Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month as we explore private gardens around Switzerland and neighboring France. Selected gardens are generally within a 2hr driving radius of Geneve. We have carefully chosen private gardens (ie not public parks) classified ‘exceptional’.
This second AIWC Garden Visit will be to the spectacular gardens of the Chateau de Vullierens (https://chateauvullierens.ch) at 10:30. Located on the hills above Morges, and 1 hour from Geneva using public transport, it is home to one of the largest collections of irises in Europe and arguably the best private garden in Suisse Romande. The timing of our visit should enable us to see a large portion of the 50000 iris in bloom. Additionally, there are historical sites of interest, numerous sculptures dotted throughout the gardens, a gift shop with free tasting of the domaine‘s wines, an art gallery and a lovely garden cafe. ( https://chateauvullierens.ch/gastronomie-et-vins/cafe-des-jardins/ ).
Entry to the garden is Chf 15 pp (for groups over 10, this drops to Chf 10 pp) payable on the day. After the visit we can stop at the cafe for a light lunch or coffee & cake. Picnics are not allowed in the gardens.
If there are more than 15 registrants, we will divide into 2 groups to comply with Swiss Covid -19 regulations.
Registration is necessary and places are limited. Regiser today!
Once you register, a confirmation email will immediately be sent to you with meeting information, travel details and Carolyn's contact information. If you don't receive confirmation, please check that you have hit "confirm" at the end of the registration process.
For more information contact Carolyn here.
Calendar of Garden Visits:
April - Chateau de Prangins, VD https://www.chateaudeprangins.ch/en/your-visit/historical-kitchen-garden
May - Chateau d’Iris, Vullierens, VD https://chateauvullierens.ch/
June - Diable Vert, Bex, VD http://www.marawa.ch/les-jardins
July - Rose Garden, Bern https://www.bern.com/en/detail/the-rose-garden, Plus, if possible, Maison de Watteville, Bern - a government owed house used for state visits that has stunning terraced garden down to Aare river. https://www.bbl.admin.ch/bbl/fr/home/themen/besichtigungen/beatrice-von-wattenwyl-haus.html
Swiss Federal and Cantonal regulations will always be followed.
General Information and Guidelines: updated 13 October 2020
- Masks must be worn on public transportation.
- If a member has traveled within 10 days before the hike to any country or area considered a risk under Swiss Federal and Cantonal regulations, they must quarantine and may not join the visit.
- A list of the participants will be kept by the leader for two weeks after the visit for contact and tracing purposes.
Garden Visits is open to all AIWC members.
Children are not allowed to participate.
Visits are generally easily accessible by public transit.
Anyone wishing to join Garden Visits must register on the Website or the App for each outing.
In the interest of safety, it may be necessary to limit the size of the group - this is at the discretion of the Activity Leader
Participants are responsible for their own safety and wellbeing and must follow the instructions provided by the Activity Leader.
The AIWC declines responsibility for the loss of personal property.