Colourful day out for a good cause

July is prime time for garden visits under the Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts scheme. Jane Hanks picks four

There will be gardens open every weekend in July plus on Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 throughout France 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.

In 2018, Open Gardens aims to have 200 gardens in 33 departments. Last year they were able to ...

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