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The garden of Valsaintes abbey

The garden of Valsaintes abbey


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At the heart of a wild and unspoiled Haute-Provence nestle the Valsaintes abbey and its remarkable garden dedicated to the rose. On these lands, fallow until 1995, today flourish 400 varieties of roses that have found their place among the spontaneous vegetation. It must be said that everything is done here for respect for nature, with 100% natural maintenance practices that the visitor can discover via the abbey shop and the advice offered by his gardener Jean-Yves Meignen. Valsaintes is also a land of history. From the Paleolithic, this place was the subject of a cult of fertility. Today, you can admire a 17th century abbey church, fully restored. Summarizing this rich history, Valsaintes now intends to book you a timeless stroll ... in a garden like no other!

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Abbey of Valsaintes Boulinettes: ovoid concretions of underwater sandstone 110 million years old are at the origin of a Celtic cult dedicated to fertility.

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Valsaintes Abbey The church, the only building open to the public, has been completely restored by the site's management association. The presumed presence of a primitive cave at the current site of the choir of the church is probably at the origin of an original orientation giving rise to a solar phenomenon on the day of the winter solstice. This day, at exactly 2:32 p.m., when the sun is perfectly in the axis of the church, the disc of sunlight enters through the oculus placed on the south facade and illuminates the center of the altar.

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Valsaintes Abbey The garden received the "Remarkable Garden" label in July 2011. In 1995, it was still just a wasteland abandoned for decades.

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Valsaintes Abbey The dry stone terraces built before the French Revolution by Cistercian monks welcome 450 varieties of roses associated with a plant diversity adapted to the requirements of the climate and the soil, which had to be understood and accepted.

Valsaintes Abbey


Abbey of Valsaintes This three hundred year old white oak "Quercus Pubescens", marcescent tree whose leaves persist in winter, was classified "Remarkable tree of France" in December 2011.

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Valsaintes Abbey Found in 1996 under an invasion of brambles depriving them of the vital sun, the olive trees which froze in 1956 were growing back from their root stock.

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Valsaintes Abbey Water is scarce and watering is done with the rain collected and energized using a copper fluidic vortex. Mulching with local lavender straws reduces evaporation, maintains freshness and provides humus.

Valsaintes Abbey


Valsaintes Abbey The use of homeopathy and essential oils responds to the desire to set up gardening practices without any biocidal product. Plants and insects cannot live without each other and the concept of "parasite" does not exist in the abbey garden.

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Valsaintes Abbey Priest's garden with its botanical roses "Rosa Gallica Officinalis", its aromatic plants, annual flowers, vegetables and fruit trees.

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Abbey of Valsaintes Development of a dry garden for the enhancement of the local flora: a place of experimentation for the introduction of plants from different origins of the world, likely to correspond to the climatic requirements of Haute-Provence.

Valsaintes Abbey


Valsaintes Abbey A collection of 20 varieties and species of lavender: here lavender angustifolia and lavandin.

Valsaintes Abbey


Valsaintes Abbey Small quiet corners to sit and take your time. The atmosphere of serenity of the place will mark the visitor who lets himself be penetrated by the life which follows from this stroll out of time ... in a garden like no other!

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Valsaintes Abbey At the end of the route, a shop selling regional products with rose and lavender flavors and scents awaits the visitor, who will also find the natural homeopathy and aromatherapy maintenance products used in the abbey garden.

Valsaintes Abbey


Valsaintes Abbey Jean-Yves Meignen creator and gardener of the Valsaintes Abbey garden. Columnist on radio France bleu Vaucluse and Drôme-Ardèche, he also hosts conferences and gardening courses.



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