Coutances Dahlia Exhibition

[oqeygallery id=35]On this winter day when once again my eye sees nothing but white covering the neutrals of bark and evergreens, I decided to share pictures of a dahlia garden in France.  I was told it was one of the oldest Dahlia expositions in France; located just outside the town of Coutances, near the west coast of France.  The town itself is has a historic cathedral and town hall, and living up to the town’s three flower Ville Fleuri status, it was well decorated with plantings when I visited.

But I chose to stay in Granville, on the ocean.  My room had a view of a bump in the ocean that I undertstood to be Mount Saint Michel.  It was off season and inexpensive except my weekend corresponded with a fleet of sailboats from England, an annual sporting event, and the restaurants were full of English speaking people with wind burns.

The location of the dahlia exhibition is a gardening school, Lycée Agricole de Coutances.  In addition to the dahlia display, which is only worth visiting in late summer or fall, the students have well-landscaped exhibition gardens, and the commercial greenhouses were impressive.

The gallery starts with two pictures in the town of Coutances, the cathedral and the town hall.  Then shots of the dahlias.  As I looked at my pictures, I realized that the majority of my favorites were in the warm colors so I pruned down that collection.  It was hard.  Lilac Times is one of my favorites in cool colors, enhanced by the dark stems on the plants.  The last two shots are of Granville.  My hotel is the closest one high on the right and my room was one of those with the ocean colored balconies.  I’d thought I might visit Mount Saint Michel on my unplanned day during my stay but with such a nice situation, it seemed silly to go get in my car and drive to another place to see the ocean.  I wandered around the town; walked a cliff walk to Jardin Christian Dior; took pictures; walked back along the ocean; watched people sail the sky.  Lovely day; lovely memory for a snowy New England weekend.