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Plunge into some greenery this autumn

Dig It! // Gardening & Green Spaces // By Hester Macdonald // Sept. 18, 2017

The weather here in Switzerland is due to improve again, so it’s a good time to get out and about and enjoy some gardens and plants over the next couple of weeks. This week Hester looks at things to do as summer comes to an end.

DigIt! Plunge into some greenery this autumn

About an hour and a half from Geneva is the medieval city of Bourg en Bresse in the département of Ain. Best known for the magnificent Brou Royal Monastery, it is also host to the Floralies event every four years. The Floralies showcases the considerable talents of various communes, cities, as well as student landscaper teams from as far afield as French Polynesia and Quebec. The communes and cities build large and impressive stands, and the young landscapers build unique temporary gardens to compete for an international award. 

The theme this year is water, and having visited on opening day last Friday, I can safely say that the interpretation is a great example of the inventive capabilities of the individual communes – from the huge pink umbrellas that spray water for the Mairie de Saint Vulbas to the superb “Hokusai” tsunami wave made of plastic bottles by a Sculpture workshop in Bourg

Also in the Suisse Romande region is the Chateau de Prangins “Déjeuner sur l’Herbe”, a chance to visit both the chateau and the gorgeous sunken vegetable garden for free, on Sunday 24th of September.  There will be plenty to enjoy, costumed guides, music, dancing, artisanal treats from the region, produce from the gardens as well as the very popular Fashion Show where members of the public who have dressed up for that year’s theme get a chance to demonstrate their talents. Bring or buy a picnic and watch the day unfold in front of you.


If you’re lucky enough to live near Durnten in the canton of Zurich, then you will be able to enjoy the spectacle that is the Autumn Festival at the Meier Garden Centre. The Herbfest runs from the 21st to the 23rd of September, and there will be plenty to see, do, taste, as well as the usual expert advice from the Meier team to help you choose the best herbs, fruit trees, berries and plants for containers for the autumn.  

Further afield, the fabulous Orticolario show in Lake Como is coming up in two weeks, over the last weekend in September. You can see show gardens, enjoy art, buy plants, accessories, and much more, as well as appreciating the incredible setting on the banks of Lake Como.The show is open from the 29th of September to the 1 October.

If you want to prepare some spring flowers for your own garden, check out our video of how to plant spring bulbs!




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