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Visit the gardens of the Notre Dame D'Orsan priory

Visit the gardens of the Notre Dame D'Orsan priory

How to describe the charm of the gardens of the Notre Dame d'Orsan priory? Here breathes, intact, an inspiration from the Middle Ages. The gardens are not a simple copy of those of yesteryear: they are a free interpretation of them which draws with happiness from medieval codes and know-how to offer, almost a millennium later, the same feeling of tranquility. Surrounding the priory of Orsan created in 1107 by Robert d'Arbrissel, the creator of the Abbey of Fontevraud, the gardens are a mixture of rigor and carefree, with as a guiding principle a consummate art of trellising and plessing.

Notre Dame d'Orsan Priory


François Berraldacci Another variation of the plant heart on the pediment of one of the priory buildings.

Notre Dame d'Orsan Priory


François Berraldacci The buildings of the community are coquettishly bordered by carefully designed hedges.

Notre Dame d'Orsan Priory


François Berraldacci The Orsan rose garden chooses pink and white, in honor of the Virgin Mary. The old climbing roses, crumbling under the weight of their flowers, benefit from the support of the chestnut structures.

Notre Dame d'Orsan Priory


François Berraldacci In spite of the carefully designed hedges, nature retains its freedom and its insolence by preserving in the gardens a rustic air

Notre Dame d'Orsan Priory


François Berraldacci What could be more comfortable than gardening at breast height? Thanks to these imposing squares plastered in chestnut, crops can develop remarkably while the gardener spares his pain.

Notre Dame d'Orsan Priory


François Berraldacci The harvest time has come. Admire these magnificent butternut squash!

Notre Dame d'Orsan Priory


François Berraldacci With a consummate art of trellising, the gardeners of Orsan have shaped plum trees in order to create the mazes of a labyrinth where quince and pear trees flourish.

Notre Dame d'Orsan Priory


François Berraldacci Placed in the center of the monastery, the fountain symbolizes the source of the four rivers of paradise.

Notre Dame d'Orsan Priory


François Berraldacci Place of collection, the cloister of greenery is protected from the world by a plant gallery sheltered from which flourish the vine stocks.