High standards in height of French summer

Jardin des Plantes Magiques Open Garden in Yzeures-sur-Creuse
Dominique and Marie-Odile Birault’s ‘careless garden’ in Indre-et-Loire.

Jane Hanks selects four stunning Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts settings to enjoy during the long, lazy days of August

Gardens are open every Saturday and two Sundays throughout France in August as part of the Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts scheme, which encourages gardeners of all nationalities to open up their gardens to the public, and 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.

President Mick Moat says he is thrilled that 40% of gardens this year are French owned, meaning it does not remain a purely British ...

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