Make a beeline for these gardens

June Williamson new vegetable garden
June Williamson's new vegetable garden

As the Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts gets into swing for the summer, Jane Hanks picks four to visit in June

There will be gardens open in many parts of France in June 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.

Visitors buy a €10 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 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 are offering Open Garden members free entry with the card.

This is the association’s sixth year. It began when four British gardeners in the Creuse decided to open their gardens to see if they could ...

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