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The Silière gardens, Cohons

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1st Prize Jardin VMF 2017: Rehabilitation of a historic garden

The Silière gardens were created shortly after the construction of the house known as the “Château de Cohons” (1659). They are a contemporary of the grounds of Versailles, the work for which began in late 1661. Family tradition attributes the design to André Le Nôtre. The house and gardens are listed as Historic Monuments.

The gardens extend over 3 hectares and are entirely enclosed by dry-stone walls. They are set out on a slope and the Silière spring, a hundred metres outside the walls, provides water by gravity for the fountain and water jets.
With its symmetrical layout, omnipresent water, box edging, yew topiary and statues evocative of mythology, Silière appears at first glance to be a perfect “French-style” garden. Beneath its Classical composition, the garden in fact tells the story of Man’s symbolic journey from his birth (the circular pond symbolising the waters in the womb) to his childhood and adolescence (guided by the lines of pruned lime trees), his quest for power represented by Jason), material wealth (the Golden Path) and, finally, for love, embodied by Orpheus, to his accomplishment (represented by a bust of the Sun King at the top of the garden).


The house was sold between Langres families during the 18th century. In 1812, it was bought by François Bertrand, who had owned the grounds since 1808, erecting two stone Snails there. In 1846, his son-in-law, Pierre Jacquinot, gave in to the fashion for Picturesque and added a romantic walk to the harmonious garden. To do this, he diverted some of the water from the spring and had a channel dug for a small stream. The walk meanders alongside the stream, which forms a waterfall then flows over a tuffaceous rock. Trees were planted during this period; they are now 170 years old and over 30 metres high. The wooded part, with its weeping beech, lime, maple, sycamore, ash, spruce and wild box, has been awarded the “Ensemble Arboré Remarquable” (outstanding collection of trees) label.

The Silière garden offers an original combination of Classicism and Picturesque in a place of beauty and tranquillity that puts man back in touch with the meaning of life.


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  • OPENING 2020

    The garden is open from May 1st to November 11th.
    - by appointment (06 10 74 10 70) from 1 May to 30 June and from 1 October to 11 November.
    - open every day in July, August and September with guided tours at 11am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm.

  • PRICES 2020

    Adult : 7 €.
    Children under 12 years old: Free of charge
    Family rate (parents + children 12/18 years old) : 20 €.


  • EVENTS 2020

    - Jardins ouverts pour le Neurodon les 9-10 mai 2020
    Visites guidées à 15 h et 16 h 30 : tarifs habituels
    2 euros seront reversés à la Fédération de la Recherche sur le Cerveau, FRC Neurodon (
    - Rendez-vous au Jardin les 6-7 juin 2020
    Visites guidées à 15 h et 16 h 30 : tarifs habituels
    - Le thème de l’année 2020 est La transmission des savoirs :
    « l’art des jardins à travers les siècles, illustré au jardin de Silière ».

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