Les Jardins Tranquilles has been open to the public for over 20 years. They were originally named Les Jardins d'au-Delà (The Gardens of Beyond).
This name was taken from the "cadastre" (land register), which lists this stretch of land on the banks of the Dronne as simply "Au-delà de la Rivière", or "Beyond the River".
The gardens were created by a man named Jean-Pierre Texier. Born in a neighbouring village in the 30s, he was a passionate gardener.
Jean-Pierre left the Dordogne as a young man to seek a career in Paris. He returned 40 years later, his passion for wildlife as strong as ever. Upon his return, he acquired "Au-delà de la Rivière" which he spent several years converting into the gardens we know today. In 1993, Les Jardins d'au-Delà opened to the public for the first time.
Jean-Pierre's love of nature can be seen everywhere at Les Jardins. In addition to the amazing variety of flora, the gardens are also interspersed with fountains, statues and many other hidden gems.
In 2011 the gardens were acquired by Robert and Melody Stanton, a retired business couple from the UK. They have experience of gardening both in England and in Palma Mallorca, Spain.
It is their hobby and passion and they continue to maintain and improve these beautiful French gardens and keep them open for the public to enjoy.
Upon taking ownership, they renamed the gardens Les Jardins Tranquilles, a name which well describes the peace and ambiance of the location.