The artist with a passion for gardening Claude Monet, the renowned La Belle Époque actress Madame Thébault decided to create a garden, planting the first tree in 1903. A local landscape gardener named Auguste Lecanu helped Madame Thébault to make her dream garden a reality. However, it is to Monet that the garden owes its ambient qualities, which have been carefully preserved until the present day.
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Jardin Avatar is situated at the entrance to Les Jardins d'Étretat. Avatar was the Sanskrit title of the guardian of the Universe, who permeated it with his divine presence. Jardin Avatar is a gateway that leads visitors beyond the bounds of reality, into the magical realm of surrealism. There even trees make their music. Strikingly trimmed plants beckon the visitor to step into a fairytale where anyone can find a path to their own Avatar.Explorez le jardin
The Jardin Émotions was modelled after the first French oyster farm, which was owned by Queen Marie Antoinette, and lies at the foot of Les Jardin d'Étretat in the waters of the English Channel. The vision of the ocean floor became the main inspiration for this garden. The trimmed plants echo the landscapes of the underwater world and the oysters’ habitat. It is also home to a set of expressively sculpted faces. The sculptures capture the entire range of emotions and symbolise the various “moods“ of the ocean and its inhabitants.Explorez le jardin
Jardin Impressions is the heart of Les Jardins d’Étretat. The garden opens up on the iconic historical panorama of the ocean and the cliffs of Étretat, which have inspired many great artists. Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Eugène Delacroix, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Vasily Polenov – all came here to paint. The topiary compositions embody the tides and ebbs of the English Channel, enhancing the effect of being immersed under water.Explorez le jardin
Jardin d’Aval is a meeting and resting point for the garden’s visitors. The tale of Alice in Wonderland inspired it. The garden is magically surrounded by fanciful plants and numerous yew arches symbolising the famous Aval cliff of Étretat. Jardin d’Aval boasts a rich collection of orchids, their blooming flowers enhancing the garden's air of surrealism with their unusual colours and shapes.Explorez le jardin
Jardin Zen embodies a harmonious coexistence of man and nature. Only plants with white blossoms grow here, instilling into the viewer a sense of virginal purity and the unity with nature. The garden features an audio installation, the purpose of which is to awaken the forces of good and to allow visitors to discover new ways of seeing their surroundings through art.Explorez le jardin
This garden is situated at the centre of Les Jardins d'Étretat. It is composed of mazes made of large-scale trimmed plants, evocative of the troubled waves of the ocean. The silvery colour of the leaves in the plant compositions resembles the sea foam on the crests of the waves crashing against the cliffs of Étretat in a storm. Jardin La Manche is renowned for its ability to inspire vivid emotions in visitors. When falling into the vortex of the raging element, one wishes to escape from it and to “stay alive.”Explorez le jardin
Jardin d'Amont towers majestically over Les Jardins d'Étretat. The plants morph into cliffs and merge with the line of the horizon. They imitate the rocky layers of the White Cliffs of Normandy’s Alabaster Coast and astonish with their mathematical precision and geometric synchronicity. The terrace of Jardin d’Amont is the highest vantage point of Les Jardins d'Étretat, overlooking the gardens and the enchanting scenery of Étretat.Explorez le jardin
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