The medieval garden

Trizay Abbey, which was founded at the turn of the 11th and 12th centuries, is reviving the tradition of the medieval garden. Covering more than 1,500 m2 at the entrance to the monastery, this garden comprises 5 areas planted with plant species that were cultivated between the 9th and 14th centuries, before the discovery of the Americas. :

The Cloister, planted with the decorative plants found in gardens at the end of the Middle Ages. The knights who returned from the Crusades brought back new plants and imbued the gardens with images of the Orient. In the centre, the fountain, from which flow the four rivers that irrigate the land.

The herbularius, The “simples” were grown in a square, a perfect shape, the work of God. Unlike apothecaries, these plants are used without preparation.

The hortus,the vegetable garden, as the monks live in virtual self-sufficiency and must also show hospitality.

Le pré-haut, or natural meadow, a place to rest.

The orchard, the tree embodying resurrection in the Middle Ages.