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Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden

On the way to the lands of the Vauclair Abbey, we arrive at a place steeped in history. Founded in 1134, this Cistercian abbey is the fifteenth "daughter of Clairvaux". Long prosperous, the abbey will experience throughout its history destructive periods, including the Hundred Years War and the First World War due to its proximity to the Chemin des Dames. If the building is largely destroyed, the remains still in place testify to the past splendor. Today, beyond history, the place invites you to discover nature through an arboretum rich in a large collection of apple and old pear trees. It also offers a dive into the art of healing from the past with a "garden of the simple" located on the site of the former monastic apothecary. This garden is a tribute to Father Courtois, Jesuit and hermit passionate about medicinal plants and a great lover of Vauclair whom he helped to revive. Thus, thanks to its rich history and the work of enthusiasts, the Vauclair Abbey remains a lively and attractive place and one of the most visited in the department of Aisne.

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden


OT DE LAON Welcome to the garden of medicinal plants also called "garden of the simple" or "herbularius". This garden, recreated in 1976 on the initiative of Father Courtois and a team of enthusiasts, was intended to supply the infirmary of the abbey with medicines intended for monks and civilian populations.

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden


AS. FLAMENT The garden of medicinal plants also has an educational vocation. Vauclair thus receives the visit of many teachers who take advantage of the place to give lively lessons in history and botany. Vauclair is also labeled "Permanent Center for Environmental Initiation".

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden


AS. FLAMENT Is it still necessary to emphasize the charm of monastic gardens which is due both to the simplicity of the layout and to the mixture of vegetable and flowering plants?

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden


COLLANGE The garden is made up of checkerboards one meter square, each accommodating a given species. If certain plants such as lavender in the foreground are known to all, can the same be said of their virtues? In total, there are nearly 350 species that the garden offers to discover.

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden


F.X. DESSIRIER People on two feet and with a ticket are not visitors to the garden! Indeed, many rabbits and deer frequent the places, forcing the gardeners to organize themselves so that their visits are not too destructive. It is the importance of this animal life that is reminded of the fences that adorn the massifs. And again, this is only the visible part insofar as these fences need to be buried more than 1.5 m deep to be effective!

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden


S. LEFEBVRE Rich in smells and colors, with a face that varies with the seasons, a medicinal garden is anything but sad and monotonous.

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden


AS. FLAMENT In its development projects, the site paid particular attention to pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers and people with reduced mobility. Even the riders have the right to city on certain sections! In general, the greenway development project allows access to the environment and to the leisure activities offered by the site.

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden


F.X DESSIRIER Even if most of the building has disappeared, the majesty of the whole remains perceptible.

Visit of the Vauclair Abbey garden


JP GILS Before leaving the premises, let us return one last time to these vestiges and try to imagine the life of the predecessors of Father Courtois in these places charged with a formidable history.