Chin - Greenhouse of the Madonna
Serre de la Madone - Menton - Alpes-Maritimes Property of the Conservatoire du littoral Listed as a historical monument
Open all year, except November, December 25 and January 1. Every day except Mondays, from April 1st to October 31st, from 10am to 6pm, from December 1st to March 31st, from 10am to 5pm. Guided tour in French every opening day at 3pm. Group visits in French, English, Italian and German on reservation at the Heritage Department at 04 92 10 33 66. Paid visit. Services: shop, parking, refreshments.
74, route de Gorbio - 06500 Menton (motorway A8 direction Genoa, exit Menton, direction city center. At the Casino turn right into avenue Carnot, make 1.5 km. At the roundabout turn right between avenue Florette between Palais Carnolès and station BP. Go up road to Gorbio for 2 km. The garden is on the right).
Garden designed between 1919 and 1939 by Major Lawrence Johnston (1871-1958), famous landscape architect active in England, creator of the Hidcote Manor garden in the Cotswolds and the Sissinghurst garden in Kent. His winter garden in Menton, set up in the Gorbio valley around an old farm, was intended for plants brought back from the Far East or Africa. It is characterized by a dense tangle of native and imported species. To the botanical interest is added the quality of the composition, structured by stairs and terraces where greenhouses and ponds take place. The garden was saved from destruction in 1990 thanks to a measure of automatic classification by decree in the Council of State.