Visit: Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, Rue Du Chateau, 06360 Eze France
Today the south facing side of the garden features numerous species of succulent plants and xerophytes from all the continents. The north face, with its caves and cascade, shelters plants from the Mediterranean as well as plants from other humid regions. The garden pathways are dotted with information about Eze’s artistic and historical heritage, giving the visitor a real feel for the past of this exceptional site.
Eze’s Exotic Garden has received 2 awards; the “Prix Spécial Régional du Fleurissement” and the label “Jardin Remarquable
The history of the Garden
After the Second World War dozens of men carry large bags of soil and plants on their backs up to the ruins of the castle and its sparse remaining walls. This is where André Gianton, the Maire of the time with the help of Jean Gastaud, father of the Exotic Garden in Monaco, decided to create an exotic garden. The site is well protected from the north winds by the Revère Plateau and the declivity of the rocky outcrop ensures good drainage. In other words, it was a perfect site for planting succulents such as cactus, agave and aloes.
On the photos dating back to that time one sees the ground dotted with young cacti and euphorbes, some still in their pots. The undertaking was a real challenge as well as something of a punt on the future but the success was such that a second phase of the garden soon followed.
The Garden might be closed in case of bad weather forecast such as strong wind or flooding which could exceptionally happened.