Just a couple of branches of these bring sun and a heavenly smell of spring into your room, but can you imagine a whole forest of it? It might be a bit overwhelming, but if you are ready for an unforgettable experience, hop on a plane and fly to the South of France!
There in the Esterel mountains (right next to Cannes) you will find the amazing Massif du Tanneron – the biggest mimosa forest in Europe, in its full blossom!
Tanneron. Image Credit: routedumimosa.com
Mimosa was brought to Cote d’Azur in the end of the 19th century from Australia, and it obviously liked the new surroundings! From the private gardens of nobility who used to spend winters in these places, mimosa spread throughout the whole region, especially in Mandelieu, Tanneron, La Roquette. It contributed a lot to the growth of perfume and cosmetic industry in Grasse, and whole wagons of it are shipped daily to the north of France and abroad.
Each year the locals celebrate this beautiful plant, organising Fete de Mimosa, which turn whole towns, cars and inhabitants bright yellow.
Mandelieu-La Napoule celebrates Mimosa since 1931, each year using around 12 tons of Mimosa to decorate its streets and Carnaval processions, and attracting up to 60 00 visitors.
Even if you are late for festivities don’t worry, there will still be plenty of mimosa in the forest and its fragrance in the air!
Mimosa in Cote D’Azur. Image Credit: inacircle.co
If you want to bring a memory of it back home, visit Fragonard boutique in Cannes, Grasse or in the airport.
Image Credit: Fragonard