32 Culture Yvoire, Medieval Lakeside Village and Garden of Five Senses®

A garden of emotions and intuitions hidden on the heart of the charming village of Yvoire, on the shores of Lake Geneva. Inspired by medieval labyrinths, visitors are invited to discover several intimate gardens dedicated to the five senses and the treasures of the plant world. Humans and plants reunite in this wonderful jewel, which is maintained daily by a team of dedicated gardening enthusiasts who love sharing their knowledge. Trained fruit trees, medicinal plants, forgotten vegetables, flowers with evocative scents, surprisingly textured leaves... the garden’s diversity grows each year, to the delight of its visitors.

 A private garden classified as “Remarkable Garden” by the French Ministery of Culture

Taking its inspiration from the Middle Ages, this garden elaborates the theme of the five senses in the maze and in the various green spaces. You are invited to smell, touch, contemplate, listen, and sometimes to taste!

From time immemorial, gardens have symbolized Paradise Lost. . .medicinal and aromatic herbs, fruit trees, vintage rose bushes, aviaries and fountains line a pathway where a collection of 1300 varieties of plants changes with the seasons.

As you round a bend in the pathway, you may meet one of our gardeners. With great passion and a deep respect for nature they take care of this plant kingdom nestled in the heart of a medieval village classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. You will share the gardeners’ motto, which is also that of the Bouvier d’Yvoire family, who created the garden: Festina lente, or “Make haste slowly”. A stroll that will enchant young and old, a journey of initiation to discover and understand the world of plants :
- 1300 plant varieties identified
- self-guided tour with descriptive map
- recommended duration of visit : 1 hour and more…
- funny quiz for children
Discover the garden with your five senses !

Route

Located in the centre of Yvoire village

By car: motorway A40, exit Annemasse (28 km) or exit Findrol (25 km) Bus parking in 300 m distance.

By train: railway stations Thonon, Annemasse, or Geneva (TGV stop)

By plane: Geneva airport

Regular CGN boat services leaving from Geneva, Nyon, Thonon, Evian, and Lausanne

Prices, packages

12 € Adult 
7 € Children (6-18)
31 € Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children)
3,50 € extra child 
8,50 € Student (-26 years old)
8,50 € Handicapped or attendant
One year season ticket 16€

Dates of availabilities

Open all days from 16 april to 9 october. 
Visit hours :
- from 16 to 30 april and from 19 september to 9 october: 10h - 17h30 (ticket closing at 16h30) 
- from 1st may to 18 september : 10h - 18h30 (ticket closing at 17h30)

Proposed visits and duration

Each visit starts with an explanation, in order to give you a key for visiting. There is also the possibility to watch a complementary 10 min video presentation. Additionally, a gardener is on the spot most of the time. If you should have any questions, do not hesitate to ask him! 

As an introduction to the garden is essential for a constructive and pleasant visit, we offer different questionnaires for children (depending on age) that have a guiding and supporting function while discovering the garden and thus finally also sustain the discovery of senses through the plants. The questionnaire also aids instructors and parent to prepare the visit in a way that the children may benefit a maximum (download questionnaires at www.jardin5sens.net). For each group of children, a hostess is at disposal during your stay in the garden, however, responsibility for the children stays with the instructors.

Groups should not be larger than 25, with at least one instructor per 8 children. It is also possible to split groups and to have alternating tours to the garden and the village. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Count at least 1h and take time to touch, smell, taste, look, hear, and dream...

Spoken languages

We speak French and English
Our documentation exists in many languages (F, GB, D, E, I, NL, P, PL, J, R, S)

Description of services and / or proposed infrastructure

Video presentation in French and English

English quizz for children