Roseraie du Château de Miserey

Giverny
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Great Outdoors

Inspired by Dante, Miserey is a symbolic garden representing the promises of the after-life: heaven and hell. Under the watchful eye of the serpent - a boxwood surrounded by poppies and marigolds - the cross-shaped garden showcases a collection of rare plants from across Europe. Hell is composed of everything that stings and scratches: plants that irritate the skin; thorn-covered brambles; prickly bushes; pepper plants and hogweed. Purgatory is a simple alley of yews and apple-scented roses. Finally, heaven opens out with its sweet-smelling thornless roses and pure, white flowers.

Nearby attractions

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