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The Gardens & Grounds


Nationally recognized and award-winning gardens

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The Gardens & Grounds


Nationally recognized and award-winning gardens

Le Pin Gardens are known throughout France for its unique topiary and extensive flower gardens that surround the chateau. Anchoring the gardens are the magnificent topiary providing backdrop to acres of rose gardens, frog ponds, expansive lawns and natural parks.

The formal gardens were originally designed by noted architect Alfred Koerner for Gerard and Claudine Gignoux in the 1920's. These gardens include the topiary gardens and the terraced gardens with reflecting pools just below the chateau. The gardens are presently maintained and have been expanded by their granddaughter, Jane de la Celle.

The French Government has classified Le Pin as a "Monument Historique". The Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication has awarded the "Des Jardins Remarquables" designation to Le Pin's gardens and grounds.

The gardens are open to the public during weekend afternoons, holidays and by appointment from May 1 through October 15.

The gardens of Le Pin host two annual Fête des Plantes in the Spring and Fall. Both Fetes are celebrations of the art and passion of plants and gardens. Up to 5,000 people come each weekend to learn and enjoy the plants and wares from dozens of vendors.

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The Grounds


Birdwatchers' paradise

The Grounds


Birdwatchers' paradise

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The grounds of Le Pin are a patchwork of pastures, cultivated fields, vineyards, woodlands and marshes providing year round habitat for many species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. There is even an dolemen on the property.

While strolling along the allee one can potentially see deer, rabbits, squirrels, hedgehogs, muskrats and even wild boar. Over 70 species of birds have been sighted making it a birdwatcher's paradise. Dozens of year-round residents such as the European Goldfinch, merlins and kestrels and Ring-necked pheasant share the property with migrants including hoopoes, green woodpeckers and various warblers. In the spring the ubiquitous call of the cuckoo can be heard throughout the day.