Human habitation in Lauris dates back to prehistoric times. Through the ages, with ready access to water and a defensive position on the crest of a hill, this town has clearly enjoyed the benefits of its strategic location. Centuries later Lauris is a sun-baked, slightly sleepy village in Provence, with a remarkable garden!
Tethered to a cliff edge overlooking the Durance River and the plains of the Luberon you will find a unique garden in this hilltop village. Envisioned and operated by Couleur Garance, the garden is located on what were the terraces of the 18th century Chateau de Lauris.
Garden Conservatoire de Plante Tinctoriales is dedicated to the role that natural tinting materials played in Lauris’ past and has achieved the label of ‘Jardin Remarkable’ in 2011, joining the ranks of many other beautiful gardens in France.
For a self-guided tour of the 250-300 plants, there is a Plan du Jardin and information panels, or join one of two guided tours each week in the summer months. It is definitely worth a visit.