MANDELIEU-LA NAPOULE AND THE MIMOSA, A BOTANIST’S STORY
The Nabonnand family, famous in the horticultural world, laid down its hat in Golfe-Juan in the 19th century to enjoy their passion for roses. Budding botanists, in 1860 the family imported an acacia from Australia that proved to be a surprising success the following winter! Its thousands of golden buds won over the famous winter visitors, such as Lord Brougham, the Marquis de Morés, etc. Consequently, the Nabonnands were employed to decorate their majestic properties.
After a spectacular acclimation and the conquest of the neighbouring hills as wild stock, the Nabonnand sons very quickly realized the potential of this tree. They decided to increase the mimosa varieties and, to this end, Clément Nabonnand settled in Mandelieu-La Napoule.
The town is ideally located between the Siagne and the Mediterranean, at the foot of the massif de l’Estéreland Tanneron mountain range. This position and the Mediterranean climate allows the mimosa to grow abundantly every winter and cover all the surrounding hills in yellow. Thus Mandelieu-La Napoule’s reputation as the Mimosa Capital grows year on year.