Garden News - September 2018

Shirley and Paul Edwards’ garden at La Bayette was originally pastureland; Inset: Marie-Claire Guérin and Ove Pollas’ Lot-et-Garonne home

September is the last chance this year to see most jardins in the Open Gardens scheme, writes Jane Hanks

There will be gardens open every weekend throughout France in September as part of the Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts scheme which encourages gardeners of all nationalities to open up their gardens, big and small to the public, to raise funds for charity.

It is the last chance this year to benefit from a large number of open gardens, as in October there is just one open in the Lot-et-Garonne on the first two Saturdays. Visitors buy a €10 membership card which gives them access to any of the gardens for one year (valid Jan-Dec) or pay €5 for a Day Pass which allows access to any of the gardens on the day of purchase.

There is also the Anniversary 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 ...

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