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Garden Exploring in a Medieval Village near Nice

Magazine article Sunset

Garden Exploring in a Medieval Village near Nice

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Garden exploring in a medieval village near Nice

A medieval village between Nice and Monaco, Eze perches like an eagle's nest on a peak in the Maritime Alps 1,550 feet above the sea. The town's unique architecture --hewn of native rock and practically part of the natural environment-- attracts many tourists. But few of them venture to the very top of the village, where an exotic 37-year-old garden occupies 6 acres at the base of a ruined castle.

To climb the long, steep flight of stairs that leads from the village (signed Jardin Exotique), you need strong legs and a good heart. But after you enter this marvelous garden, one of the most breathtaking views in the region rewards you. You can see the entire Riviera; looking south in clear weather, you can see Corsica.

Plantings are composed of cactus and other succulents--mostly non-native, but very much acclimated to their sunny hilltop home. Many of the early-planted ones are now very tall or very large for their species. …

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