Manche: with the garden La Guesnonnière, treat yourself to an enchanting trip to the Orient

Change of nature guaranteed with the garden La Guesnonnière de Montcuit.  It is the only Japanese-style garden in the Cotentin Côté Jardins Association.
Change of nature guaranteed with the garden La Guesnonnière de Montcuit. It is the only Japanese-style garden in the Cotentin Côté Jardins Association. Channel side – Vincent Giard)

In this small town Montcuit (Manche), located in the Coutances Mer et Bocage area, is an enchanting garden: La Guesnonniere.

For almost 20 years, Michael Leforestier takes care of it. The master of the place pampers it, shapes it, maintains it with taste and passion and follows a specific guideline. “Nothing is done by chance,” explains this 60-year-old gardener. I am inspired by two good texts that govern Japanese gardens. »

Two reference works

Michel Leforestier has turned his garden on one hectare into a peaceful place that promotes meditation.
Michel Leforestier has turned his garden on one hectare into a peaceful place that promotes meditation. Channel side – Vincent Giard)

Initially, Sakuteiki. “It is the oldest known work dealing with the aesthetic and philosophical design of Japanese gardens. Dating from 11and century is the reference manual. It codifies the various forms of accommodation that could be found at that time, while taking into account certain religious principles. »

The second reference text that Michel Leforestier relies on is Senzui (15and century). “I read many works, and in particular old books illustrated with sketches. It serves as a source of inspiration for me. »

La Guesnonnière's garden offers a fantastic collection of Japanese maples and hydrangeas.
La Guesnonnière’s garden offers a fantastic collection of Japanese maples and hydrangeas. Channel side – Vincent Giard)

A personal interpretation

In his garden, Michel Leforestier has decorated a tsukabai, whose traditional role is purification before the tea ceremony.
In his garden, Michel Leforestier has decorated a tsukabai, whose traditional role is purification before the tea ceremony. Channel side – Vincent Giard)

This is how Michel Leforestier has made his garden over the years, A true oasis of peacein which the visitor is immediately caught.

It took me almost 20 years to develop one acre. I myself drew the plans according to the main principles of the Japanese garden, but without applying them to the letter. This garden is above all a personal interpretation.

Michael LeforestierThe owner of the garden of La Guesnonnière de Montcuit

A garden as therapy

With its impressive collection of plants (ferns, bamboo, conifers, helxine, rhodes, etc.), La Guesnonnières garden invites visitors into another world.
With its impressive collection of plants (ferns, bamboo, conifers, helxine, rhodes, etc.), La Guesnonnières garden invites visitors into another world. Channel side – Vincent Giard)

That’s next time from a life accident that Michel undertakes to decorate a garden in the Japanese style. “It was a way of rebuilding myself. »
2002 marks the beginning of a great adventure.

I am there five days a week, 10 hours a day. It’s an all – consuming passion. I spend a lot of energy on it and I continue to enrich it a little more each year.

Michael LeforestierThe owner of the garden of La Guesnonnière de Montcuit

Latest developments: zen-haven made of stone and sand. “I just finished,” says this former police officer. This area where you do not go is relaxing for the eyes and conducive to meditation. ” the Buddhist triadcomposed of three stones representing heaven, man, and earth.

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A new creation has arrived at the La Guesnonnière garden: a Zen garden and its Buddhist triad.
A new creation has arrived at the La Guesnonnière garden: a Zen garden and its Buddhist triad. Channel side – Vincent Giard)

An enchanting journey to the Orient

Michel Leforestier with his Loderi King George rhododendron (a spreading shrub).
Michel Leforestier with his Loderi King George rhododendron (a spreading shrub). Channel side – Vincent Giard)

It is one of the many curiosities to discover in this enchanting place where you will find a rain of Japanese symbols (lanterns, islets, bridges, Japanese steps and even the tsukabai, whose traditional role is purification before the tea ceremony).

Without forgetting an impressive collection of maple and hydrangea and plants in constant development all year round, including the three emblematic species in Japan (pine, cherry blossom and bamboo). With the garden La Guesnonnière you will have the feeling of being transported to the Orient. Have a nice trip !

La Guesnonnière Garden is a unique Japanese-style ensemble in the Manche department.
La Guesnonnière Garden is a unique Japanese-style ensemble in the Manche department. Channel side – Vincent Giard)

When to visit La Guesnonnière’s garden?

If you want to discover the Japanese garden Montcuit, show up on Sunday, May 8, 2022. As part of Neurodon, the garden opens its doors to the public from 2.30pm to 6.30pm Price: € 7 adult. “For each participation, two euros will be donated to brain research. »
The garden’s other opening dates: 14, 15 and 26 May; June 18 and 19; July 3, 16, and 17; August 6 and 7; September 11 ; October 9 and 30; 1 and 11 November 2022. The garden of La Guesnonnière is also open by appointment, all year round.


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