One of the most beautiful floral parks in France: the Jardins des Martels and visit to a ceramic center in the Tarn

Giroussens
One of the most beaut ...

If I offer you a stroll in the shade of Japanese maple trees , in the middle of a plant world filled with colorful beds and all this along a lotus river , would you like it?

In the Tarn , 20 minutes from Toulouse, spend a day at Giroussen s!

A garden to escape and dream

As soon as you arrive at the Jardins des Martels, you will quickly understand why it has been ranked among the most beautiful in France . In a visit to this 35,000 m2 floral park , you will have traveled the world to discover more than 2,500 varieties of plants and flowers .

martels garden

Stroll among the colorful massifs

An arrowed course awaits you so as not to miss anything, let yourself be guided!
You will discover an exotic and aquatic greenhouse , a gazebo , a banana plantation and a mini farm that will delight young and old .

martels garden

The mini farm, a joy for children

martels garden

The exotic and aquatic greenhouse

Advance from surprise to surprise

You will love getting lost in the bamboo maze , taking yourself for an adventurer by discovering the Lotus Temple or climbing one by one the steps that lead to the Balinese Jogglo !

martels garden

Getting lost in the bamboo maze

martels garden

The total change of scenery at the Lotus Temple

Japanese steps will give you this unique feeling of walking on water , it's fabulous!

Japanese steps allow you to walk on water!

There is something for all tastes and all ages . The course is accessible for strollers but plan a few passages in the grass, the circuit is shaded and many benches are at your disposal to rest and admire the different massifs and bodies of water.

martels garden

Many benches to rest and admire ...

There is a refreshment bar on site and a picnic area . I was about to forget... ! our friends dogs are accepted on a leash .

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You can discover these gardens all year round with a new painting every season

From May to August : Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (including holidays)

In April and September : Monday to Sunday from 1.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

From 1 to 17 October: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

From October 20 to October 26 inclusive : Daily from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The entry fee is 8.50 to 9.50 euros and for children is between 4.50 and 5.50 euros depending on the season.

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Having lunch at John's

In summer , it is advisable to visit the garden in the morning , and to keep visiting the ceramic center for the afternoon . But to make the day perfect, you can book with your eyes closed, "Chez John" 465 route de Gaillac, 81500 Ambres ( 05 63 57 64 85 ). This restaurant is a 5-minute drive from the gardens. You will then be able to taste the cuisine of an English chef who reinterprets local products with finesse. You will find a quality welcome with very good value for money . The daily menu price ranges from € 18 (weekdays) to € 32.

At John

The cuisine of "Chez John", a feast for the eyes and the taste buds!

"Chez John", fine cuisine

Visit to a Ceramics center in Giroussens

 

Which one do I choose?


To end your day in style in this section The mini farm , you can go to the ceramic center of Giroussens , which is a place dedicated to contemporary ceramic art . There you will find two exhibition rooms, a shop and a bookstore area.

The mini farm

Access to the shop is free , however allow 3 € to access the 2 exhibition rooms.

The store is closed from January to mid-February, as well as for the Ascension, Christmas and New Years Day.

In July / August , the shop is open every day and from September to June , closed on Monday.

The opening hours are : 10h00-12H00 and 14H00-18h00.

Good visit !


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Article written by Fannie Lefever for the Tarn Aveyron Guide


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