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Botanical Garden of Cap’Antibes and other spring’s curiosities

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buds are bloming, temperatures are warmer, birds are singing, no doubt, spring is about to bloom here! Do you dream of discovering colors other than the  Cote d´Azur’s blue palette? Feel the wet grass under your toes? Smell the roses’ scent? It is here, just next to La Jabotte that the novelist George Sand spoke of one of the botanical treasures of Cap d’Antibes, Villa Thuret ‘s garden. If she qualified it as “the most beautiful garden she had seen in her life” in her novel “Letters of a Traveler” in 1868, we are very hesitant with the gardens of the Villa Eilen ROC …

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Villa Thuret’ s Botanical Garden

Created in 1857 by the botanist Gustave Thuret, the Botanical Garden of the Villa Thuret is a research site dedicated to the acclimatization of exotic plants in collaboration with the Paris museum.

Research work which contributed to the development of Mediterranean horticulture. Labeled “Remarkable Garden” in 2007 and “Remarkable Tree” in 2015, this botanical garden in Cap d’Antibes covers more than 3 hectares that you can walk to discover this exceptional arboretum.

Peregrination through a forest studded with rare and tropical species, the botanical garden of Villa Thuret is an invitation to travel and promises a world tour of trees thanks to its collections of plants from 380 major regions of the world.More than 2,500 trees and shrubs flourish in the heart of this botanical garden in Cap d’Antibes. They represent more than a thousand species, 150 botanical families and 450 genera.So as not to spend all spring there, we will not list them all to you, but you can discover plants that adapt perfectly to the Mediterranean mildness such as the Napoleon Pine and its colored bark, a giant Eucalyptus, arbutus, palm trees. , or even oaks.Free entry every day of the week except Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

The botanical garden of Villa Thuret – 90 Chemin Gustave Raymond, 06160 Antibes

To find out more, download the brochure here (in french only)

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 The Villa Eilen Roc’s Gardens

Overlooking the sea and offering an idyllic landscape on the bay of Cap d’Antibes, the lush gardens of the villa Eilen Roc offer multiple scents in spring, thanks in particular to its rose garden and its small garden of aromatic plants.The Villa Eilen Roc: the opening of the gardens to the public as a heritageBuilt in 1867, the Eilen Roc villa is one of the exceptional villas that dot the Cap d’Antibes.

This property, initially a scrubland, became a remarkable garden thanks to the impetus of Mrs Beaumont, the wife of a wealthy American businessman, who in 1927 entrusted the restructuring of the 11 hectares park to the landscape architect, Jacques Greber.

In the 1980s, Mrs Beaumont bequeathed the Villa Eilen Roc to the town of Antibes under certain conditions, including that the gardens be open to the public.This magical place is often chosen by the greatest film directors to shoot unforgettable scenes, such as Woody Allen and his film “Magic in the Moonlight”, starring in particular Emma Stone and Colin Firth in 2014.

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Rose garden, olive grove and Eco-museum

In addition to traditional Mediterranean species such as cypress, maritime pines, lavender, holm oaks or ficus and rosemary, more than 1000 rose plants are cultivated in the Rose Garden, some prestigious varieties of which pay homage to personalities of the 7th art. or crowned heads like Catherine Deneuve, Princess of Monaco or Phillippe Noiret.

As a preamble to this floral carpet, a garden of scents has also been created as well as an olive grove of 50 olive trees.

To better soak up the place, an Eco museum has been installed in a house dating from the 1920s where the 4 rooms are dedicated to olive cultivation in the Antibes region and life on the EilenRoc property in the 1930s.

Villa Eilen Roc – 460, avenue L.D. Beaumont, 06160 Juan-Les-Pins

Opening hours of the gardens

Every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Entrance 2 €.

Free for children under 12

 La “Pinède” in Antibes

Ephemeral gardens in the competition for the 2021 garden festival

To celebrate this half-season on the Côte d´Azur, in April, the 3rd edition of the garden festival will take place and will highlight the most beautiful Azurean gardens. Among them, in Antibes, more exactly in Juan Les Pins, the Pinède will be the scene of these ephemeral gardens which compete for the election of the most beautiful garden with the theme “Artists’ gardens” as well as 2 standout landscape creations.

To discover from April 3 to 28, 2021.

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