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GARDENS ILLUSTRATED: Private Gardens of Provence

24 June 2021

5 days from £3,890pp

Mediterranean gardening at its best is a way of living in harmony with the local environment, creating a strong
visual unity between house, garden and landscape. Provence, with its long, hot, dry summers provides a
wonderful opportunity to learn how to design and plant gardens adapted to such conditions.
  • Visit the private garden of Le Mas de Benoit
  • Visit the gardens of St Remy de Provence with designer Dominique Lafourcade
  • Enjoy two days visiting some of the regions most beautiful gardens with Helen and James Basson, of Scape Design
  • Explore the workshop and gallery of Marc Nucera, artist-tree surgeon
On this five day tour we will discover how James & Helen Basson, of the award winning Scape Designs, create beautiful gardens requiring minimum watering, and we are honoured that they will be joining us to show two of their recent projects and introduce us to the legendary Filipppi nursery near Montpellier, where experimental techniques in dry gardening have transformed our understanding of Mediterranean gardening practise.
The landscape of Provence remains essentially unchanged: medieval hill towns, rise among olive groves
and vineyards, and fields of lavender and sunflowers soak up the sunshine. Dusty roads fringed with pines
loop through the jagged Alpilles, giving way to banks of wild cistus, rosemary and thyme – plants typical of the
upland garrigue. Hidden behind old iron gates or an avenue of ancient plane trees, old country estates have
been elegantly rejuvenated in recent years by contemporary designers, creating sensuous gardens, each in its
own way responding to the spirit of place and the designer’s eye. Avignon, on the banks of the wide and tranquil
river Rhone lies at the cultural and historic heart of Provence. The 5-star Hotel d’Europe, with its long-established
reputation as a hotel of great style and comfort, just a step away from the Rhône and the towering walls of the
Palais des Papes is our carefully chosen base for the tour.

Your Accommodation

Hotel d’Europe, Avignon

A luxuriously converted 16th-century house, centrally located between the Palais des Papes and the St Bénezet Bridge. The building has been a hotel since 1799, making it one of the oldest hotels in France, hosting the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Victor Hugo, Christian Dior andPablo Picasso in this time. Elegantly appointed roomsare complemented by a Michelin-rated restaurant.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • TV 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hairdryer 
  • Minibar