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“Switzerland’s Loveliest Gardens and Parks” and The Coppet Garden Fair enchants from 12-14 May 2017

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Gärten Schloss Wildegg, Wildegg in Canton AG (photo: Felix Jungo, Patrimoine suisse)

Preserving the country’s natural heritage is right up the Swiss Heritage Society’s alley and what better way to do that than to entice people out into nature to show them what’s on offer. A Baroque garden, a large landscaped park, a varied urban square: Swiss gardens offer charming diversity.

In honor of the Year of the Garden in 2016, last year Swiss Heritage profiled fifty of these special spaces in a newly-revised, 2nd edition of Swiss Heritage’s guide to the “Loveliest Gardens and Parks in Switzerland”.


Foce del fiume Cassarate, Lugano in Canton TI (photo: Felix Jungo, Patrimoine suisse)

The 120-page pocket-sized French/German brochure is full of practical information including symbols indicating what’s to be found in each park: a coffee or a place to play, a particular natural setting or a spectacular view. The booklet can be ordered online at CHF 16.- for non-members and  CHF 8.- for members of Swiss Heritage.

Klosteranlage Ittingen, Warth TG

Klosteranlage Ittingen, Warth in Canton TG (photo: Felix Jungo, Patrimoine suisse)

Visiting one of the 50 gardens featured in this booklet promises a journey into a new world of expertise, imagination and discovery. Who knows? You might even come away with tips and inspiration for your own garden.

Coppet Garden Fair on 12, 13, 14 May 2017

Coppet Jardins en Fête 2016

A garden sculpture whoops it up at Jardins en Fête at the Château de Coppet in 2013

Nothing says Spring more than the annual Jardins en Fête at the Château de Coppet, which again this year promises to enchant green-thumbed gardeners as well as lovers of all things garden (not necessarily the same thing, as my husband and I know very well).

Come rain or come shine, the 12th edition of this much-loved garden fair will take place on the 12, 13 and 14 May 2017 from 10h-to-18h non-stop. The event brings together more than 120 exhibitors from across Europe specialized in the following areas:

  • Nurserymen, landscapers, designers
  • Plants, both new and rediscovered
  • Innovative and practical garden objects
  • Garden furniture, tools and clothes
  • Bookstore

This year’s theme invites you to discover plant varieties that thrive in the urban garden. Take a look at the list of exhibitors and learn all the practical info (where, travel info and entry fees) you need to know.

If you’ve not yet visited the Fair and would like to get an impression of it,  have a peek at this video from the 2016 edition:

Mother’s Day brunch on 14th

Special this year, a Mother’s Day brunch will be organized on the private terrace of the Château on Sunday, 14th May, which is available upon reservation and with good weather only. The cost is CHF 50.- per person and includes entry to the garden fair. Entrance is free for children up to ten years old.

Reservations will be taken until Tuesday, 9th May by email ( or by telephone (+41 22 776 59 25).

I hope you enjoy yourself and find just what you need to make your garden your own personal paradise this summer. 


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