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Serre de la Madone - CLOSED

74 route de Gorbio, 06500 Menton, France
33 04 9357 7390
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A visit to this garden is not because it is a pretty garden but because of its historical context of having been created by Lawrence Johnston who created Hidcote. After having been seriously neglected over many years it is now being restored and is a pleasure for its interesting and challenging layout and vast array of rare plants collected from... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1,325 reviews 1,325 reviews
932 attraction reviews
1,355 helpful votes 1,355 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

If you are familiar with Cotswold garden style,then you are in for a very pleasurable treat. Your calves will get a work-out as the lay-out is terraced,but your interest will be the cornucopia of colour and to some degree,mystery. Its a graceful and contemplative garden with a much needed toilet facility. Guess who didn't take the opportunity near the train... More

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Swindon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is a must for all fans of Hidcote Gardens in England's Cotswolds - with whish it is twinned. It too was created by Major Lawrence Johnston and it is very beautiful. It doesn't have the National Trust management though but equally it doesn't have the crowds of people. It is rather unkempt and untidy but is obviously still well-loved... More

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Cheshire
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Visited the lovely gardens today and were quite taken by the peace and tranquility. They are not highly manicured but are quite charming and a joy to be in. Not easy to get round if you are infirm as they are terraced. Lovely, helpful lady in the well stocked gift shop who used to be at Kew Gardens! Not a... More

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London
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Very beautiful terraced gardens with amazing variety of plants and vistas. Secret places for resting a tranquil hour with a book or a close friend. A little wild and relaxed in the mild autumn air. A beautiful shop with a lovely, helpful lady assistant. Tables and parasols outside the shop. But, why oh why no teashop? We were gasping and... More

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Chipping Campden, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Easily accessed by a 12 minute ride on the No. 7 bus from the bus station in Menton at a cost of 1.2 Euros (1.5 Euros if you buy your ticket on the bus). Garden is on a hillside and thus has lots of terraces and steps so you need to be fairly agile to cope with the terrain. Interesting... More

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East Moriches, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

This garden is absolutely magical. You can see how Johnston used the existing landscape and added structure and of course the rare plants he so coveted. The garden has been restored, but it's not Hidcote, which is manicured to a fare-the-well. This is a more light-handed restoration but the spirit of the garden shines through. It is steep and can... More

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Slightly unkempt, but the rising terraces are full of interest. A pity that not all the interesting plant species are labelled.

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Bucharest, Romania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

If you really wanna see the whole pallet of the wonderful species present on the French and Italian Riviera, you definitely would wanna see this bothanical garden, it's absolutely amazing. It's a mixture of mediterranean and tropical species. Enjoy !

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Birmingham, UK
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77 reviews 77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Probably of most interest to British people fond of Hidcote. Very interesting to compare the two, although Serre la Madone is very much a restoration still in progress. Steep and uneven paths.

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