Just 10 minutes from Morges, the Gardens of the Château de Vullierens are unique in Switzerland. The castle, with a view of Lake Geneva and the Alps, is the precious guardian of a garden of more than 30 hectares.
Originally dedicated to irises - over 400 varieties bloom in spring and are available for purchase - they have expanded considerably in recent years to become a must-see destination for lovers of gardens, flowers and sculptures.
The Château of Vullierens Gardens near Morges are the most delightful setting for nature excursions, offering visitors a stunning walk through irises, lilies, roses and ancient trees.
Open every year from April to October. During the iris flowering season – from May to mid-June – the garden is a riot of colour with more than 50,000 flowers representing more than 400 varieties.
A collection of over 90 contemporary sculptures, growing every year, enchants visitors and completes this magical place.
Art in the gardens...
The arrival of art in the gardens of the Château de Vullierens coincides with the marriage of the current owner to Dorianna Destenay, a painter. It was she who inspired and initiated the sculpture collection, particularly following her meeting with Manuel Torres.
Over the years, the collection has grown and more than 90 contemporary and monumental sculptures are currently on display in the Gardens, created by Swiss and international artists - Beverly Pepper, Alan Jones, Gillian White, Laura Ford, Dorothy Cross, Christian Lapie, Etienne Krahenbuhl, Manuel Torres, Pol Quadrens, Manuel Carbonnel, Mireille Fulpius, Carles Valverde, Herbert Mehler, Werner Pokorny, Davide Rivalta, etc. Every year new pieces are to be discovered.
...and a bouquet of artists in the Castle's outbuildings
Some creations deserve other attentions. That of a quiet place protected from the elements. Each year the Châtelain provides artists and visitors with a three-storey space in the outbuildings of the Château.
From March 2023, 2 manual wheelchairs, 1 electric wheelchair and 1 electric traction aid are available to customers. This will make the gardens' paths accessible to people with reduced mobility.
For families – King Lizard opens the doors of his kingdom to the visitors. Sheltered from the trees, it shares its treasures and history with young and old.
Born from a generous nature sculpted by time, a kingdom is revealed to children. At the bend of a path under the secular trees, it tells the story of King Lizard and his friends. A world made of nature, to touch, to see, to listen and to feel. The King Lizard’s Kingdom is a tribute to the richness of a preserved nature that generously offers its treasures. Let your imagination and creativity run free and it will become your Kingdom.
Ask for your map of the King Lizard’s Kingdom at the entrance of the gardens.
Find the opening hours on their website.