Loire Valley garden tour – day 1


The new swimming pool

Finally I have a moment to write a blog post after a break of what, two or three weeks? The last fortnight has been dedicated to a Garden Design Academy guided tour and the straightening-up afterwards. I accumulated almost 2000 emails during this period and while half had been officially “dumped” by Mr Microsoft, they all needed checking to ensure I had not missed anything vital. The tour, a few rain storms and several weeks of chaos caused by the swimming pool installation, had also delayed all the usual spring season gardening tasks. Today, between bouts working on the computer, I have been rushing around the garden, partly to weed and plant, but also to make sure the swimming pools performs as expected: you can’t be too careful in these matters!

Our May tour of Loire Valley gardens was a great success with our Australian clients and the guide (me) all enjoying the wide range of gardens we had promised to show them. Day one was Bouges and Chenonceau. Bouges is very local to us so the tour started at a relaxed pace. The gardens are a great introduction to French landscaping and horticulture while the chateau visit was also fascinating. The gardens are divided into a walled flower and vegetable garden, a formal Italianate water garden, a classic French parterre and a large park in the English style.

After lunch at a local restaurant we went on to Chenonceau, a romantic place astride the river Cher, once the home both of French queens and a royal mistress. In addition to the park and maze, there are two formal flower gardens and a large, walled cut flower and vegetable potager. English television were filming when we arrived

Parterre at chateau de Bouges

Chateau de Chenonceau

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