The secret gardens of Cotè d’Azur

The secret gardens of Cotè d’Azur

Jul 23, 2012

The Coté d’Azur is the natural geographic extension of the Flower Riviera, a place where it’s Spring all year long, facing the sea and blessed with a mild climate and lots of sunsine.

Therefore the location is perfect for the growth and development of flowers and plants of all kinds,  countless are the gardens and the parks that dot the towns of this Southern strip of France.

We begin our tour with the Gardens of Villa Kérylos , situated at Beaulieu sur Mer, the Villa is the accurate reconstruction of a building of ancient Greece, surrounding the villa there’s a lovely garden full of plants of the Mediterranean maquis: vineyards, olive trees, carobs, myrtle, laurel sided by payrus and palm trees. The propriety romantically overlooks the Gulf of Cap Ferrat.

Continuing our trip among the fragrants of the Mediterranean maquis,  we’ll visit the Gardens and the Renoir Propriety in Cagnes sur Mer, which in 1907 Auguste Renoir, master of Impressionism, decided to purchase it and spent the last years of his life in the midst of olive trees and other centuries old plants. The propriety includes a vast garden which perserves century old olive trees, scentiful rose gardens and many fruit trees. It is said that the place was the source of inspiration for some of the last works of the French artist.

The Exotic Gardens of Eze  are suspended between the blue sky and the cobalt blue sea of Coté d’Azur, an enchanted  location that encloses a place with caves excaved in the rock and terraces overlooking the panorama, all surrounded by hundreds of exotic plants that create the Jardin Exotique, an Eden for all.

Proceeding the visit at the discovery of the secret gardens we can’t forget the opulence of  Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and the Gardens of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, the Villa and the Gardens were created by the Baron Rothschild during the period of the Belle Epoque, the position is magnificent, the gardens are nine and they’re inspired by the major international styles.

We would like to dedicate a glance at a special garden, a park that perserves plants but moreover artistic masterpieces, it’s the  Maeght Foundation at Saint-Paul, a garden where many masterpieces of the most important modern and contemporary artists proudly stand.

It was created in 1964 by Aimé and Marguerite Maeght and it hosts many works of Braque, Chagall, Giacometti, Matisse, Mirò…. Sculptures, paintings, ceramics and lithographs of important artists of the twentieth century come together in an embrace with nature in which they’re immersed.