The Public Garden of Fougéres!

Once again, once upon a time I look at my vault and realised have pictures not shown in my blog. These happened to be mostly off the beaten path places of my belle France that needs to be told to all. This is the case of the Public Garden of Fougéres in Ille et Vilaine dept 35 of the region of Bretagne. Let me tell you more of it and hope you like it as I.

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The Jardin Public or Public Garden, is located in the southern end of the Upper Town, is a public park with the particularity of developing on three levels following the slope of a land connecting the left bank of the Nançon to the hillside. Saint-Léonard, and to mix an English garden, a French garden and a botanical garden. The Public Garden runs along the Nançon river. It is bordered by rue des Vallées and by rue de la Porte Saint-Léonard. The park is home to no less than three buildings, the Tour du Papegaud, the Saint-Léonard Church and the City/Town Hall.

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Built on the hillside, at the end of the Saint-Léonard promontory, the public garden of Fougères has two successive belvederes arranged in walks which allow the best apprehension of the castle site at the origin of the city: the rock of the coward where stands the castle, surrounded by four hills between which meanders the Nançon, a tributary of the Couesnon river. Entrance to the park can be made by the City/Town Hall square, the gate, at the top of the steps of the Saint-Léonard Church, joins the religious building to the city/ hall; by rue Porte Saint-Léonard, this is the main entrance, the gate of which is adorned with the city’s coat of arms; via rue des Vallées, after the intersection with rue des Tanneurs: this access allows you to climb the park via the fougerarium; and by the Via rue des Vallées, halfway up, at the junction with rue des Quatre Vents: this access leads to Place Leroux. Entrance to the park is free, all year round and at any time of the day. It is open every day from 8h to 22h (8h to midnight in season).

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The Place Leroux has a triangular-shaped constitutes a second belvedere allowing a gaze to be taken in the medieval quarter surrounding the Saint-Sulpice Church and the castle. Today delimited by hedges and boxwood topiaries, it has a pocket-sized French garden with its embroidery flowerbeds and its 17C granite basin from the Château de Poilley. Decorated with public benches, Place Leroux is adorned with a butterfly-shaped mosaiculture located below a hillock joining the Place aux Arbres and traversed by multiple small footpaths. The Fougerarium along the Nançon on its left bank and climbing to Place Leroux, this walk in the undergrowth allows the discovery of more than fifty species of ferns from Asia, Russia and America.

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At the end of the 18C. the first garden is made up, called Place aux Arbres. Thanks to the intervention of Albert Durand, President of the Syndicat d’Initiative in 1913, the mayor of the time obtained the classification of the Place aux Arbres among the natural sites and monuments of artistic character. The garden is spread over 3 levels: the Place aux Arbres offers a panorama of the origins of the city, overlooking the castle and the medieval quarter around the St-Sulpice Church (see post); The park was subsequently enriched with a kiosk in 1889 and a white marble statue called the Golden Age. Access to the Place d’Arbres square is via a monumental granite and wrought iron gate adorned with the town’s coat of arms.

The Fougéres tourist office on the Public Garden : https://www.ot-fougeres.fr/home/discover/fougeres_and_its_surroundings_the_must_sees/touristic_map_of_fougeres/the_public_garden

The city of Fougéres on its heritagehttps://fougeres.fr/dossier/d%C3%A9couvrir-le-patrimoine-fougerais-0

There you go folks, a dandy garden park with great views of the city of Fougéres. A nice family walk surrounded by great architecture and history just what a trip calls for. Hope you enjoy the Public Garden as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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