Historique | History
When Claire Mercier met Norman Benoit, she observed that this place, on the border of Ayer's Cliff, Magog and St. Catherine de Hatley, was a haven of peace. Indeed, with its superb landscape of lakes and mountains, it was difficult for Claire not to find this countryside beautiful. After searching for an alternative location,Norman and Claire realized that the fourth generation Benoit farm was ideal for growing roses.
Four years of planning and planting gave birth to Rose des Champs: a 4-acre garden open to visitors since 2007! There are more than 3,000 roses consisting of 850 varieties whose flowers bloom from June until frost. This garden is designed in five parts.
The first part is the series garden consists of modern and hybrid roses surrounded by Antique and Rustic roses. A walking path meanders through the garden giving access to the roses and a flowing fountain with benches surrounding it . All series of roses growing in Quebec and Canada are represented. Among the most important, the Explorer series of roses are a variety known to withstand the rigors of our winters. There are also roses from several countries.
The second part is a Greek-style garden which tells the History of the rose, we trace this plant well before the appearance of man on earth. In the 16th century, settlers brought roses with them for medicinal purposes, making it one of the oldest, if not the first European plant cultivated on American soil.
Then you can see the water garden composed of several ponds where water lilies and other aquatic plants grow surrounded by roses and perennials. These artists roses include, Celine Dion, Felix Leclerc , Emily Carr and Marilyn Monroe plus many others.The song of the frogs and dragonflies will accompany you during your visit.
Then comes the fourth part, the production garden used to harvest petals and rosehips. Many other varieties are found there for observation and sale.
The fifth part is a picnic area surrounded by a hedge of roses. You can eat under the century-old maples and overlooking the surrounding mountains is breathtaking.
Every year improvements are made on the site and new products are added. In 2011, we completed the construction of the section "History of the Rose" and a new terrace has been built around our shop!