Chateau de Chenonceau (www.chenonceau.com) on the River Cher in the Loire region, is hauntingly beautiful built astride the river. Apart from the two formal gardens created by the King’s mistress and then his wife, Chenonceau has a magnificent potager garden with both mouth-watering produce and an abundance of flowers. A team of permanent flower arrangers decorate each room in the chateau with bouquets from the garden. Visit this potager garden with us on our Loire and Le Berry – fruits of the Potager Garden.
In September Madame de Curel, whose cousin stages Courson, has her own Plant Show at Chateau de Saint Jean de Beauregard (www.domsaintjeanbeauregard.com). in the Ile de France near Paris. Our sister company French Gardens Today features a day at this show plus a visit to their marvellous potager garden. Robin Lane Fox marvelled at the show’s style and content in his FT column. This tour includes Chateau de Courances (www.courances.net) with a private garden visit with a member of the family who brings to light the beauty and intricacy of these gardens. Lunch in the gardens is just delicious!
An upcoming garden to feature in the next episode of Monty Don’s French Gardens programme is Le Prieuré d’Orsan (www.prieuredorsan.com), a delight for garden and food-lovers. We spend a couple of days here on our Loire and Le Berry – Fruits of the Potager Garden tour enjoying a cookery course with the owner, Patrice Taravella, visiting potager gardens including Villandry.
The first visit to Le Jardin Plume (www.lejardinplume.com) in Normandy left Susan with long lasting memories of a spectacular garden, one of her favourites. We include a private visit with the owners, Sylvie and Patrick Guibel on our Normandy tour in September. In June another private visit to Le Jardin Plume is arranged with French Gardens Today. It is a garden to visit in each season – inspiring, planted with panache and full of good ideas.