Open Gardens set for new season

Mary Fruneau’s jardin à l’anglaise south of Nantes with over 2,000 plant varieties; Inset: daffodils of all kinds are displayed at Janet Greenwood’s Deux-Sèvres garden

The Connexion revisits the charitable Anglo-French garden visiting association aiming to grow bigger than ever in 2019

April sees the start of the 2019 Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts season, the scheme which encourages gardeners of all nationalities to open up their gardens, big and small to the public, to raise funds for charity.

Visitors buy a €10 annual membership card which gives them access to any of the gardens for one year or pay €5 for a Day Pass which allows access to any of the gardens on the day of purchase.

There is also the Partner Gardens card, which costs €35 and gives access to privately owned gardens as well as a growing list of prestigious French gardens, which usually charge an entrance fee but are offering Open Garden members free entry with the card.

This is the association’s seventh year. It began when four British gardeners in the Creuse decided to open their gardens to see if they could raise money for charity.  In 2018 they were able to donate €25,000 to fifteen charities. There are 151 gardens signed up and the scheme is ...

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