Come stay at La Forge, my French country home between Bordeaux and St Emilion, meet my French gardening friends, visit their wonderful gardens, and participate in passionate conversations about the “sometimes” remarkable results of “digging in the dirt.” Gardens is the theme of the week but the most important part of your six-day stay in our southwest region is meeting the French and getting an insider’s view of French life, both in the country and in the lovely city of Bordeaux.
Six days of garden visits and garden talk in a small group of six guests (plus your guide/interpreter), with Bordeaux wines and delicious local food … you’ll feel like you belong here.
The all-inclusive price – from when we pick you up at the airport to when we take you back – is $2500. Ground transportation (from the Bordeaux airport or train station), lodgings, meals, wines, and all visits are included in the price … you just have to get here. The Bordeaux airport has flights from Paris or, if you’re planning to spend a few days in Paris first, you might want to take the fast train, the TGV, that gets you to nearby Libourne in 3-1/2 hours.
That first afternoon we’ll visit the arboretum « le Jardin de la Souloire » and have dinner with the owner and createur, Marie José Dégas, a remarkable gardener.
The following days we’ll have gourmet picnics, garden lunches, dinners in our 14th-century watermill and an 18th-century chateau … and perhaps a cooking or pastry class as well.
Le Jardin de la Souloire (10 minutes away): You’ll enjoy seeing fifty years of landscaping and planting on a 20-acre site of a watermill with ponds and woodlands.
Le Jardin des Etamines (10 minutes away): We’ll visit with the owner and creator of this 10-year-old garden, Jean-Pierre Madjansk. With its many clever ideas and a huge variety of plants, this treasure reflects the passion of its gardener, Jean-Pierre.
Le Jardin du Clozet (20 minutes away): On the slopes of Floirac, this most original garden harmoniously blends both Italian and Oriental styles. First planted in 1960, it mirrors the choices of three generations of gardeners. Cypresses are used as structural elements and, at the same time, reinforce the symmetry of the garden.
Parc Botanique de Bordeaux (30 min away): This recently planted garden shows the diversity of the Aquitaine landscape and flora. It was imagined by Catherine
Mosbach of the American Society of Landscape Architects International and the French architect Françoise-Hélène Jourda, a pioneer in ecological architecture.
After the visit we’ll have lunch in Bordeaux and have some time to visit this beautiful city: a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Jardin du Fond de l’Or (45 minutes away): Owner and gardener Jacques Lubet has a background as a ceramic artist and has devoted all of his time to transforming a barren plot in the back of a simple house into an exotic wonderland, working with his wife and two sons, one a cloud-tree pruner and the other tree trimmer and sculptor.
Les jardins du manoir d’Eyrignac (2 hours away): This is truly amazing boxwood garden, sculpted and passed down in the same family from the 18th century.
Les Jardins de Sardy (1 hour away, on the way to Eyrignac): This private family garden was originally designed in the 1930s and has been revitalized and brought back into full
bloom by the son of the garden’s creator.
Le Jardin des Nénuphars Latour Marlic (1- 1/2 hour away): The original source of Monet’s water lilies! It remains a water lily nursery, but has additional gardens as well. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch under the parasols.
Our farewell dinner and wine tasting will be at the beautiful 18th-century family home of Diane and Loïc de Roquefeuil,
the Chateau de Castelneau.
The next morning you’ll have breakfast in our garden, enjoy relaxing with your fellow gardener guests, and then we’llsaccompany you to the airport or train station to be on you way home to your own wonderful garden … or perhaps a bitsmore traveling here in France.
For any more details please contact me. I’ll be happy to tell you more about this very
personalized tour that I have put together for your pleasure … and mine!
Carol de Montrichard Dalléas
telephone: 0033 0631 8565 20 skype: laforgedm