Sasnières

10 miles south west of Vendôme by the N10 & D108.

11 acres

Tel
00 33 2 54 82 92 34

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Opening Hours

Thurs–Mon, 10am–6pm, 1 Apr–31 Oct.

Admission

Non-member adult €10.

RHS members

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

Facilities

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

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Pond or lake

About the garden

Owned by
Rosamee Henrion

Nestling in a little valley, the garden is at the foot of the Sasnières village in a setting preserved from distressing urbanisation. The balance between the natural garden and the neater one contributes to its refinement, its main characteristic. This subtle mix of elaborate parts and seemingly wilder ones renders the garden elegant, quiet and peaceful. The 16th century pond and its natural springs enliven the garden.

Despite its large surface area (9 hectares and 3.5 hectares for the garden properly speaking), the Plessis Sasnières garden is reassuring. This feeling of security probably stems from the fact the garden is nestled in a little valley. Thus the garden turns into a protected site and the poetical walks become a real moment of pleasure.

Some people consider Sasnières as a brightly coloured garden with its thousands of flowers and others appreciate the thousands of trees and shrubs, some of them being more than a hundred years old and are of botanical interest.

One has to keep in mind that the garden is the result of an enthusiastic botanist’s work; indeed, each plant is carefully chosen for its aesthetic beauty as well as for its botanical appeal. These two main interests rule the garden’s composition. However, the Sasnières estate already had remarkable trees dating back to the 19th century. Several storms altered the landscape in knocking down trees. Fallen trees sometimes open new vistas, sometimes it is just very unfortunate. Over the years, Rosamée Henrion has passionately managed this nature: she has felled trees, she has made difficult choices, she has planted new varieties of plants. Her curiosity, her knowledge and her love of trees and flowers make the Plessis Sasnières garden an interesting, rich, enlightened and natural place.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Magnolias
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Wisteria

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