La Ballue Garden is located between Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel, on the border between the provinces of Normandy and Brittany, overlooking the beautiful valley of Couesnon.
Once you arrive, you will discover a beautiful green scenery bathing in the sunlight that inspired many painters, especially impressionists. At the beginning you find a geometric, terraced garden of French style with sharp triangles, shaped yew trees and hedges. Then you follow a long tunnel of black yew and woody climbing wisteria, which leads to the second garden and is an initiating path. The visitor is constantly moving between light and shadow, from intrigue to peace, from laughter to dream...
A luxurious 17th-century manor house built in 1620, is a beautiful, modest proof of mannerism. La Ballue Chateu was a privileged place for writers and artists in the early 19th century and in the middle of the 20th century. In the past, La Ballue was visited by Balzac, Victor Hugo and other prestigious authors. It was connected to French literature. Its unique surrounding gardens have been reworked and reinterpreted with taste and intelligence to regain their character at that time.
The garden was designed by two futuristic architects François Hebert Stevens and Paul Maymont in the purest mannerism style. With their work, they returned the garden its shine and luxury in 1973. The year 1996 meant the rediscovery of the garden by their new owners Marie-France Barrère & Alain Schrotter. They fiddled with the growth of trees and gave the garden a new vision and a new dimension. The gardens became a historical landmark in 1999.