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The romantic gardens at Courson are the result of some France’s greatest landscape designers, particularly Louis-Martin Berthault, gardener to Empress Joséphine, wife of Napoleon, and the Bühler brothers, creators of the municipal gardens in Rennes, Lyon and Bordeaux under the Second Empire. In the 20th century, several renowned landscape designers left their mark on the gardens : Ernest de Caraman, an active owner of the estate, influenced by William Robinson and Gertrud Jekyll, and more recently Louis Benech, as well as Timothy Vaughan, an English landscape designer.

A romantic English-style garden, the grounds at Courson offer splendid vantage points to walkers exploring its numerous pathways. Almost 3,000 recently-planted trees and shrubs grow alongside clusters of one-hundred-year-old trees, offering magnificent picturesque views that change with each season.
Admire a blaze of color in the spring, when the camellias, prunus, magnolias, peonies, lilacs and azaleas are in bloom. In the summer, enjoy the lushness of hydrangeas and the heady scent of the roses that blossom in the shade of centenary trees. Pause a moment to admire the Château reflected in the glittering waters of the lake. In the autumn, the scene is transformed when the collections of century-old oaks, maple trees, liquidambars, beeches and dogwoods gently wave their brown, red and golden leaves against clear blue skies.
Awarded the “Jardin Remarquable” (Remarkable Garden) Label in 2004 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the gardens at Courson are guaranteed to impress visitors.

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