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The Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac

Sheri at Marqueyssac in France

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. ― Audrey Hepburn

Many must have had the dream of tomorrow to create such a garden as Les Jardins Suspends de Marqueyssac. The Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac are a wonder to see. This magnificent sculpture of green is my dream garden and my favorite of any I have seen in the world.

Marqueyssac Details

How many hands did it take to curate such a space of living and growing wonder over the decades? The garden is edged with 150,000 boxwoods over 100 years old. It’s a thing of beauty.  Every turn, every plant, every bench has been placed or shaped with care.

Garden Landscape of Marqueyssac

There is so much thought behind the garden from its hand pruned boxwoods to hedges trimmed around tree trunks. Let’s not forget its outdoor cafe set high atop a cliff with misters lightly sprinkling away the heat of the day and peacocks strutting past a remarkable view. Even the vending machines were covered in wood to blend in with the surroundings!

Cafe Photo
Vending machine at Marqueyssac

There were long paths of repeating arches, numerous water features, tree houses, hammocks, play areas, a labyrinth and more. I was delighted around every turn. It was also a sanctuary from the late summer sun as most of it is shaded.

L'alle des arches at Marqueyssac
Sheri standing on path at Marqueyssac
Tree House at Marqueyssac

I was in awe, like a child, giddy with excitement when we first arrived. We were one of the first people to enter and I swept up the path to the magical topiary display I had in my mind for years before coming. The bastion is the show stopper of the garden just south of the chateau. Beautiful mounds of green, perfectly trimmed by hand, swirl and twist around a slope over the valley. Long lines swoop through the space in an almost paisley pattern throughout. The balls of foliage seem more alive in their manicured form hugging each shape next to them with curves of perfection.

The Bastion Garden
Walking in Marqueyssac
Topiary at Marqueyssac

The early 19th century chateau rests at its base, a beautiful structure to explore with a tower and views of the Dordogne Valley. The entire garden sits high atop cliffs and a walk to the other end leads to the Belvedere, 130 meters above the river below. This spot is another highlight of the garden as it gives one of the most beautiful views of Perigord. We stood at this lookout taking in the views of the whole countryside and smiling at the tiny town of La Roque-Gageac below. We had canoed the same river the day before and stopped at this romantic town for lunch. Now it was seen in miniature form from the garden platform high above.

Chateau at Marqueyssac
La Roque-Gageac

We wandered for hours down mossy paths, past zen-like patterns in the earth, next to stone huts, and spread out on hammocks in the shade. The garden was larger than I had imagined and had something for everyone to enjoy. Coming full circle and arriving back at the chateau, we finished our visit with a light lunch at the Tea-Room. Like every other meal we had in France, the food was excellent. Gazing out over castles and the gorgeous french countryside below made the moment extra special.

Stone Hut at Marqueyssac
Peacock at Marqueyssac
Lunch at the Tea Room at Marqueyssac

If you are ever visiting southern France, make a trip to this special place a priority on your journey. It’s sure to delight the senses and soothe your soul. A garden is the perfect place to connect with the land around you. Let your heart plant roots in France by falling in love with the Les Jardins Suspends de Marqueyssac.

Marqueyssac
Boxwood Chaos at Marqueyssac
Water Feature at Marqueyssac
Mossy tree at Marqueyssac
Tree walk at Marqueyssac
Bench at Marqueyssac
Topiary
Naples Cyclamen at Marqueyssac
Valley view at Marqueyssac
Marqueyssac Map
The Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac

Helpful Information:
The gardens are open every day of the year. Hours vary with the changing seasons. Parking is free and in the shade. Admission is 9.90 euros for an individual visit. They also offer a candlelight viewing in the evening for 16 euros. For more information visit here.





2 Comments

  1. Leo Kennedy says

    Thanks Sheri for choosing the perfect time for a beautiful walk in an amazing garden; a vision of summer in the depths of winter. That tree house looks like a dream. Could you go up, into it?
    Thanks for showing another side of France in these days of saturation ‘yellow-vest’ coverage. If only my French was a bit better I would think about going to live there.
    Do you ever miss Europe? Or is it too paradise-like stateside?

    • I don’t know how I missed this comment but thank you for it. I do miss Europe and want to go back again soon! I do live in a little slice of paradise here, except for on days like today when we have a blizzard in April! We were all looking at the real estate books fantasizing about moving to France when we were there. I’m thinking of a spring trip to visit Monet’s gardens when all the tulips are in bloom. Thanks again.

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