Dordogne Gardens | Chateau de Eyrignac in the Dordogne
The Gardens of Chateau de Eyrignac
The Gardens of Chateau de Eyrignac are wonderful formal gardens set over a large space.
The garden is split into 5 main areas: the Box Labyrinth; the Plant Sculptures Kingdom; the Manor and French garden; Capucine’s gardens and the White Garden and Flower Meadow.
Topiary is the feature of all of these areas and include shapes such as small knot gardens, animal shapes all the way through to the stunning avenues of tall, shaped hedges such as the magnificent Hornbeam Alley in the Plant Sculptures kingdom.
The white garden is a lovely addition to the French Gardens at Eyrignac and here low box hedges have been planted to make geometric patterns and within the hedging plants with white flowers fill the gaps, white roses are particularly dominant.
Contrasting with this are the bright red Japanese-style structures on each of the four axes of the garden.
The gardens are near the town of Salignac, north-east of Sarlat.
History | Chateau de Eyrignac
The Gardens of the Manoir d’Eyrignac have been handed down from generation to generation for the past 500 years.
The present Manor house was rebuilt by Antoine de Costes de la Calprenède in the XVIIth Century on the ruins of the former dwelling.
The first gardens were designed in the XVIIIth Century on the initiative of Louis-Antoine Gabriel de la Calprenède in the French style, inspired by those of the villas of Italy. They were completely revised in the XIXth Century to follow the new fashion, and thus became an English-style park.