Jersey - a gardening experience in the English Channel


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In the Bay of St-Malo, just 20 kilometers off the French coast, Jersey, like its neighbors Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, is one of the British Isles without being part of the United Kingdom. A special status that the Jerseyans enjoy for over 800 years. However, the French influences are everywhere noticeable, such as in the local and street names and the typical granite houses, which are very reminiscent of Brittany. The island measures just eight times fourteen kilometers.
If you want to explore Jersey, usually chooses the car. Alternatively, the so-called Green Lanes can be used: this is a road network of 80 kilometers, on which cyclists, hikers and riders have priority.

Jersey: worth knowing in brief

Map of the English Channel

Jersey is the largest and southernmost channel island

The 118-square-kilometer largest of the Channel Islands is subject to the British crown and has the jersey pound as its own currency. Until the 1960s, French was the official language. Meanwhile, however, English is spoken and left driven.
climate
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, abundant rainfall results in mild temperatures throughout the year - an ideal garden climate.
getting there
By car you can arrive from France by ferry. From April to September there are once-weekly direct flights to the island from various German airports.
Attractions

  • Samarès Manor: Mansion with beautiful park
  • Jersey Lavender Farm: lavender cultivation and processing
  • Eric Young Orchid Foundation: a beautiful orchid collection
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust: Animal Park with around 130 different species
  • Battle of Flowers: annual flower parade in August

Further information: jersey.com

Durrell Wildlife Foundation

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Impressions from Jersey

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The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust with the extinct Dodo as a bird of prey is committed to endangered species. Founded almost 50 years ago by writer and naturalist Gerald Durrell, the foundation is headquartered in Jersey. She manages 78 nature conservation projects worldwide. Her zoo is home to over 130 endangered species.

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The animal park includes a bio-dynamic farm with an area of ​​2.5 acres (about 1 hectare). Daniel Craven and his associates grow about three-quarters of the food for their own offspring - and have found out interesting facts about the taste preferences of the animals.

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With gorillas and orangutans (photo), for example, rocket and sunflower seeds are at the top of the menu. Legend has it that the silverback gorilla Jambo (1961-92). In 1986, when a small boy fell into the gorilla enclosure, Jambo kept his conspecifics away from the unconscious child until it could be rescued.

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However, another animal is typical for Jersey: the ocher-colored Jersey cow. The animals graze mostly on pastures in the interior of the island.

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The Jersey Lavender Farm grows on the island of lavender for perfume extraction for the perfume industry.

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Another Mediterranean plant that feels comfortable in the mild climate is the Riesnatternkopf.

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The defense tower Le Hocq Tower was once used to defend the island.

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The entrance portal of the Societé Jersaise in St. Helier. The Society is responsible for preserving the archaeological, social and historical heritage of Jersey.

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The Victorian market hall in St. Helier is architecturally and culinary worth seeing.

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Some copies of typical English taxis are also in use on Jersey.

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View from Hotel Cristina in Mont Felard to the sea.

Durrell Wildlife Foundation

bio-dynamic farm

Orangutans on tree trunk

Jersey cattle on meadow

Jersey Lavender Farm

Giant snake head plant

Wehrtum Le Hocq Tower

Entrance portal of Societé Jersaise

Market Hall in St. Helier

English taxi

Seagull and sea

Open private gardens

At the Itex Walk, one of the annual highlights, especially popular with the islanders, you can test your fitness. The goal is to walk 77 kilometers around the island in one day. The proceeds serve a good purpose. The same applies to the attractive private gardens, which open their doors on different Sundays of the year. There is no official entry fee, instead asking for small donations, usually three pounds (about € 3.50), to benefit local organizations.

Old Smuggler's Inn

Old Smuggler's Inn

Off the gardens you have the choice between long sandy beaches, steep cliff trails and the species-rich dune landscapes in the west of the island. To stroll and shop it goes to the capital St. Helier. Very attractive is next to Rozel Bay and the idyllic harbor town of Gorey the beautiful view at the lighthouse La Corbière. The latter offers a wonderful view of the sea - ideal for enjoying the sunset.Finally, a tip: The St. Brelade's Bay boardwalk is followed by a small coastal path that meanders along Ouaisne Bay and leads directly to a quaint pub, the Old Smuggler's Inn. The perfect place to end the day with a good pint.

Les Aix

Park Les Aix

Herrschaftiliches estate with worth seeing park: Les Aix

The estate Les Aix, owned by the artist Ariel Luke, is a bit hidden on the edge of the town of St. Peter. On the well-kept English lawn in front of the manorial house sit young and old with a cup of tea, can be homemade cake taste and enjoy the warm summer weather. The owner and passionate painter signs her latest book "Garden Painters" right in the middle. Also in the garden is the handwriting of the artist. In the back part, a labyrinth of book and yew hedges is created in the form of a painter's palette. Scattered monochrome beds symbolize the colors. Other areas with seating, swimming pool and rose and perennial beds, which is followed by a large fruit and vegetable garden, complete the picture.

Ariel Luke

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Les Aix

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Ariel Luke, landlady of Les Aix, is a well-known painter.

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An enchanted archway leads visitors from the front to the back garden area.

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A flower-rich discounts with peonies and beard thread (Penstemon) lines the natural stone wall that divides the garden.

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A small group of chickens takes care of the inconspicuous removal of unwelcome gardeners such as weevils or snails.

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A book labyrinth is also part of the Landhausgarten. Bleeding has in the clear layout but still no one.

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Lush perennial borders line the entrance to the property.

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Rustic: A circular water lily basin made of weathered concrete.

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A sheltered seat in front of a wall invites you to rest.

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A lush fireweed perennial (Phlomis) perches above the staircase.

Ariel Luke

Archway of stone

Stone wall with discounts peony

Chickens and roosters

Country house garden with book labyrinth

Access with discounts

circular water lily basin

Seat in front of wall

Red cabbage perennial (Phlomis)

Le Clos du Chemin

Le Clos du Chemin

Le Clos du Chemin combines English and Italian garden elements

The inhabitants of the island have created real garden paradises, as the area of ​​Le Clos du Chemin proves. It is located on a hill overlooking St. Aubin's Bay. The house was built by the Halliwell family in the early 1930's. Mr. Halliwell was a surgeon and passionate plant collector. However, a hurricane destroyed large parts of the garden in 1987. The Lea family, who took over the estate in 1990, restored the gardens and, with the support of Frederick Carpenter, longtime gardener at Le Clos du Chemin, brought them to new heights. Today, the garden combines classic Italian and English elements and design motifs. Once a year, the private garden is open to those who are interested.

Natural stone staircase in the shade

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Play with light and shadow: An old natural stone staircase leads out of a shady garden area onto a sunny lawn.

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An exotic foliage jewelry ensemble made of New Zealand flax and funkies.

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Everywhere in the garden there are interesting decorative elements: for example, a triangular mirror in a stone bucket...

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... or a small cat sculpture, apparently lurking for prey.

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At the top of the stairs the visitor is greeted by flute playing stone angels.

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Two beehives give a home to the diligent flower pollinators in the garden.

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In the joints of this natural stone wall grows a Spanish daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus).

Natural stone staircase in the shade

Flax and funkies

Decorative mirror bucket

little cat sculpture

Stair with stone angel

Beehives in the garden

Spanish daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus)

Samarès Manor

Samarès Manor

The representative Samarès Manor attracts visitors with its spacious garden

In Saint Clement, Samarès Manor attracts visitors from all over the world with its remarkable rose and herb garden. A special highlight is the annual Jersey Rose Show, where the most beautiful rose varieties are chosen. The magnificent manor house stands in the middle of a fantastically beautiful park, which includes one of the largest herb gardens in Europe. Another highlight is the Japanese Garden with water courses and small lakes. In the herbal garden daily "Talks on Herbs" are held, where visitors can find out more about the different herbs and their applications. In the adjoining café and restaurant, guests are spoiled with culinary delicacies.

Rose and herb garden

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Overview of the rose and herb garden.

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In front of the old greenhouse with attached herb garden are a few bonsai.

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Visitors to the garden enjoy lingering on the benches between lush flowerbeds.

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Every year Samarès Manor hosts the Jersey Rose Show. Renowned breeders present their latest varieties.

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A boxwood parterre framed this large planted stone bucket with antique decor.

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As in most of Jersey's gardens, there are also colorful mixtures of Mediterranean and Central European garden plants.

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Part of the garden is Japanese. Of course, a Japanese teahouse made of wood can not be missing.

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Water is also a dominant design element in the Japanese garden part - for example in the form of a small waterfall with wild-romantic plants.

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A small lake with old willow is located in the landscaped part of Samarès Manor.

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Very popular is the so-called "Herb Talk": Here are interested in everything about the cultivation and use of the various plants that grow in the herb garden of Samarès Manor.

Rose and herb garden

Bonsai next to greenhouse

Benches between rose beds

Jersey Rose Show

 Stone bucket amidst a boxwood parterre

Mediterranean and Central European garden plants

Japanese tea house

Japanese garden with waterfall

Lake with old willows

Herb Talk Shield

Judith Quérée's garden

Judith Quérée's garden

The 300 year old cottage of the Quérée family is located in an idyllic small valley

In Judith Quérée's garden, botanical knowledge is put to the test. Although the area is manageable, it houses around 2,000 different plants. In addition to tree-tall tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica) and other exotic species, there are over 200 clematis varieties here. Not only the plant collection is impressive, but also Mrs Quérée, the dynamic owner. Their garden near St. Ouen has already been the subject of various TV programs, magazines and books. As visitors stroll through the garden, she quickly gives an interview to the local television station before turning to a group of elderly rural women. She lives her garden and you can feel it. It is open during the season several days a week.

Judith Quérée

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Judith Quérée puts the plant knowledge of the visitors with your garden to the test.

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Only 40 types of fire pistons can be found in the garden.

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Nice arrangement: a piece of driftwood as partner for the Dahlia 'Dark Desire'.

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In the "Bog Garden", to German swamp garden, you get thanks to the wooden footbridge no wet feet.

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Lovable details such as these 26 pound stone weights can be found throughout the garden.

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Roses and clematis bloom in many places to the bet.

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In good English country house tradition, bees are encouraged in the garden of Judith Quérée. Therefore, the garden owner has set up two beehives.

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