Jardin Cistus

Stroll through lush, green oases

If you love the atmosphere diffused by the "Green Venice", then you'll probably adore unwinding in a natural scenescape. Here are four parks and gardens I advise you to visit north of the Marais Poitevin, from Thouars to Parthenay with a stop-off in Bressuire.

Jardin Férolle, a trip back to the Middle Ages

Jardin Férolle à Parthenay

Jardin Férolle, perched high up on the hills of Parthenay, was laid out in 2011 on the model of medieval gardens: central water point, gravelled paths, chestnut-wood separators, etc. It offers a wonderful vista over the town and was designed around four levels: the kitchen garden, the flower meadow, the herb garden, comprising medicinal plants, and the orchard.

🌼 Jardin Férolle, Parthenay Tél. 05 49 64 24 24

Parc Imbert, terraces in the centre of town

Parc Imbert Thouars

It was once a private garden belonging to the Imbert family, now transformed into a public park by the municipality of Thouars. This 3-hectare oasis of greenery, boasting a wide array of horticultural flowers, is set out in terraces. It's located right in the centre of town and is surrounded by some of the medieval fortifications.

🌼 Parc Imbert, Thouras
Tél. 05 49 66 00 62

Jardin de Riparfonds, Renaissance influence

Jardin de Riparfonds Bressuire

Those who choose to stay in the neighbouring guesthouse often mix up the address. And end up visiting this magnificent Renaissance-inspired garden, beside Bressuire. Pascal Paineau, its passionate owner, will be delighted to reveal the history of this place to you, divided into a landscaped, pleasure garden and a food garden.

🌼 Jardin de Riparfonds, Bressuire
Tél. 05 49 74 39 71 and 06 70 58 39 98

Jardin de Cistus, inspired by world-renowned experts

jardin de Cistus

Dominique Ethioux, the owner, transformed a 1-hectare prairie into an amazing garden. This self-taught man drew his inspiration from the greatest nursery specialists, in particular Princess Sturdza, renowned throughout the professional world. This green haven, nestling in the Vallée d'Argenton, combines foliage, decorative bark and flowers.

🌼 Jardin de Cistus, Argenton-les-Vallées
Tél. 05 49 80 67 12

A TIP FROM A CONNOISSEUR

To continue to take advantage of natural surroundings, head off on the greenway, a track far from the hustle and bustle of traffic that extends along the old railway lines. Some sections begin, for example, in Bressuire.
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Picnic area - Vergné

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Picnic area - Saint-Séverin-sur-Boutonne

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Guided tour

Discover the mule breeds of Poitou. The highlight of the visit: entering the meadows to approach and stroke the donkeys and their young.
Enter the world of the Baudets, approach and caress the donkeys (and even the donkeys, depending on the season) and take advantage of the explanations of your passionate guide to better understand the programme.

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Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou

Come and discover this site of Echappées Nature, meet its donkeys and their cousins (Poitevin draft horses and Poitevin mules) from their first steps to their various uses (pack-saddle, traction, harnessing). Spend an unforgettable day with us !
A bucolic place, on the edge of the forest and a stone's throw from the charming village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, this site of Les Echappées Nature plunges you into the world of a typical Saintonge farm and offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Baudet du Poitou, the oldest breed of donkey in France. A historic site for the preservation of this emblematic animal, the Asinerie offers fun and educational activities, free and guided visits, walks with a donkey, carriage rides... all at your own pace, in a natural and protected area of 55 hectares. Don't forget to book your activity !

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