The Vullierens Gardens in the Morges hills are an absolute oasis of beauty. The chateau, with its view over Lake Geneva and the Alps, is the precious guardian of 30 hectares of gardens which are covered with almost 50,000 flowers in the spring, mainly irises.
The Château of Vullierens Gardens near Morges are the most delightful setting for nature excursions, offering visitors a stunning walk through irises, lilies, roses and ancient trees.
Open during the iris flowering season – from May to mid-June – the garden is a riot of colour with more than 50,000 flowers representing more than 400 varieties.
Although the house itself is not open to the public, the gardens have a lot to offer, with a collection of about 85 sculptures which changes every year, local wine tastings and a restaurant serving delicious meals and Sunday brunch.
Children visit for free and can enjoy the treasure hunt and story trails. Guides can tell you all you want to know about the history of the gardens and their creator, Doreen Bovet. Booking is required.
In spring, the gardens are open from 1 May to 20 June 2021, Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The Café des Jardins, the shop and the gallery are open. Wine tasting is possible. "Planchettes du terroir" are available at weekends only.
In summer, the estate is open from 23 June to 22 August 2021, Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00. Gallery and shop open. The Café des Jardins is closed, "Planchettes du terroir" are available every day.
In autumn, we are open every weekend from August 28 to October 31 2021 from 12:00 to 18:00. Gallery and Boutique open. The Café des Jardins is closed, local planks are offered every day.
Art in the gardens...
The arrival of art in the gardens of the Château de Vullierens coincides with the marriage of the current lord of the manor to Dorianna Destenay, a painter. It was she who inspired and initiated the sculpture collection, particularly following her meeting with Manuel Torres.
Over the years, the collection has grown and more than 80 contemporary and monumental sculptures are currently on display in the Gardens, created by Swiss and international artists - Beverly Pepper, Alan Jones, Gillian White, Laura Ford, Dorothy Cross, Christian Lapie, Etienne Krahenbuhl, Manuel Torres, Pol Quadrens, Manuel Carbonnel, Mireille Fulpius, Carles Valverde, Herbert Mehler, Werner Pokorny, Davide Rivalta, etc. Every year new pieces are to be discovered.
...and a bouquet of artists in the Castle's outbuildings
Some creations deserve other attentions. That of a quiet place protected from the elements. Each year the Châtelain provides artists and visitors with a three-storey space in the outbuildings of the Château for six weeks.
Download the map of the gardens and sculptures opposite.