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Sensational Domaine de Chaumont

Sensational Domaine de Chaumont

Looking for inspiration? We profile one of France’s most influential annual garden events – an international affair which we’re fortunate in having almost on our doorstep... 

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Visions of Eden - 3 beautiful gardens to visit in the area

Visions of Eden - 3 beautiful gardens to visit in the area

As we launch into summer, everything in the garden will soon be starting to look at its best. Roger Moss visits some very special places to give a little timely inspiration... 

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Magnum Opus - visit William Christie's stunning garden

Magnum Opus - visit William Christie's stunning garden

We travel to the fertile plains of southern Vendée, to discover an extraordinary garden whose owner has devoted over thirty years to creating a world apart and who, for a few short weeks each summer, opens its doors to astonished visitors. 

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Melle Arboretum - A trail of leaves

Melle Arboretum - A trail of leaves

 Autumn golds and russets are guaranteed at this original arboretum in Melle, Deux-Sèvres, where a botanical visit takes you on a 7km walk around the edge of the historical town with its restored washhouses, fountains and Romanesque churches...

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Discover the Remarkable gardens of Poitou-Charentes

Discover the Remarkable gardens of Poitou-Charentes

Our beautiful region counts 13 gardens boasting the coveted 'Jardin Remarquable' quality label, an award earned by gardens that have that something special to distinguish them from the wealth of other heavenly gardens open to the public. Stéphanie Bérusseau, garden correspondent for the Rendez-Vous Aux Jardins event within the Poitou-Charentes Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles (DRAC), tells us what's special about each one...

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Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

For beauty and a wonderful sense of calm and tranquility wander the paths of the award-winning Les Jardins du Chaigne...

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Discover Royan!

Discover Royan!

Labelled is 'the most 50s town in France', Royan has plenty to offer the holiday maker and local visitor. Home to 18,000 people, of which two- thirds are retired, its numbers swell to 40,000 in the summer months.

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