L'Ancien Monastère Botanical Garden
A botanical garden within the Ancient Monastery of Sainte Croix walled park with more than 200 species of plants (lavenders, thyme...)
The study of plants is part and parcel of the history of the Monastery : settled from the 12th to the 17th Century, monks from the order of Saint-Antoine were renown for their use of plants for medicinal use. They were also famous for their work on what was then called 'the fire of Saint-Antoine': a type of poisoning due to the ergot fungi on rye crops.
Echoing the history of the site, the ethno-botanical garden highlights the relationships between humans and plants in its historic, ethnological and botanical dimensions.
It is free to visit the botanical garden in which plant beds are organised according to various classifications:
Botanical, by family: apiaceae, asteraceae, lamiaceae, papaveraceae
Rosaceae, by genus: sage, lavender, thyme, mints, artemisia
Ethnographical: showing local traditional use
Dietary: edible vegetable, condiments, small fruits, cereals
Medicinal: purgative, healing, calming, for the respiratory system, gynecological
The garden is maintained by the Monastery Team, Lise-May Viment, the appointed garden, Woofers and volunteers from the valley.
Don't hesitate to ask for an exhibition guide at the Monastery's reception desk.
The garden is watered with rainwater.
Guided visits led by Lise-May Viment; please call 06 71 83 98 14
From 01/01 to 31/12, daily.
Open every day (free access)
Group guided visite on request from May to September.
Guided tours organised for the festival 'Rendez-vous aux jardins' in June.
Visits and workshops organised for the "Rendez-vous aux jardins Festival", in June.
- Car park
- Sustainable development
- Entertainments room
- Private parking
- Unguided group tours
- Sales on site
- Tourist brochures
- Tourist information
- Tour free of charge
- Unguided individual tours
- Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance