Hotel Lemon’s garden

During the day you can enjoy the garden surrounded by lemon trees, secular palm trees, banana trees, and a magnificent Solandra that clambers on the building, but mostly the sun that shines 316 days a year creating thus a pleasant temperature all year long.
Since the XVIIIth century, the city’s reputation is based on the quality of its botanic gardens. It is the town where the lemon tree grows in full soil. During the XIXth century, thanks to Menton micro-climate, some botanist, mainly English ones, introduced tropical and subtropical species thus composing the original vegetal harmonies which today make Menton an open-air greenhouse.

The species found at Hotel Lemon:

3 lemon trees

The lemon tree is an erect tree that reaches rapidly 2,50 – 3 m. Its yellow fruit is well known all over the world. Menton, a great producer of this fruit since centuries, has made it its emblem. Delicious in tarts, the lemon brings its zest to several dishes a well as its acid and juicy pulp. The lemon tree arbours large perfumed leaves and white flowers. The flowering is long and often renewed.

2 palm trees

The palm tree is not a tree but a monocotyledon. The stipe is to the palm tree what the trunk is to the tree. It supports terminal leaves and forms itself with fibrous petioles piling up dead leaves.

1 Solandra

The trumpet vine is a vine originally from Mexico. Its flowering is magnificent and the flowers, shaped like trumpets, are of rare elegance. The upkeeping of this vine is easy and it will readily climb along a trellis or a fence.

4 bougainvilles

Tropical (even subtropical) plant, the Bougainville arrives in France at the end of the 18th century when the botanist Philibert Commerson, member of a Brasilian expedition, discovers this flowers which he will call Bougainville in honour of his Commander Bougainville. It will become therefore synonym of adventure in the floral language. The flowering is generous from Springtime until the end of Fall, whereas the dark green leaves persist all year long. The Bougainville is part of the perfumed climbing plants.

1 magnolia

When in 1711, a magnificent "Laurier tulipier" was landed in the port of Nantes, its splendid shiny foliage did not leave one indifferent. However, it was thought to be too fragile to withstand the winters of the city. It took nearly 20 years to regain its beautiful vigour and give its first flower. Its success will not wait any longer. Propagation by sowing will not give any result, but the technique of layering will ensure a beautiful offspring to this "glorious child of the Mississippi". In 1764, François Bonamy, a doctor and botanist from Nantes, identified it under the name Magnolia grandiflora.

1 Jacaranda

The jacaranda is a very beautiful tree native to tropical Latin America and Madagascar, particularly appreciated for the magnificent mauve flowers it offers during the summer.

1 Banana tree

Considered the largest grass in the world, the banana tree is a very interesting tropical plant that can be grown in our climates under certain conditions.