Guided tours, which are available all year round, are included in the entry fee. Accessible and convivial, they will allow you to develop a whole new perspective on gardening and the world of plants.
More than just a garden, the Jardin des Méditerranées is a place for experiments and observation; just as if they were working in an open-air laboratory, the gardeners have one single objective: to gain a better understanding of the gardens’ plants in order to encourage their growth.
There is something to interest all plant-lovers, whether enthusiasts or novices. Contrary to popular belief, botany is not just an élite preserve. It can be approached from both scientific and more informal angles! Various subjects come up for discussion: environmentally-friendly gardening, botany, ethno botany, plant biology and how plants adapt, etc. Here, both guides and gardeners are keen to help people discover the extraordinary world of plants.
Are you already aware of the vital link between flora and fauna? The aphids, ladybirds, bees, ants, etc. that we have christened ‘the secret gardeners’ are constantly at work here in the gardens, foraging, hunting and transporting things; the Domaine’s gardeners have learnt to work alongside them. They all deserve somewhere to live and the solution is easy: the gardens’ wild plants just need to be left to flower!
Let’s discuss what is needed to create and look after a garden. Have you ever considered using all those dead leaves that have fallen? Gilles Clément, who designed the site, shares his thoughts, ideas and past experience on the subject of environmentally-friendly gardens and shows us that nothing is wasted and that everything can be recycled very easily. Putting his ideas into practice at the Jardin des Méditerranées is a perfect example of how, in our gardens and on our balconies, each one of us can work with – and more importantly, not against – nature.
By means of these Mediterranean landscapes (for Australia, California, South Africa, the Canary Islands and Chile) and ‘guest appearances’ (for New Zealand, subtropical Asia, subtropical America and American drylands), you are also offered a genuine tour of the whole of the natural world. These landscapes have been designed to be as natural as possible; no evidence of human handiwork is visible in the gardens. The exotic scenery is one of the gardens’ many attractions.