We went last year and fell in love with the property–the luscious landscapes, the panoramic view of the lake and vineyards below, the hundreds of varieties of flowers, and the darling café set under a canopy of trees. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Floralies de Vullierens, and they have chosen to dedicate this year to women. Amongst the gardens are monumental sculptures, one entitled Paradigme which resembles a wooden labyrinth created by Mireille Fulpius, and another called My Twist, a corten steel sculpture that stands five meters tall by Beverly Pepper. There’s also a new addition this year called Muni’s Garden which hosts over 2,000 tulips–now that’s a sight to see!
But one of the most exciting parts of this year’s 60th anniversary celebration is a chance to discover the gardens under the stars. The Château de Vullierens is organizing two special evenings on June 4th and June 11th that begin with a dinner concocted by Guillaume Trouillot at the Café des Jardins made with local ingredients right from Vullierens. Before the meal, everyone will be asked to solve a puzzle that will reveal your passage into the gardens (we love this!). After you enjoy your meal, the real fun begins–with a flashlight and underneath the light of the stars, you will make your way to five stops throughout the garden; stories will be told, artists will present their pieces, and in the end you may have a few tales to tell too. And to close the evening, you get to head back to the café for dessert and coffee.
Make a reservation: 021 869 88 80 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you just want to visit the gardens, they are open for visitors until June 13 and tickets can be purchased on site. There is also a Sunday brunch which you can read more about here.
Visit the website for more information: http://www.jardinsdesiris.ch