The White Garden is the perfect complement to the existing French Garden, harmoniously blending perspective and sculptured clipped plants, playing with its basic colour: white and various shades of green.
Designed at the border of the green garden, it adds a dash of poetry and lightness to the whole gardens, highlighted by the water display of the five ponds. There was often a white garden, synonymous of purity and elegance in large old gardens. The four varieties of ground and climbing roses ((Opalia,
Fée des Neiges, Albéric Barbier et Iceberg) have a long flowering period from the end of may until the first frost.
In season, the main pond brighten up with 4 bronze
frogs, which create the water feature, is encircled with Anduze vases covered
with Surfinias and Gauras.
Topiary is the art of pruning trees and shrubs to give them a geometrical or free-form shape.
Eyrignac is an indisputable leader in terms of Topiary. Its
gardens are an encyclopaedia of worked plant shapes, volumes and perspectives:
box cones, flat yews, spirals, balls, arabesques, etc. All pruning is done using hand-shears, lines and plumb line, like the work of a master craftsman.
We have done all we can to make the gardens remarkable: edges of the alleyways cut using string as a guide, careful finishing of the lawns, precise pruning, control of the plants and all those details that go to make Eyrignac a continuous sculpture demanding constant attention. Unique and emblematic design from the creator Gilles Sermadiras, the Avenue of Hornbeams is obviously the signature of the gardens. Powerful by its architecture, this scenery of yew columns interlaced with garlands of hornbeams offers a green outdoor show.
More secret and hidden, the Alley of Vases invites to calm and intimacy. It gives a glimpse in the distance of the Manor house perspective.
The18th century was the glorious period of the French East India and China Company which brought the “Chinoiserie” style whether it was inside the house or in the garden.
It was the century of travels, discovers of distant and exotic productions.
Therewas a lot of trade with the Far East, and it was customary to send precious furniture to get lacquered in China, to buy a lacquered screen or even to copy pagodas or red lacquered bridges in gardens.
To remind this fashion, the Chinese Pagoda at the end of the Avenue of Hornbeams and the Torii at the entrance of the White Garden have been designed in an Asian style.
Creation in progress, the Springs Garden inspires the poetry of the place.
The main alley crossing it, subtly organize the points of interest into a path
that leaves nothing to chance: transition between live fences and rustic hedges, the numerous openings toward nature, the invitation to delight thanks to a gourmet choice of fruit varieties, the discovery of the precious springs of
Eyrignac. The setting leads naturally to the Rotunda Orchard. This audacious
amphitheatre of fruit trees reveals the bucolic and fanciful side of this new
Wild Flower Meadows naturally fit in a free, rural environment. A mixture of annual and biennial flower seeds, they will germinate in the spring and end their life cycle at the beginning of winter, normally when the first hard frosts arrive.
No chemical products are used once the seeds have been sown, so wildlife at large can thrive peacefully.
More open on the surrounding landscape than on the garden itself, the kitchen garden stands as a long rectangle enclosed by a chestnut-tree fence, decorated with golden balls.
It reconciles esthetic and production of fruits and vegetables. One can find cabbages, tomatoes, parsley, sages, beans, squashes, Swiss chards but also dahlias or other nasturtiums! The beneficial association flowers/vegetables is favored to repel or trap parasites.
Separated from the Kitchen Garden by a weeping cedars alley, the Flower Garden’s design remind the lines of the kitchen garden. This is the world of perennials, annuals and bulbs. The long turfed strip gives rhythm to flowerbeds: roses flowerbed, dahlias, zinnias, cosmos and other annual flowers form a bucolic setting.
At the heart of the gardens, the 17th century Manor House is home to the familyand its ancestry, which includes the renowned author of the monologue « Fier comme Artaban », which may be translated in English as «Proud as a Peacock».
In front of the house, at each side of the courtyard stand two pavilions: the Dovecote, which at that time was an outward sign of nobility and the Romanesque Chapel still consecrated to this day and where all the members of the family have been baptized.
Between them, one of the 7 precious springs of the estate. Continuing on, the outbuildings, built in the 18th century, period in which the first French gardens were created at Eyrignac.
A large pond, called the mirror, which formerly served as a fish hatchery. We are reminded of the Italian influences on the gardens, notably the presence of cypresses, the openings in the yew hedges and the Italian vases.
We know that by definition French gardens were essentially formed by flat parterres, decorated with arabesques of dwarf boxes and decorative patterns made of coloured sand. They were always designed to be seen and appreciated from above, usually from the first floor of the mansions, or from the terraces.
At Eyrignac, given that the gardens were created a century later than the Manor, you are facing the only point that can be seen from the first floor of the Manor, and therefore the only “French- style” parterre in its strict sense. The rest of the garden is a blend of French and Italian styles that one enjoys by strolling through it.
In season, the parterres are covered with flowers deliberately chosen in shades of blue, white and yellow.