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And so on to 2018 – Open Gardens for the coming year

By Mick Moat

And so to 2018, which will be our 6th year of operation. The updated leaflets, posters and other paperwork have arrived and if you want a supply of our main leaflet to hand out, particularly if you live in an area where we have few or no gardens, please let […]

July’s update for Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts

By Mick Moat

As I write, we have just reached the end of June and I wanted to send out this Newsletter to let you know how the year is progressing. Although, we have not yet had all the receipts in from the June open days, our bank balance stands at the incredible total […]

Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts / Newsletter

By Mick Moat

Hello to you all and welcome to the 18th edition of the Open Garden/Jardins Ouverts newsletter. The season is now well under way and the signs are good that we shall have yet another spectacular and record-breaking year.

Late spring to early summer is always an exciting […]

Diary of a Vineyard, May 2017, an insight from Rives Blanques

by Jan Panman

Tuesday May 2

We wind up our visit to New York with a degree of satisfaction: our wines seem to be going down well with the restaurants and wine merchants we meet.

They certainly go down well with us – that is, the sommeliers and wine buyers, who buoy us up with […]

Open Gardens – latest news

At long last, things are happening in the garden. The white of the snowdrops is being replaced with the yellow tones of the daffodils and primroses and gardeners everywhere are suddenly realising that they are already getting behind with their regular chores. Lawns have had their first cut and suddenly bare branches are turning […]

Which way are the bees voting in La Présidentielle?

by Kevin Baughen

The current French Presidential election is all over the news right now and given the behaviour of our bees over the last month, we’re beginning to think that they’re aligning themselves to the front-running candidates!

For a start, the recent warm-then cold-then wet-then warm again weather here in the Charente has got […]

Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts 2017

Why not make this year the year you ‘get involved’?

Now, at the start of its fifth year, Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts is continuing to develop and extend into more and more départements throughout France. Although the association only started in 2013 with 4 gardens, there are now over 100 gardens to view in France, all […]

Chelsea Fringe 2017

The alternative garden festival WE’RE BACK!

The Chelsea Fringe is back for its sixth year. Last year we reached our 1000th event! This year the Festival will run from 20 May to 4 June; that’s 16 days, three weekends and one Bank Holiday Monday to fill with exciting gardening/arts projects and events.


We […]

This month’s news from Le Jardin de la Petite Pépinière de Caunes

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying this lovely March weather, what great weather to be out in the garden! Here are few bits of news and information about upcoming events.

* Open Jardins/ Gardens Ouvertes is a scheme that was set up in France just a few years ago with the aim of […]

Get Ready For Spring!

by Amanda Baughen & 13Bees Beekeeping Holidays

Having had enough of the rat race in the south east of England, Amanda and Kevin moved to Confolens (16) in 2015, opening a chambre d’hôte and launching their beekeeping experience holiday business. They live with five cats, two tortoises and several thousand bees, and enjoy sharing their […]