19 – 24 September 2018
A particularly good selection of private gardens in Provence, created by leading local landscape designers, has been chosen for this tour. Those in the Luberon are influenced by Nicole de Vesian who created her personal garden, La Louve, in Bonnieux. An impressive Land Art garden near Eygalieres at the foot of Les Alpilles was designed by Alain David Idoux, a pupil of de Vesian
In addition we discover gardens created by Dominique Lafourcade, an influential designer from St Remy de Provence.
Cypress trees, country roads lined with majestic plane trees, olive trees and vines, with the backdrop of craggy limestone hills or forested mountains are just part of the superb Provence landscape. The climate is a challenge with hot summers, the fierce Mistral blowing down the Rhone valley, lack of water, and even cold winters. The gardens are stunning.
We are based in Avignon in a most gracious, beautifully restored hotel just behind the Palais des Papes. Hotel La Mirande, originally built in the eighteenth century, is family owned and managed. Renowned for its gastronomic restaurant, seasonal local dishes are produced by the head chef and his team.
The climate in September is balmy and warm.
Layers are recommended from lightweight summer to a jacket in case of the Mistral.
Good, comfortable shoes for the garden visits. Smart casual for the evening.
The direct Eurostar train from London St Pancras to Avignon TGV station and return is available at the time of printing.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Wifi is available in the hotel.
Terraced gardens with steps and undulating terrain.