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  1. In Sicily: a crossroads of history

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      Eastern Sicily is a land of citrus fruit and wine estates, where superb gardens with collections of plants from around the globe reflect the rich heritage of this fascinating Mediterranean island. From Ortigia in the south to Mt Etna in the north, we discover a varied and beautiful landscape, layers of history and culture from the ancient Greek to the contemporary, and small towns with vibrant street markets filled with the produce of land and sea. Among wild flowers are Etna broom, Genista aetnensis, unique to the volcano’s slopes, with delicately fragranced, yellow blooms; and mandrake, Mandragora autumnalis, spotted...
  2. A tapestry garden in Provence

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      A jewel that changed the face of gardening in Provence: the exceptional La Louve in the village of Bonnieux.  A terraced hillside is the perfect canvas for the creation of a garden on several levels featuring indigenous plants of the region and marrying them with natural materials from the surrounding landscape. Created by the late Nicole de Vesian, a designer with Hermes, the garden features vistas to east and west, towards hills and valley. Trees and shrubs are strongly shaped and trained – there are Japanese influences here. Closely clipped plants of the Mediterranean coastal region, or garrigue, including...
  3. Le Jardin Plume

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      A highlight of our September tour in northern France: A beautiful, airy garden created with the lightest touch –as its name, Le Jardin Plume or the Feather Garden, suggests – around a traditional farmhouse in Normandy. A centrepiece is the apple orchard with its square mirror pond and wide, neatly mown grass paths. The design references the original spirit of trees and pasture with squares of miniature meadows where wildflowers grow naturally among the grass. Elsewhere, spectacularly clipped box hedges undulate like waves through, rather than around, beds or edge them in strictly linear form. Inspired planting features beds...