- orangery and garden -
The micro climate of the “Potager”, surrounded by canals, is perfect for the direct planting in the ground of Peach trees, Fig trees, Guava trees from Brazil, and more. Its walls are adorned with impressive and flower-adorned espaliered pear trees from the 18th century, including a rare specimen with 32 branches and a circumference of 1.06 meters. The banks of the canals are enhanced by two piers where one can truly allow themselves to drift into a sweet reverie.
The vegetable garden is a conglomeration of plant life and flowers: hedges of small fruits, flowerbeds, vegetables (including 20 varieties of tomatoes), a collection of cucurbit, a herb garden interspersed with slices of sequoia to facilitate its upkeep; and a garden of medicinal herbs organized by their ancient uses, including stress, insomnia, dermatology, heart, blood, kidneys, etc.
Planted and sustained with careful wisdom and hard work, this historic place invites one to stop to enjoy the serenity of a moment of introspection in its charming yet restrained setting.
The Orangery was constructed in 1746. Against a backdrop of the tall, shingled roof of the Château, the architectural ensemble created by the Church of St. Cecile, the Hermitage and the Orangery is the perfect surrounding for the citrus trees found lining the path. The citrus plants are also complimented by the surrounding colors: the pink bricks of the building, the grey of the lavender plants, and the blue sculptures of the Arizona Cypress. A handsome Italian-inspired garden too confirms that Acquigny is designed to pleasure the senses and to instill deep contemplation in those who experience its splendor.
Vegetables from the Mediterranean and other hot climates decorate the façade of the orangery – Jasminum officinalis, pomegranates, passion vines, Fremontodendron Californicum, vines- each transporting one into an enchanting universe of delicate perfumes.
- EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE PARK AND THE GARDENS OF THE CHÂTEAU -
Train stations: Evreux, Rouen and Val de Reuil
From Rouen and Evreux : http://www.vtni27.fr/
From the first Sunday of April to the last Sunday of October :
Weekends and Holidays 2 pm - 6 pm
From July 1st to August 31st: :
Everyday 2 pm -7 pm
Guided Tour around the Château at 3 pm and 4:30 pm
Plan at least one hour and 45 minutes to enjoy the beauty of the gardens. Two hours and a half is ideal.
You can visit the park and gardens, the “Salon du Midi”, the Orangery and and the cider-press house.