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Tropical Gardens in Honfleur
Tropical Gardens in Honfleur

Naturospace Butterfly House and Tropical Gardens in Honfleur, Normandy

by Susan Keefe.


With the summer holidays upon us and many people having friends and family to stay, this week I thought I would tell you in this week’s gardening article about the largest tropical garden in France, which is situated on the northern edge of Honfleur town. Being situated at the edge of the town is not a problem for parking though because it is next to the town’s park and gardens and there is plenty of parking at the nearby Boulevard Charles V, Honfleur, 14600.

The Naturospace Butterfly House which was built in 1998 contains the tropical gardens, and is the culmination of the dream of Benoit Damico who originally created “Sarl Emeraude” in French Guiana to develop a chrysalis farming activity. Whilst in Guiana he took part in scientific expeditions and enjoyed explored southern forest, developing a good knowledge of Amazon rainforest environment. It is now run it with the support of an especially committed team and attracts many thousands of visitors a year.

The butterfly house is a 14,000 ft² building 10,764 ft² of which is a tropical glasshouse. It is open from February to the end of November (closed December and January). This looks like it would be an amazing place to visit for all the family, as it not only contains many exotic plants such as orchids, bougainvilleas and pineapple trees, but many different species of butterflies from around the world.

More information can be found on this website http://honfleur-normandy.naturospace.com/


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