Latour-Marliac

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Closes at 06:00 pm

Opening hours subject to change depending on the health context

Useful information

  • Remarkable Garden

Location : In the countryside

Province : Vallée du Lot

Services

  • Cash
  • Credit card accepted
  • Garden
  • Groups
  • Lake side/River banks
  • Open all year round
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant voucher
  • Terrace
  • English
    • Latour-Marliac is above all a nursery which was founded in 1875 by Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac for propagation, cultivation and marketing of hardy water lilies. Before setting up his nursery, Latour-Marliac had figured out how to hybridize water lilies by a process that has remained a mystery. The need existed, because at that time the only hardy water lily in Europe was the white water lily, Nymphaea alba. By crossing this variety with tropical water lilies, and then with other wild varieties from America and elsewhere, Latour-Marliac was able to create a collection of water lilies whose palette ranged from delicate yellow with fuchsia, up to intense red.

      In 1889, Latour-Marliac presented his hybrids at the Universal Exhibition in Paris; thus his plants of a new kind were unveiled at the same time as the Eiffel Tower. Installed in the water gardens in front of the Trocadéro, the hybrid water lilies caused a sensation and won the first prize in their category. More importantly, they caught the eye of the painter Claude Monet who was amazed and fell under their spell.

      In 1894, once the Giverny pond was completed, Claude Monet ordered a large quantity of water lilies from Latour-Marliac; invoices are still in our archives. These same water lilies were to become the subject of his famous murals, Les Nymphéas, now on display at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris, and more than 200 paintings.

      Ultimately, it is thanks to Latour-Marliac and Monet that the rustic water lily is part of French heritage today.

      In 2007 the property was acquired by Robert Sheldon, who has extensive experience with water lilies and water gardens.


      HOURS:

      Garden visit: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 15 to October 15
      Restaurant: Tuesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from May 1 to September 30
      Summer evenings: dinner concerts on Sunday evenings in July/August

      PRICES:

      Adults: 7.50€ with guide booklet
      Children 6-12 years old: 3.75€ with treasure hunt
      Children under 6: free
      Groups (10 people or more): 5.50€ per person (+ 50€ for the 1 hour guided tour)
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Traveller Reviews Latour-Marliac

4.4 sur 5 166 reviews

  • Emmelina Audigier-Prade

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Emmelina Audigier-Prade on 05/07/2020

    A really lovely place to visit. It is well worth making a reservation with the restaurant when you arrive.

  • morava.266

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by morava.266 on 24/08/2018

    A completely charming and very beautiful place. This is clearly a special place to regenerate your imagination amongst nature.

  • Juf Naomi

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Juf Naomi on 26/06/2019

    Wonderful place!!

Traveller Reviews Latour-Marliac

4.5 sur 5 212 reviews

  • "Unexpexted treat!"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Rick2350 (Armidale) on 08/10/2019

    Visited Latour-Marliac without high expectations and came away after really enjoying this site! Spent some hours and enjoyed the cafe. Highly recommend!

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  • "Incredible"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by David-Travels2 (Utah) on 17/09/2019

    What a treat to tour a nursery with such historical value. We were there as part of an International Water Garden Symposium and were delighted to share in the event. The new owner, Rob, has made...

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  • "Could have been a 6 star it was so good."

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by johnn798 (Camberley, United Kingdom) on 09/09/2019

    The beauty and delicacy of the lilies speak for themselves. The mixture varieties and their colours is amazing. What adds to the experience is the layout of the grounds and the simple history of the...

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Latour-Marliac

Address

ZI Le Bourg
47110 Le Temple-sur-Lot

Contacts

Phone : 05 53 01 08 05

GPS coordinates

44° 22'39.02"N, 0° 31'31.57"E

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