Ecological garden model, the Remarkable Garden of the Abbey of Valsaintes has become a reference space both for the preservation of its biodiversity and for its innovative proposals.
Indeed, in order to respect the vital balance of plants and living beings of the garden of the abbey, the maintenance practices are 100% natural (homeopathy, essential oils, energized water, straw mulch of local lavender, auxiliary insects of the garden… ).
The Cistercian monks had built terraces of dry stone. A rocky area of the garden hid a flora adapted to grow in an extreme situation. A first time was dedicated to the observation and conservation of plants growing spontaneously on this arid terrain such as aspic lavender, savory, thymes, immortelle...
Then, Jean-Yves Meignen, the master builder, planted 550 varieties of roses and many dry field plants. A chronological route "The Way of the Roses" tells the story of this iconic flower and a dry garden offer 350 species and varieties of plants adapted to drought and cold.
An agroecological vegetable garden germinates at the abbey of Valsaintes. It has the will to initiate to modes of vegetable cultures with which the cycles of the nature are respected. We must add a dimension of human ecology made of sharing, sobriety, non-waste, safety and all other humanistic values.
A very large majority of visitors are sensitive to this natural beauty resulting from this fragile balance maintained permanently between men living on this site and the surrounding nature.
Nature, history and serenity in the heart of a wild Haute-Provence and preserved for a ride out of time... in a garden like no other!
Abbey of Valsaintes
place called Boulinette
Tel.: 04 92 75 94 19
E-mail: [email protected]
- April and October: every day from 14h to 18h
- From May 1st to September 30th: every day from 10h30 to 19h
- Adult: 7 €
- Child from 12 to 18 years old and students: 3.50 €
- Group rates from 10 to 29 participants: 6 € per person and from 30 participants: 5 € per person
- Common ticket with the castle of Simiane-la-Rotonde (visit of the garden + castle): 9 € instead of 11 € - 4.50 € for children from 12 to 18 years - free for children under 12 years