1st – 6 September 2014
This area of Normandy is remarkable for it’s wealth of beautiful gardens. Islands of acid clay soil within a region that is predominantly chalk, plus a mild climate means that the variety of planting styles are very varied. Our visits included several gardens around Varangeville where, in September, the woodland gardens are filled with spectacular hydrangeas, with flowers varying in colour from lime-tinted cream through to cool blues and rich red burgundies. Later in the week, in the apple orchards and rolling hills around Bayeux, we found that the geography favours the planting of beech hedges, roses and perennials.
The Normandy passion for gardens also meant the styles of the gardens we visited were very varied, from the contemporary perennial planting of Jardin Plume and of jungly Jardin Agapanthe, to the Arts and Crafts gardens of Les Bois Moutiers. We also visited the historic 18th century gardens of the Chateaux of Miromesnil and Brécy and finally Monet’s garden at Giverny with the waterlillies and vibrant colours that inspired his iconic paintings.
Adding to the enjoyment of our visit was our stay in a small comfortable hotel near Dieppe, a renovated ‘Clos Masure’, a traditional Pay de Caux farm enclosed by beech trees. September was the perfect time to enjoy the local ‘terroir’ including fabulous cheeses, freshly picked apples and crisp ciders. We are preparing a late June 2015 tour to Normandy to include some days in northern Brittany, les Cotes d’Armor, to visit some unique gardens.
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