The Ephemeral Gardens

The Ephemeral Gardens were created in 2000.  Located in the heart of the marshes of Saint-Fraigne, on the banks of the river Aume, they are flooded every winter then drained and re-created in the spring with a new cultural adventure.

Every year artists and landscape gardeners take up the challenge and present their own space with a new theme.

Throughout the season the plants grow into floral compositions that invade our senses with their perfume, grasses are like curtains waving in the wind, the environment evolves and the colours change.

In this riverside atmosphere art mingles with nature to please the eye of the visitor. A wonderful adventure for both adults and children to enjoy in this strange world combining nature and culture.



 The 2017 Garden festival

Public opening Saturday 3rd June at 10:30 am


An ideal opportunity to spend quality time with the family.

For 14 years the Ephemeral Gardens have been uniting artists, sculpters and amateur gardeners around a communal project which attracts more than 3,000 visitors each year between the first weekend of June and the second Sunday of October. These artists and gardeners are asked to imagine and create a garden that can be used and enjoyed.


This year the creators, both professional and semi-professional, were chosen to mix art and nature around the theme :


Travelling and Gardening all over the world.



The 2017 Creators


Senegalese Micro-gardening (Le Micro-Jardinage Sénégalais)

CYCLEUM CONSEIL (Jaunay-Marigny - 86)


The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Les Jadins supendus de Babylone)

Sébastien BRUAND Garden ( Nercillac - 16)


Seed Migration (La Migration des Graines)

Claire ALARY (Savennières - 49)


The Fertile Crescent (Le Croissant Fertile)

Laurent MESNARD ( Beauvais_Matha - 17)


Imperfections of the Future (Imparfait du Futur)

LE FOYER RURAL (Saint-Fraigne - 16))


The Travelling Garden (Le Jardin Voyageur)

ATELIER CHABROL (Villebois-Lavalette - 16)


A Little Piece of Heaven (Un petit coin de Paradis)

Gaetan MOTARD (Saint-Fraigne's Staff - 16)


A Journey to the Four Corners of the World (Un voyage aux quatre coins du Monde) CLUB MARPEN (Tusson- 16)

In the House on Stilts  - A permanent exhibition about marshland and peat


In the Water House - A permanent exhibition about water

Opening hours


Open from the 3rd June until the 8th October 2017.


3rd to 30th June 2017 and 1st September to 8th October

Open Saturday and Sunday - 10:30am to 7pm


1st July to 3st August 2017

Open Wednesday to Sunday - 10:30am to 7pm


Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time


For groups of more than 10 people - Open everyday by reservation until 08/10/2017


Guided visits of the gardens and church by reservation


Entrance fee

  • Gardens:
    • adults: 3,50€
    • discount*: 2,50€
    • children up to the age 6: free
  • Church:
    • adults: 3,50€
    • discount*: 2,50€
    • children up to the age of 6: free
  • Gardens and church:
    • adults: 6€
    • discount*: 5€
    • children up to the age of 6: free

*Groups of more than 10 people/children from 6 to 11




Isle Nature

Maison de l'eau
Rue du Chant du Coq

16140 Saint-Fraigne


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