Foul weather forced me across the English Channel this week for a couple of days in search of French gardens. My eyes were opened wide because Normandy has some of the finest gardens I've seen in the last few years! So in the run up to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show next week, I'll be reviewing the gems that I found in France - both large and small.
All the properties I visited were within an hour's drive of Dieppe and although it's a little early in the season to see these gardens at their best, it's certainly whetted my appetite for future trips. So watch this space in the next few days and join me on my whistle-stop tour!
Mention French gardens and the one that comes to mind is Giverny (above) - one-time home of Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, but there are many other properties nearby that are just as spectacular and much less busy. Giverny is to France what Sissinghurst is to England in terms of crowds. Hope you'll join me as I bring you new ideas for garden visits a hop and skip from the south coast. A bientot!