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The great Nicole de Vésian’s best tips


● Don’t hesitate to cut and trim—all plants love to know they are being cared for and they happily


grow back ● Gather stones, using them for bor- ders, to frame and protect the plants


from the cold or the sun ● Look for all the plants that grow wild in your area and adopt them for


your garden ● Remember the sense of smell in a garden—use lavender, rosemary, sage,


thyme or mint for subtle fragrances ● Use herbs as sensible borders for


walkways ● Think multi-dimensionally—a garden is not just a grid, it should be seen in diagonals and thought of in terms of


floors or levels ● Frame the view—trees, plants and arches should be used to put the view in perspective Reprinted from ‘Nicole de Vésian— Gardens: Modern Design in Provence’ by Louisa Jones (Actes Sud, 2013)


Books in English


Gardening the Mediterranean Way: Practical Solutions for Summer-dry Climates by Heidi Gildemeister (Thames and Hudson, 2004)


Workshops and garden visits


Iriswww.pepinere-iris-de-thau-34.fr Vegetables Gislaine et Michel Herrman (www. plantspotagers.fr) Jean-Luc Danneyrolles (www. lepotagerduncurieux.org) Citrus www.agrumes-baches.com Mimosas (acacias) Pépinières Cavatore (www.mimosa- cavatore.com) Roseswww.rosesanciennes- talos.com


Herbs and aromaticswww. alexandre-aromatique.com;


www.plantes-aromatiques- provence.com (la Ferme de Gerbaud)


Heirloom fruit varieties www.pepin-hier.fr


There are workshops in French at the wonderful gardens of Domaine du Rayol (above)—visit www.domainedurayol.org


Indoor-outdoor living How will you link house to garden to landscape? Per- golas and shady terraces extend the house with ease and flow. Most gardens also have views beyond, which are often spectacular—but are you part of someone else’s


view? The old farmsteads everyone admires are made of local materials, fit in well with the local climate, flora and fauna, and are never self-conscious or self-proclaiming design statements. Human in scale, they have a sensual frugality that results in true elegance. If you want your place to look as if you’ve owned it for generations, use local materials and resources.


www.countrylife.co.uk/international


The Dry Gardening Handbook: Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate by Olivier Filippi (Thames and Hudson, 2008)


Mediterranean Gardens: A Model for Good Living by Louisa Jones (Bloomings Books, 2013)


Best plant fairs


January Mimosalia (www.bormesles- mimosas.com/fr/agenda/mimosalia.php)


March Saint-Priest (www.foireauxplantesrares.fr)


April Plantes Rares et Jardin Naturel (www.plantes-rares.com)


May Journées des plantes (www.jardinsalbertas.com)


October Gondwana at the Domaine du Rayol (www.domainedurayol.org)


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