Reset Password

Great Travel Insights And great places to stay
Your search results

A Garden In Coutances With A Difference

Published on July 14, 2019 by Chris Robinson

The public garden in Coutances is just that little bit different. It's one of Normandy's oldest public gardens having been created in 1855. It's also a mix of French and English styles. What really sets it apart from other gardens is the mosaiculture style used in the planting. This horticultural art creates topiary-like structures using bedding plants on wire frames.

Coutances garden

 

The theme changes a few times each year and new works of art are created. The current theme is French expressions.

Coutances garden

There are two panels showing the French expressions represented in the garden in Coutances.

Garden in Coutances

There are a couple of expressions relating to fruit. The middle one in the photo above shows a pear being cut in half. The French expression is 'couper la poire en deux'. The English translation is to split the difference.

 

'Avoir la banane' means to be smiling.

Coutances garden

 

The centrepiece is a peacock. This represent the phrase as proud as a peacock.

Garden in Coutances

 

My personal favourite is the expression 'while the cat's away, the mice will play'. Although in French they dance.

Garden in Coutances

So, for some great fun improving your French do pay a visit to the garden in Coutances. During July and August it's open until 11pm at night and is lit up so you can enjoy the floral displays.

Jardin des plantes Coutances Jardin des plantes Coutances

The garden is right in the centre of town not far from the cathedral. This is the view from the main gate.

Coutances

Meet The Author
Until 2014 I worked in central London as a marketeer for a membership organization. Years of watching property renovation programmes on TV sparked a dream to do this in France having studied French and worked there previously. I left my job and completed the sale of my house on the same day (a stroke of luck rather than good planning) and headed off to Normandy. I undertook a barn renovation project managing the artisans’ workload. The result is a 3 bedroom gite which I now market all year providing me with endless opportunities to increase my skills and knowledge.
My Property
no thumb
3 bed Gite near Gavray, Normandy
Home » A Garden In Coutances With A Difference
From €70 per night
Articles Nearby
An Abbey Church in Caen
An Abbey Church in Caen
The abbey church of Saint-Étienne is part of the Abbaye aux Hommes (the Men's Abbey). The abbey is a former Benedictine monastery in Caen in Normandy and dedicated to Saint Stephen. It was founded in 1063 by William the Conqueror ...
Aug 24, 2019 , 0
The Wave Bristol - Opening November 2019 | Book Now
The Wave Bristol - Opening November 2019 | Book No...
From today the much-anticipated opening day of The Wave, Bristol, is available to book.  The first sessions for the general public start on 18th November 2019 and you can book them now.  The Wave is an inland surf destination that ...
Aug 21, 2019 , 0
Somerset Art Weeks Festival    21 Sep - 6 Oct  2019
Somerset Art Weeks Festival 21 Sep - 6 Oct 201...
This autumn it’s all about another very special festival in Somerset. From 21 September to 6 October the annual and ever popular Somerset Arts Weeks Festival returns, transforming the county into a showcase of creativity and innovation. This year marks ...
Aug 16, 2019 , 0
Visiting a Brocante or Flea Market
Visiting a Brocante or Flea Market
Visiting a Brocante or Flea Market can be the hi-light of any trip to Le Touquet and the Pas de Calais area. The street markets are great places to pick up a bargain or find that rare collectable. Visiting a ...
Jul 27, 2019 , 0
Places to Stay
no thumb
3 bed Gite near Gavray, Normandy
Home » A Garden In Coutances With A Difference
From €70 per night
no thumb
Ferme de l’Eglise
Home » A Garden In Coutances With A Difference
From €125 per night
no thumb
Band of Brothers House
Home » A Garden In Coutances With A Difference
From €135 per night
no thumb
Tor Royal Farm
Home » A Garden In Coutances With A Difference
From £45 per night
no thumb
Beanacre Barn
Home » A Garden In Coutances With A Difference
From £80 per night