It honestly felt like we were transported into a Jane Austen novel (without the angst). The property of Chateau de Vullierens is expansive and manicured; sitting atop the rolling hills and vineyards just above Morges, boasting a panoramic view of Lake Geneva and the Alps. It’s a beautiful property on its own right, but the icing on the cake is its world renowned gardens.

Every year the public has only six weeks to enjoy the beautiful gardens; from the 10th of May until June 22nd, the flowers are at their peak–vibrant colors and vast varieties of irises, lilies, roses, and peonies all emanate the fragrances of spring and summer.

Not only are these gardens for flower and nature enthusiasts, but also for admirers of art. This year, the gardens have welcomed famous French sculptor Christian Lapie, who has constructed 15 major works which are exhibited throughout the gardens. These impressive sculptures integrate nicely into their surrounding environment, some competing with nature’s grandeur standing tall at 6 meters high. 

We recommend heading to the gardens, having a stroll, then stopping by the Café des jardins for a drink, a snack, apéro, or to eat a full meal. The menu consists of a variety of salads, grilled meat, charcuterie, sandwiches, flambées, and pâtisseries; wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks are available as well. There is also a popular Sunday brunch which is a mix of sweet and salty foods served buffet style and includes mixed meat from the grill as well–reservations are required. The café is found right at the entrance, with tables spread out under a canopy of trees–ah, it’s hard not to feel at ease!

After the café, head over to the boutique where you can find wine and other products from the property; we stocked up on some regional Chasselas, Garanoir, and Rosé. We also had our eye on adorable quilted stuffed animals for children, as well as some floral tea sets, and a darling little birdhouse. 
Whether you’re a couple, a family, a group of friends, or single–this is a beautiful way to spend a morning or afternoon–strolling amongst nature’s best, on one of the most delightful properties in Vaud. 

Jardin des Iris
Open from 10 May-22 June
9h-18h
Tickets are 15CHF, children 11 and under are free

Brunch Information (served on Sundays and holidays):
55CHF per person (without drinks), children ages 4-12 are 28CHF
Reservations: 079 844 68 60 or cafe@jardindesiris.ch

Comments

  1. ameliegalois Reply

    what a reward after the bike ride to climb up there! the tickets would complement perfectly the bike I'll give my boyfriend for our first year anniversary 🙂

  2. Honestly this place looks absolutely gorg, and I really wouldn't mind admiring the beautiful flowers while drinking a glass (or two) of Chasselas 🙂

  3. I am not going to leave Lausanne during Ascension this year, so a little trip to the Jardins de Iris would be a great thing to do 🙂 (and I really hope the sun gets to join me!!!!)

  4. I can almost smell the flowers! Wouldn't it be grand to have the full experience of flowers, art and the café with the love of my life?!

  5. My husband is finally moving here after a month of living apart – it would be perfect to celebrate our new life in Lausanne with a day trip to this amazing space! : )

  6. I would love to go there to celebrate the end of the semester and get some energy to start revising for the exams! 🙂

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