We have to thank Gaspard de Forbin, who was the first consul of Aix-en-Provence, Prosecutor of the region and faithful to Louis XIII, for rebuilding important parts of the feudal castle in the XVIIth century. These parts had been burnt by the Cascaveous.
It is to Louis de Forbin, who was a captain and a general lieutenant in the army of King Louis XIV that we owe the building of the big battlements, the corn lofts, and the subterranean vaulted parts that lead to the splendid French-style garden. Louis de Forbin had this garden designed by Le Nôtre, who was Louis XIV’s famous gardener.
On one side, the garden is delimited by the slope leading to the castle and overhung by it. On the other side, it is delimited by the river below. This garden is one of the most remarkable ones in Basse Provence from the classical era.
A path edged with plane trees and listed (put on the historical register), just like the castle and its garden, enables visitors to reach the two wrought iron gates that flank a rectangular ornamental pond that resembles a stage.
Seven flower beds of boxwood adorned with flowers surround a circular ornamental pond in which Pauline Borghèse, Napoleon I’s sister, used to bathe. In the middle of one of these flower beds, visitors will admire a gigantic sequoia that was brought back from America after the Independence War.
Under the slope to the castle, visitors will see orangeries and greenhouses, closed by metal doors dating back to the XIXth century as well as arches through which visitors will catch sight of the blocks of rocks on which the castle is built.
At the end of the boxwood and topiary sculptures (which create a sort of maze), two lateral stairways surround another ornamental pond and will lead visitors to a terrace planted with grass and adorned in its centre with a graceful goddess. At the very end of the garden, there is a monumental fountain topped by a kiosk flanked by three beautiful stone pots.