A remarkable garden in Aveyron

One of the ‘rooms’ at Jardin de la Mothe, open publicly this month by Marion Wilson

A sprawling and eclectic garden in the Aveyron countryside is part of a prestigious club, writes Jane Hanks

An Englishwoman in the Aveyron who has a garden labelled Jardin Remarquable will open her gates for the summer season this month.

When Marion Wilson bought her farmhouse with her German husband 27 years ago she did not plan to create a garden, and had never been a gardener. She is an artist, having trained at the Central School of Art and Design in London and designed fabrics for the National Trust.

“What I really wanted to do was to decorate the field around my house. I describe the garden as one that was created by an artist in 1997 around an Aveyronnaise farmhouse. The building itself is an intricate part of the garden, as we started by unblocking an arch and used that as a starting point.”

Her four adopted children also gave her the motivation to create a garden for them as they loved playing outside.

The garden is 3,500m² and is made up of various themed “rooms” and is designed with alleys and shaped bushes and trees which lead out to views of the rolling hills ...

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