The Mediterranean garden of Roquebrun

By May 30, 2017TO SEE, VILLAGE
TO SEE | VILLAGE

Roquebrun is a lovely village which I have visited many times. However, I have never been to the Jardin Méditerranéen. Until now. As the kids were enjoying their holiday, I thought this would be a good moment. First, we would pay a visit to the garden, followed by catching little fish in the river Orb. Sounded like a plan. Well… After removing our car from the very, very narrow streets of the village.

Stuck

Normally I park by the river, so I had never been driving into Roquebrun itself. As the Jardin Méditerranéen is nestled at the top of the village beneath the tower, my GPS indicated to go straight after the bridge, and then to the right. So that’s what I did. Even though there was a sign advising not to go because of the narrow streets. From my personal experience, I can now say this is good advice, which needs to be followed. Fortunately, the car didn’t get stuck completely, but we came close… And the car smelled of rubber for days, a combination of too much acceleration, breaking and fear… So: DO NOT enter the village by car! You can park at the designated parking space near the Office de Tourisme.

Great view

After this quite exciting adventure, the kids had absolutely no trouble walking to the garden. I also enjoyed it, because it is a lovely walk. Normally we lie by the river with a great view of the village. As we were on the other side of the river, we had a beautiful outlook over the surroundings and the Orb River. Magnifique! The way to the garden is well signposted and is a steep but easy walk. You will find the garden just beneath the medieval tower.

Unique local plants

Le Jardin Méditerranéen was founded in 1986 and has the most important collection of the region, with unique plants from Languedoc. Because of Roquebruns position in the Orb valley, the village has its own microclimate. Just perfect for mimosa, cactuses, lemons and all kinds of exotic plants to grow. Hence its nickname ‘Little Nice’. Even though I do not have green fingers, I liked our visit. I especially enjoyed walking around the tower of Roquebrun. About 4000 plants grow and bloom in the Mediterranean garden, thanks to some passionate gardeners. As Le Jardin Méditerranéen is quite isolated, the material to create the garden – 1000 tonnes in total – was brought on the backs of people and donkeys. What a job that must have been!

Info

The garden is open for 7 days a week in spring, summer and fall. During winter only by reservation. Do look at their website for opening hours and entrance fees. Best is to park at the parking on Avenue des Orangers, near the Office de Tourisme.

Jardin Méditerranéen
Place de l’Eglise
34460 Roquebrun
+33 (0)4 67 89 55 29

Jardin Méditerranéen

Office de Tourisme
4 avenue des Orangers
34460 Roquebrun
+33 (0)4 67 23 02 21

Office de Tourisme

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  • Vikki Finch says:

    Oh how I wish we had seen this post BEFORE our GPS insisted that the entrance to the gardens was on a tiny, steeply slanting, almost impossible (thank God for a tiny Fiat) medieval road.

    We didn’t even see the don’t-drive-up-here-unless-you-are-a-masochist sign as we were transfixed by that “med-evil” road as we now call it.

    Since GPS doesn’t seem to understand that road is the devil, the Marie needs to make the abandon-hope-all-ye-who-enter-here sign giantly prominent, and remove any markings indicating the gardens are up THAT road.

    Our poor little Fiat made it out with just a scratch, but its occupants are still emotionally scarred. No. Medieval. Roads. Ever. Again.

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