The beauty of spring to be celebrated at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild this weekend

This weekend, the gardens of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on Saint Jean Cap Ferrat will host the annual Fête des Roses et des Plantes. This year’s event holds a special significance as it commemorates the 160th anniversary of the birth of Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi.  

On 4th and 5th May, the 13th edition of the Roses and Plants Festival will pay tribute to the founder and creator of the nine glorious gardens of the estate, Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi, who was born in 1864. Roses were a particular favourite of the Baroness and will take centre stage at the botanical springtime event.  

The outdoor spaces she created at this Belle Époque gem of real estate, which sits at the heart of the exclusive peninsular, have been classed as a Remarkable Garden by France’s Ministry of Culture and are well worth a visit at any time of the year, but they are especially beautiful in spring.  

Amongst the Andalusian Garden, the Florentine Garden, the Lapidary Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Exotic Garden, the Provençal Garden and the Rose Garden, it is the perfectly manicured French Garden in front of the pink Venetian-style villa that is the most famous. It is here that the majority of the festival’s action will take place. 

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From stalls and exhibitions to shows and even concerts, an array of activities and attractions suitable for visitors of all ages are being laid on by the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its team this weekend. A favourite with returning guests are the guided tours of the gardens and workshops with horticultural experts.  

Access to the villa will still be available for heritage enthusiasts who wish to discover the Baroque-style antique furniture and décor of the property. 

The festival will take place between 10am and 7pm on both days. Entrance for over 18s costs €17, while tickets for those aged seven to 17 years of age cost €12. Children aged six and under go free. A family ticket costs €48.  

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