With its arched walkways climbing with candy colored blooms and row upon row of pink, red and white rose bushes, Les Chemins de la Rose is a vivid tribute to the ‘Queen of all Flowers’. The 4-hectare rose gardens of Saumur are home to more than 13,000 rose bushes, displaying over 1,250 different rose varieties between May and September, from classic English roses to vintage blooms and modern creations.
Recently redesigned, Les Chemins de la Rose now features a number of outhouses displaying antique farm equipment, a rose distillery, vegetable garden, a themed walking trail and a terrace café-restaurant, and hosts regular presentations, workshops and gardening displays. As well as admiring the vibrant roses, it’s also possible to buy one of the famous rose bushes during the season, along with a variety of rose and rose-oil based products from the onsite shop.
Les Chemins de la Rose is located in Doue La Fontaine, around 15km southwest of Saumur and is open daily from May to September, 10.30am-7pm. Adult admission at the time of writing is €6.