The Exotic Ambiance of the Serre de la Madone Garden

Located in the heart of Menton, a town in southeast France with the lemon as its symbol, the Serre de la Madone garden is renowned for its rich variety of plants. Now listed as a historic monument and completely restored, this magical place is a must-see.
By Justine Fiordelli

Created in 1924 by Lawrence Johnston, an American passionate about botany and architecture and famous notably for having designed Hidcote Manor in England, the Serre de la Madone is today one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Alpes-Maritimes region, and belongs to the Conservatoire du Littoral, or French coastal protection agency. Exotic, it is a little corner of paradise; the stuff of dreams for lovers of rare exotic plants due to the incredible variety of flora spread over seven acres of land.

Between fountains, ponds, statues, pergolas, plants from all over the world and grand staircases, the charm of the place is not slow to take effect. It provides a setting that gives one the impression of being in another world, where peace and pleasure are the watchwords. On site, about twenty spaces called “green rooms” are landscaped and available to visit: the gardener’s path, the orange grove, the court of honor, the hothouse, the mandarin courtyard or the Augustus Caesar alley... The site is vast and has many treasures to discover without delay!

Garden Greenhouse Madonna
74 Route Gorbio
Tel: 04 93 57 73 90
www.serredelamadone.com
The Exotic Ambiance of the Serre de la Madone Garden
Serre de la Madone Garden in Menton
A heavenly place
Photography José Nicolas
The Exotic Ambiance of the Serre de la Madone Garden
Serre de la Madone Garden in Menton
An exceptional exotic ambiance
Photography José Nicolas
The Exotic Ambiance of the Serre de la Madone Garden
Serre de la Madone Garden
Greenhouse
Photography José Nicolas

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