Roseraie du Château de Miserey

Giverny
Normandy
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.

Places to visit nearby

Giverny in Normandy is a picturesque village that captured the heart of Monet, becoming his home town and inspiring many of his most famous works.

Rouen in Normandy is the region's former capital and has a distinguished history involving such figures as Richard the Lionheart, William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc.

Chartres in the Loire Valley is an historic city on the River Eure, famous for its ornate cathedral and its reputation for producing fine perfumery.

Nearby attractions

The purpose of this museum is to study the international nature of the Impressionist movement, with particular attention given to the Giverny colony and the artists of the Seine Valley.

Take a wander through Claude Monet's spectacular gardens where he painted many of his most famous works.

These ruins are what remain of Richard the Lionheart's 12th century castle, built on the banks of the Seine to protect Normandy from the French. Advanced for its time, it is a masterpiece of military architecture and during...