Lotus Festival

Lotus pond
Lotus pond

“Martel Gardens” is a remarkable “à l’anglaise” garden situated some 30km north of Toulouse, near the town of Giroussens. The garden that covers a 35,000 square meters surface, first opened in April 1994. Nowadays it welcomes almost 50,000 visitors every year.
The garden, that features an exotic aquatic hothouse, ponds filled with lotus plants and even a “Lotus Temple”, holds each year in the beginning of July the “Lotus Festival” (“Festival du Lotus”). The timing of it corresponds with the peak of lotus flower bloom – lotus being a flower of July!
Lotus garden and temple
Lotus garden and temple

For the festival the garden was adorned with colorful decorations – called “Wind Gardens” – and featured an exposition of Bonzaï and Ikebana.
Wind garden
Wind garden

Wind garden
Wind garden

Lotus
Lotus

Lotus pond
Lotus pond

Lotus pond
Lotus pond
Lotus leaves
Lotus leaves
Lotus
Lotus
Callas
Callas

Little windmills
Little windmills

Freesias
Freesias
Jeu d'eau
Jeu d’eau
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