Project Description

Welcome to a unique place! A garden where hundreds of plants, minerals and even birds in harmony follow you throughout your visit, while the Path of Sounds will take you to the discovery of the world of sounds of the most sacred places in Asia. Cultural and Botanical, this garden was created thanks to the passion of Benoit Lange for Asia. One may find in this garden part of the eclectic strength of the Asian continent, its tolerance of thought and its creative spirit. Every stone, every plant was chosen and placed there in the respect for tradition.

A PLACE WITH A UNIQUE ATMOSPHERE FOR BOTH EYES AND EARS!

The Zen Garden, or in other words, the precious garden.

Meetings in Asia with the fantastic gardens of Suzhou, Hangzhou, Bali, Sarnath, Kandy and Maulévrier in France were an inspiration to realize this site which is unique in Switzerland and exceptional in Europe. We find in this garden the eclectic strength of Asia, its tolerance of thought and his passion for life. Let yourself go on the roads of the world, because the Zen Garden is an invitation to travel and discovery.

To help in that, employees of the Zen Garden have traveled throughout Asia to brought back completely unique stuff. You will find in this garden a fossilized, millions years old tree from Java, a Chinese miniature village bustling with hundreds of porcelain figurines, an authentic tea pavilion from Bali, a giant gong from the Himalaya, etc.

140 species of plants, some at an early stage, others in full adolescence are or will be pruned or billowing in a cloud shape. The vegetation is composed of plants with spring and summer flowers, which take interesting colors at the arrival of the autumn season in which persistent flowers still accompany tourists. Among these plants, we discover over 120 species directly from Asia. Each plant family has a description in French and its botanical name.

This garden has a logical construction meaning, following the lines of Feng Shui and the rules of conduct of a Zen garden to offer visitors a place more pleasant and harmonious. Dozens of fish travel the canal and pond, turtles bask in the sun and birds from Asia or elsewhere sing throughout the day in the aviary on the hill of meditation. The pool areas are inhabited by several species of amphibians.

Moreover, water is a key element in the design of this open space as it winds almost everywhere through the garden. It changes appearance throughout its journey, quiet pool, slightly agitated, tumultuous cascade, as the stages of human life. Site staff works in the most friendly environmentally way as possible. Thus, the garden is equipped with a rainwater collection system that allows regular “natural” watering.

If you visit the Zen Garden, you will also have the possibility to see (and hear!) the Path of Sounds. Get caught by Asian sounds from Burmese, Korean or Japanese bells, old drums and gongs, which now adorn the Zen Garden. In Asia, the music which rises from bells represents universal harmony and wards off evil spirits. A fun trail full of discoveries that takes you over 6,000 square meters!

SCHEDULES AND INFORMATIONS

Open 7 days a week from April to October : Sunday to Friday from 1.30pm to 6.30pm / Saturday from 10am to 6.30pm.

Guided tours take place from 9am to 5pm by reservation only (see www.lejardinzen.ch in French).

Drinks, ice cream, snacks on the beautiful garden terrace. Catering available at the restaurant in yurts 200 m from the Zen Garden.

FEES

Adults : CHF 9.- / Family (2 adults and 2 children) : CHF 19.-

Entrance for children up to 6 years old is free / From 6 to 12 years old: CHF 6.-

Audioguide : CHF 1.50.-

MY OPINION ABOUT THIS VISIT

A little piece of Asia in Switzerland, that’s how we could sum up the Zen Garden of Aigle. It is a true peace of haven and with a bit of luck, you will be the only visitors and thoroughly enjoy your visit in quiet environment, while taking a delicious tea in a small pagoda where you can enjoy a splendid view from what is also called the “Garden of the permanent transformation”. A magical place to visit preferably in the spring, but the place can nevertheless be seen in all seasons:

Spring or Birth: A bud, everything grows, lives his growing, so we can talk here about the first age.

Summer or young adult life: This is the time of year when trees and shrubs continue to grow to get a rich and dense foliage.

Autumn or old age: The leaves fall and the trees are preparing to begin their long period of peace and rest in meditative introspection.

Winter or the “little death”: Most shrubs have lost their leaves and appear to die, they then have the wisdom of an elapsed cycle and wait patiently until their reborn in spring when the new sap awakens them. As for perennials, their almost immutable foliage gives an overview of immortality.