The maulévrier oriental park is the story of a forgotten garden. it was originally created at the beginning of the 20th century
when alexandre marcel, the famous architect and expert on the orient, redesigned the gardens of château colbert with the help of the gardeners and the support of the owners.
A forgotten garden: when Alexandre Marcel died, the garden fell into a state of abandon between 1940 and 1980
and many of the plant varieties and garden structures were lost.
Japanese experts: since 1980 the park has belonged to Maulevrier town council and is managed by
a charitable association. With the help of numerous volunteers and permanent staff the garden was gradually restored.
In 1987, 3 Japanese experts recognised the park as an example of the great landscape gardens of the Edo
period (17th and 19th century), with historical and symbolic importance. Since then, 12 hectares
have been transformed into a Japanese landscape and receive permanent attention from gardeners and
The garden at night: from May to September the park offers musical and poetic evening strolls through the garden,
in the spirit of the nocturnal visits to Japanese gardens. These strolls begin at night falls and a mysterious and
magical atmosphere is created by the clever lighting which does not destroy the darkness of the night.