Association pour la Protection et la Sauvegarde des Hortillonnages
Cultivated since ancient times by the 'Hortillons'`(marsh market gardeners), these astonishing gardens are THE wonder of Amiens. Just imagine a 300 hectare maze of water and plots of land (which seem to float) right in the middle of town! They can only be accessed by boat.Tours every pm april to oct
Waiting to be discovered : An arboretum of 20 hectares, created in the 19th century. A surprisingly wide range of trees; the air is full of their fragrance. Children will love the llamas which they can stroke and take for a walk.
Not far from Amiens (just 10km to the north), the Cueillette de Saint-Gratien (pick your own farm) will delight all those who don't have a garden. Fill up with fruits and garden vegetables. Take one of the wheelbarrows supplied and pick your own - strawberries, apples, radishes, lettuce, beans ...
19th century farm buildings at centre of the village. This is the place to find out about flower growing: annuals, geraniums, chrysanthemums, perennials... Enjoy a tea-time treat based on flowers: marigold petal cake, nasturtium fritters, geranium flavoured madeleines!
Catherine welcomes you to her lovely garden (a real picture!). You start in the Land of the Rising Sun with a "zen" entrance planted with bamboo and weeping cherry trees... after which there are 10 hectares of borders, meadows and woods around an 18th century "country château".
This is one of the loveliest and most fascinating bays in the world. The Baie de Somme extends over 70 sq.km. from Le Marquenterre headland to Cayeux-sur-Mer. With its superb landscapes, fragile and protected, and entrancing light it has been a 'Grand Site de France' since 2011.
A goat farm waiting to be discovered. All of the milk produced by the herd is turned into delicious specialities: fromage blanc, mature 'crottins' (small round cheese called Le Bicottin), goat's cheese pasties, tomme... at the end of the tour visitors get to sample some of these delights.
Leafy setting at place where the great Normandy cliffs begin to rise. The Bois de Cise is an outstanding site, a little natural wood, originally wild and unoccupied, which became a famous seaside resort in the Belle Époque. Well worth stopping for a walk around.