Our pick of top 3 Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts 2020

June Williamson's Le Jardin de June
June Williamson's Le Jardin de June

Despite Open Gardens being halted, Jane Hanks still discovers the passion and skill behind three great jardins.

With regret Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts, which encourages gardeners of all nationalities to open up their gardens, big and small to the public, to raise funds for charity, has decided to suspend all garden openings and events for the foreseeable future, due to the Covid-19 confinement period. We take look at some of the many wonderful gardens that would have opened their gates this month, had it not been for coronavirus. 

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The Eco-Friendly Garden

June Williamson has opened her garden at Mirepoix, Ariège with majestic views over the Pyrenees for five years for Open Gardens and raised a lot of money for the charity. She has created an eco-friendly, dry garden where the only watering she does is a minimal amount in the veg plot and pots: “I think it is especially important now that water is so precious to avoid using it on the garden. ...

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