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The gardens of Alsace listed and described below are the most outstanding among those gardens in the French region of Alsace that are classified as Jardins Remarquables, "Remarkable Gardens of France", by the French Ministry of Culture and the Comité des Parcs et Jardins de France.[1]

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Gardens of Alsace

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Bas-Rhin

View of the chateaux of Kintzheim and of Haut-Koenigsbourg from the road between Châtenois and Kintzheim
  • Kolbsheim - The Garden of the Château of Kolbsheim. Located 15 kilometers southwest of Strasbourg, overlooking the plain of Alsace. The chateau has two wings, the oldest built in 1703. The upper part of the garden is a geometric French parterre garden, decorated with ponds, fountains, hedges and sculpted trees. The lower part is an English park, with many hundred-year old trees. Much of the garden was destroyed in the First World War, but was restored by the Grunelius family, the present owners. (See photos)
  • Ottrott - The Domaine of Windeck. The house was built by an Alsatian nobleman, Joseph Pescalis, in 1770. The park was begun by Armand Theodore de Partein in 1835. It built in the romantic style, with clusters of trees, ponds and views of the ruined castle of Ottrott. Later trees from America and Asia were added. It includes a beech tree 20 meters high, several sequoia trees fifty meters high and four meters in diameter; American oak trees; cryptomeria trees from Japan; and groves of bamboo. In spring the garden has colorful displays of rhododendrons. (See photos)
  • Plobsheim - The Garden of Marguerite. A small English "secret" garden created by Marguerite and Michel Goetz in 1990, in the heart of the Alsatian village of Plobsheim. The garden features a stream, bridge, fountain, 2000 varieties of plants, and 150 varieties of old roses. (See photos)
  • Strasbourg - The Botanical Gardens of the Université Louis-Pasteur were originally founded by the French Academy of Sciences in 1619, and were the second-oldest botantical gardens in France. During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the gardens were turned into a cemetery and largely destroyed. The gardens were recreated between 1880 and 1884. Today the gardens, located on 3.5 hectares, have 6000 species of plants, including a collection of rare trees from around the world, including a giant sequoia from California a massive pecan tree, and a walnut tree from the Caucasus. Greenhouses shelter a remarkable collection of tropical plants, including giant waterlily (Victoria regia) from the Amazon River basin.(See photos of the garden)
  • Uttenhoffen - The Garden of La Ferme Bleue. A modern garden built around a farm from the time of the Thirty Years War in the 17th century, whose buildings, like those of other Protestant farms of the time, were painted blue. The garden features sculpture, fruit trees and fountains, and colorful seasonal displays of flowers. The garden was created by landscape architect Jean-Louis Cura.(See photos)

Haut-Rhin

  • Husseren-Wesserling - Parc of Wesserling. Created beginning in 1699 at the site of a the hunting lodge of the prince-abbey of Murbach, the garden contains formal French gardens and an English park,as well as contemporary statues. Trees include a giant sequoia, Virginia tulip, red oak, cypress, linden and maple, plus acacia, plus many kinds of seasonal flowers. (see photos)
  • Mulhouse - The Zoo and Botanical Park of Mulhouse Sud-Alsace The park was created in 1868 as a romantic landscape garden, with a zoo whose collection included kangaroo, deer and birds. Today the zoo has more than 1200 animals, and is dedicated to preserving rare species of plants and animals. It contains many species of tropical birds and monkeys, 400 kinds of iris in spring and dahlias in summer, and trees shaped into fantastic forms. It also features a garden of the senses for the blind, with signs in braille and plants chosen for their smell and touch.(See photos)
  • Riedisheim - Park Alfred Wallach. Created in 1935 by the Parisian landscape architect Achille Duchêne, the park has all the elements of a classic French garden; a large lawn; ornamental flower beds bordered by hedges; a rose garden with 136 varieties; a salle de repos ("place of repose") with statues and trees; a basin and fountain; a small maze; stairways connecting the different parts of the garden; and tree-shaded allées. (See photos)

Bibliography

  • Michel Racine, Jardins en France — Guide illustré,, Actes Sud, 1999.
  • Lucia Impelluso, Jardins, potagers et labyrinthes, Éditions Hazan, Paris, 2007.

References

  1. ^ The complete list and the criteria for selection (in French) can be found on the website of the Comité des Parcs et Jardins.

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