The gardens offer a unique and fun getaway for all ages. A butterfly-shaped maze, of giant games, of animations throughout the year to play, awaken your senses in the footsteps of the novelist Colette. In short, a must-have in our top 14 visits.

Colette Gardens: a Gaillard and responsible destination!

  1. Reasonable water management has been applied for several years and plants adapted to drought are favored.
  2. All organic matter is used (decoration, compost, furniture construction, etc.). Here we are responsible and not guilty!
  3. Implementation of eco-grazing for many years.
  4. Since 2022, the park has become a refuge for the Bird Protection League. 
  5. Many activities to do with the family and outdoors: giant games, maze...
  6. Want to bring back a souvenir? An on-site shop offers local and high quality products.


The gardens are designed as a tribute to Colette and all the places where she lived. This 5 ha floral park takes you on an endearing journey to Burgundy (native region), then to Franche-Comté (during her marriage to Willy), to Brittany, to Corrèze (where her daughter Bel-Gazou was born), in Provence (where she met her last husband). Finally, the journey ends at the Garden of the Royal Palace where she died. 

view of Colette's gardens in Spring

The maze

The butterfly-shaped maze extends over an area of ​​5000 m² for the pleasure of young and old adventurers! 

Go on an adventure in these wicker aisles and be smart: during your journey, you will come across 5 doors (including two water doors) and to open them, you will have to solve puzzles....

Aerial view of the butterfly-shaped Jardins de Colette labyrinth

Games for the whole family

Between the forest with bells, dominoes, jenga, Mikado and Morpion games that punctuate the gardens, children will not notice time passing and older ones will find their child's soul again. 

Another space is dedicated to the schoolgirl Claudine, a character created by Colette. A schoolyard invites you to rediscover children's games: skipping ropes, bungee games, marble runs or even playing tag...

Finally, a treasure hunt is available to children. They are invited to carry out an investigation with the notorious detective Labigle. You have to solve a puzzle by finding friends from the gardens hidden along the route. A reward awaits you upon arrival!


The Colette Gardens are open from April to All Saints' Day. In addition to the guided tours that are offered, the opening period is punctuated by numerous activities.

Easter in the Gardens

The festivities begin with Easter: in addition to the traditional egg hunt, children will be able to have their face painted and enjoy occasional shows.

More information on Easter in the Gardens

Meet at the Gardens

At the beginning of June, the Colette Gardens take part in the national event: Meet at the gardens. 

More information about Meet at the Gardens

children dressed as ghosts during the Halloween party at Jardins de Colette

Summer nights

In July and August, on some Wednesdays, evening events are scheduled and allow visitors to picnic on site and enjoy a musical atmosphere and the gardens.

Night program

Halloween at Colette Gardens

Visitors can come in disguise, participate in workshops (face painting, pumpkin cutting), attend shows and discover the gardens decorated for the occasion.

More information on Halloween

In conclusion, the Colette Gardens can be visited several times a year without weariness!

Useful information :

  • The gardens can be visited independently or with a guide. 1-hour guided tours are offered in April, May, June, September and October by reservation (excluding entertainment) and in July and August on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 15 p.m.  (Possibility to book outside of scheduled times with a minimum of 4 people, 48 hours in advance subject to availability). 
  • Dogs on a leash are accepted.
  • The gardens are non-smoking.
  • A tea room welcomes you: hot and cold drinks, ice creams and waffles.

Find all the information on the website Colette Gardens.


Our tip Butterflies in Colette Gardens

Picnic for several people at the Jardins de Colette

Combining literature and botany is the challenge that the Colette Gardens in Varetz invite you to take on. It is in the elegant castle of Castel Novel that the writer, known for her love for nature, lived with her husband. Ready ? In addition to the superb gardens, a butterfly-shaped maze will make you drive round the bend. Once released, you can have a family picnic among the trees and have fun with the XXL-sized games.

1119 Route de Roland Garros
19240 Varetz
05 55 86 75 35

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