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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.

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.
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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-
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.

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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.

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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.
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Les jardins du manoir d’Eyrignac (2 hours away): This is a 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 the1930s and has been revitalized and brought back into full
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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’ll
accompany you to the airport or train
station to be on you way home to your
own wonderful garden … or perhaps a bit
more traveling here in France.

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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
June 2017 French Garden Tour


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