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gardens in 35 départements.

Whether you are a novice

gardener - or seasoned professional - there

will be something

to interest you as gardens come

in all shapes and sizes. One

area co-ordinator for the South

West Charente and Northern

Dordogne, Ian Warden, believes

it's the variety which makes the

scheme so successful. "There's

always something different to

see, for as gardeners we never

stop learning".

Ian had previously opened

his garden in England under the

National Garden Scheme but

says here criteria are simpler.

"It's not the size of the garden

which matters, it's about the

interest it affords. All we ask of

owners is to provide about 30

minutes interest and, hopefully,

some refreshment"

Ian says this is not just

about English gardens in France

as each year more French gardeners

are joining the scheme.

"It's fascinating to see the

variety and different style of

gardens - from English cottage

gardens to formal French parterres,

herbaceous borders and

terraces to sweeping vistas - no

two are ever the same!

"People like to see gardens

in all states of development -

it's fascinating to see a relatively new

garden and then go back

to see progress the following

year. When it comes to opening

your garden, size does not

necessarily matter - if you think

it might be just too small then

why not team up with another nearby?

It's a great way of

making new friends and sharing

in the joy of gardening".

"Age and ability are no

barrier either, one participant

last year was in a wheelchair.

Self taught, she had remarkable

success, her garden was laid

out over several levels with

herbaceous borders and hanging baskets

everywhere - an

absolute joy to visit".

Visiting a garden is a delightful way to spend a Sunday

(most open on Sunday) for

there is often a chance to have

a cup of tea, slice of cake or buy

plants after you've toured the

garden - perhaps better still

there's the opportunity to meet

and talk with other like minded

people - what could be better?

And all this for the annual

membership fee of €10 which

enables you to visit any Open

Gardens / Jardins Ouverts over

the summer months.

For more information about

Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts

visit their website:

www.opengardens.eu

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In 2017 Open

Gardens / Jardins Ouverts

aim to open up

to 200 gardens

in 35 departéments

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