In the 19thC botanists, notably English, created a garden of exception in Menton. Benefiting from a micro-climate, they introduced tropical species which have acclimatised magnificently.
A tour of the Gardens of Exception organised by the heritage service of Menton allows the public to discover them. www.menton.fr
Public Gardens in Menton:
Le Jardin de Maria Serena – Le Jardin de la Serre de la Madone – Le jardin des Romanciers, Fontana Rosa – Jardin Botanique du Val Rahmeh – Palais Carnolès –
Open days are held in these gardens during the month of June.
Mediterranean Garden days are held in September.
In Grasse, world perfume capital, visit the following private gardens.
The Charles de Noailles Garden
The garden of the Villa Fort.
Villa Bouscarella at Chateauneuf de Grasse
The Botanical Garden of Eze, situated at the very top of Eze Village (not to be mistaken with Eze Beach-side). Magnificent views matched with spectacular gardens with two metre high cacti. www.eze-riviera.com
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is surrounded by 9 gardens of ornate patios, fountains, lakes, flower beds and shaded paths of rare scented trees. www.villa-ephrussi.com