Rendez-vous aux Jardins 2017

Rochemontes Château
Rochemontes Château was built towards the end of the 17th century in Louis XIII style

Like every year since 2003 during the first weekend of June France celebrates its garden and parks. The event called “Rendez-vous aux jardins” organized by the Ministry of Culture is an occasion to visit or re-visit not only well known botanical and remarkable gardens but also outstanding privately owned gardens and parks usually closed to the general public.
As far as I was concerned I took the opportunity to visit the garden and park of château Rochemontes a 9 ha estate situated near the village of Seilh some 20km north of Toulouse.
Rochemontes castle itself is a Louis XIII style building erected towards the end of the 17th century and inhabited since by the same family – now at the 12th generation.
The “à la française” park and garden were designed from plans drawn by architect André Le Notre (1613 –1700) the famous landscape architect of the Versailles Gardens.
The estate lies on a cliff above the Garonne River and at the time of its foundation was a border property between the ancient regions of Languedoc and Guyenne.
The domain is also linked to the Napoleon epoch in the sense that it was here that the armies of Wellington stopped before crossing on a bridge of boats the Garonne River deeper into French land.
French Garden of the Rochemontes château
French Garden of the Rochemontes château
Crenellated green wall of the garden
Crenellated green wall of the garden gives the sense of a fortified wall
The place of the former vineyard of the Rochemontes château
The place of the former vineyard of the Rochemontes château
Anduze vase
Anduze vase marks the border of the property
The estate was located at the border between old French provinces of Languedoc and Guyenne
The estate was located at the border between old French provinces of Languedoc and Guyenne
Rochemontes Park covers 9ha
Rochemontes Park covers 9ha
Wellington armies
During the Napoleon times Wellington armies stopped on the Rochemontes domain before crossing the Garonne River deeper into France
Rochemontes star
Terracotta decoration in center of a vegetation star
Rochemontes Chapel
Rochemontes Chapel
Ruins of a forme fountain
Ruins of a forme fountain
View of the Garonne River from the Rochemontes garden
View of the Garonne River from the Rochemontes garden
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