Serre de la Madone

Serre de la Madone, Menton: Address, Phone Number, Serre de la Madone Reviews: 4/5

Serre de la Madone
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hillsider
London, UK129 contributions
Serre de la Madone Garden is a must for all garden lovers visiting the south of France. Lawrence Johnston of Hidcote fame created this beautiful garden and you need to wander round in the sunshine and imagine yourself in the heyday of the French Riveria when socialites, writers and painters lived the high life. We missed the waterfall of amyryllis which cascades down a bank so will definitely be making a return visit.
Written August 12, 2008
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Carol N
Solihull, UK18 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
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 garden designed by Lawrence Johnston (of NT's Hidcote fame) but not in the same well-cared-for condition as the latter. A delight even so, and a lovely house at the top end with good views of the surrounding countryside. We were sorry to find that the website-advertised café is no longer operating, but not surprised in view of the few visitors on the morning we were there. But the lady running the shop and selling admission tickets was delightful, even offering to make us a cup of tea. Well worth the jaunt if you like gardens.
Written September 24, 2013
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Edward K
London85 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
When I arrived the skies opened. The friendly staff in the shop said 'only the English would come to visit on a day like this' and later made me a coffee. They also lent me an umbrella and warned me to be careful on the slippery steps. They were. It rained so hard that I eventually sat inside the largely empty house, and read a biography of Emmanuel Macron. I'm not sure that visiting gardens is his cup of tea. Some thoughts: It's great that this garden is finally getting the attention it deserves (and it needs much more). The history of mediterranean gardens seems to involve a number of fascinating characters; how they knew each other, and how local nurserymen responded to their demands could make a fascinating story (unless it has been told already?) Don't expect a Hidcote experience with cream teas. But do go and visit if you are interested in garden history. Wear stout footwear.
Written September 9, 2017
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Alekto
Edinburgh, UK129 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
This is one of my favourite gardens. It was originally created between 1924–1939 by Lawrence Johnston, who also created the Hidcote Manor Garden in England. It's divided into garden 'rooms' by numerous hedges and terraces with stone steps and pathways. It's full of semi-tropical exotic plants and it's a joy just to wander around randomly, enjoying the exuberant colour schemes.
It's easy to reach from Menton by the no. 7 bus, but check the timetables. They don't run very frequently.
There is no food available in the gardens. It's possible by buy a cup of tea or coffee, or obtain a glass of water, but that's all. If you're planning to make a day of it, take a picnic.
Written March 8, 2017
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Adamthegardener
Crawfordsburn, UK426 contributions
Feb 2017 • Business
As a Gardens tour manager who have visited the Riviera on many occasions the was the first time to visit Serre de la Madone. The gardens are an absolute treasure and should be high on the wish list of any serious gardener or garden lover. The entrance is on a busy, narrow hill road. Not easy for parking or for arriving by coach. However there is a public bus service from the nearby Menton. Lots of steps will mean it is not an easy garden for the less able! There is a cute little shop and wash room. No Cafe!
I had a group of 25 people and ALL loved the visit. I will return with another group soon!
Written March 1, 2017
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Ian
Nice, France44 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were somewhat underwhelmed by the garden. Other than for the association to Hidcott (see other reviews) I am not sure you would come here just for the garden (yet). I think after the death of the illustrious original owner the house and garden fell into disrepair. It also seems that there were mudslides too which did quite a lot of damage. Menton and the various garden supporters have done a great job in restoring the house and garden infrastructure (drainage, paths etc) but the garden itself seems fairly overgrown and unkempt. There seemed relatively few named plants or trees and there didn't seem a lot to see in particular. I think the garden is still a work in progress.
The lady in the entrance gate/shop was extremely friendly and helpful.
Written August 13, 2018
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Barry C
Titusville, PA295 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This garden is not particularly well maintained and finding your way arround is rather confusing. Compared to Jardin du Val Rahmeh it was a great disappointment.
Written June 10, 2018
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Specsavers2
Northern Ireland, UK112 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
The historical context is the reason to visit this garden designed by Lawrence Johnston, who also designed Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire. The variety of trees and plants collection is outstanding. Not an easy garden to traverse, with many steps (which makes it impractical for wheelchair bound people, or those with limited mobility) but well worth the effort for the able bodied.
Toilets and limited hot drinks available in the shop. Friendly and very helpful staff.
Written March 10, 2017
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Steve W
Menton, France514 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
After taking the Zest bus #7 from Menton towards a Gorbio (1.50€) I was pleasantly surprised by the Serre de la Madone gardens. It's approximately 15 acres and filled with many rare and unusual flowers. There is Italian sculptures, an orangery, kiosks, and water features. For flower lovers this garden is well worth the bus ride.
Written October 5, 2016
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Moni J
Bucharest, Romania124 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
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 !
Written August 10, 2012
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