Gardening in France

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Kitchen Garden

Grow your own vegetables

Few experiences can match the pleasure of eating your own home grown vegetables. The flavour and texture far exceed anything you can buy in a shop. Growing vegetables is also a natural incentive to

Vertical Planting

Need some more plants?

Image not found.One of the joys of gardening is seeing your garden grow in sheer numbers of plants that you have produced yourself. Obviously there is always the time and …

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The best gardens and parks of Paris

At times we all need to escape the frenetic pace of city life, and luckily France’s capital has no end of green spaces. Read on to discover Florence Derrick’s top three parks in which to steal a breath of fresh air in Paris.


Château de Valmer, Tours: flora, fauna and wine

Nestled on a hillside overlooking the Brenne Valley resides the Château de Valmer, a Renaissance estate encircled by 60 hectares of flawlessly preened gardens. Built over the 16th and 17th centuries, the original château was devastated by a fire in

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Ephrussi: the French Riviera’s villa of dreams

Guy Hibbert journeys southwards to tour the nine themed gardens of the spectacular Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a fantastic confection which sits jewel-like above the azure waters of the Mediterranean


September Gardening

The time of year when there’s still plenty of colour in the garden, yet nights start to draw in. Days are getting shorter and there’s gardening to be done.