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Jardin de la Villa Fort France

Park and garden, Garden, Private garden, Remarkable garden in Grasse

  • The Villa Fort France was built around 1930 by Lady Fortescue, a British writer, who wrote her bestseller "Perfume from Provence" there.
    The garden presents a very large botanical variety.

  • The garden is best visited from the bottom up by strolling along the terraces. You first gaze upon the trees and perennials from below or from the side, before rising above them to admire them from a loftier perspective.

    As you explore the gardens, you also discover the surrounding Grasse landscape of cypress and hills rolling down to the sea. Each terrace has its own botanic curiosities, like the metasequoia glyptostroboides, white and yellow “Banks’” roses stretching up to the army of...
    The garden is best visited from the bottom up by strolling along the terraces. You first gaze upon the trees and perennials from below or from the side, before rising above them to admire them from a loftier perspective.

    As you explore the gardens, you also discover the surrounding Grasse landscape of cypress and hills rolling down to the sea. Each terrace has its own botanic curiosities, like the metasequoia glyptostroboides, white and yellow “Banks’” roses stretching up to the army of cypress, mimosa species with staggered blooming seasons, the Distictis buccinatoris, with its exuberant vegetation that surrounds the villa with red tubular flowers, juniper and myrtle pruned into cloud shapes, the pittosporum topiary and box hedges. The garden is in a state of ceaseless evolution with the introduction of new Mediterranean or exotic species and the spontaneous seeding of annuals. It is also a fragrant place, where old-fashioned roses are as sweet as they were in yesteryear, alongside mimosa, datura, marigolds, edichiums, sage, pelargoniums, and more.

    Here at Fort France, the word “biodiversity” has true meaning. We do not use chemicals and that has allowed for a flora-fauna equilibrium that respects nature’s rhyme and rhythm, making the garden home to many birds, amphibians, lizards, and other life forms.

    Today in the hands of painter Valérie de Courcel, it is a permanent source of inspiration for her works.
    In return, she brings all her artistic sensitivity to the garden by her constant search for harmony in the colors and shapes, and the plants’ integration into their environment. An ever-renewing creativity, allied with the ever-surprising creativity of nature, gives the Fort France garden remarkable originality.
Services
  • Accessibility

    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
  • Activities

    • Temporary exhibition
  • Equipment

    • Parking
Rates

Payment methods

  • Cheque
  • Cash
  • From April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021
  • Adult
    10 €
  • Group adults
    12 €
Openings

Openings

  • From April 1, 2021 until June 30, 2021
    Opened Everyday
    * Sur réservation.