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Gardens cote azur fr

The gardens of the Côte d’Azur have significantly contributed to the area’s reputation as a top tourist destination and today harbour an exceptional wealth of botanical heritage. As the playground of the 19th-century aristocracy, botanical enthusiasts wintering in the area had plenty of time on their hands to acclimate many of the species they brought back from their travels to the Mediterranean environment, creating extraordinary gardens in the process. These include botanical gardens, acclimatisation gardens, conservatories of fragrant plants for perfumes and flower gardens. These sites can be found both on the coast and in the mountains, and several have earned the label of Jardins Remarquables.


The first Côte d’Azur Garden Festival will take place between 1 April and 1 May 2017 with the theme ‘Awaken your senses’. Participants will create 200m² temporary gardens in several town centres: Cannes – the Villa Rothschild gardens; Menton – the Biovès gardens; Grasse – the Honoré Cresp Esplanade; Nice – the Albert I gardens on the Promenade du Paillon; and Antibes – the Pinède Gould in Juan-les-Pins. The festival will unite the whole coastline in celebration of its rich and remarkable botanical heritage, with a diverse programme of activities, conferences, exhibits, open houses and guided tours. Visitors will be able to meet growers and horticulturists, many of whom are working towards nomination for UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ lists for perfume expertise in the Grasse area. The gardens will also be celebrated through cuisine, with many related festivities scheduled on the Côte d’Azur throughout the year.


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