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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 are [...]

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 opening gardens to [...]

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 [...]

In your garden in March . . .

Looking good in February

In the garden this month

from Le Jardin Champêtre

Two aromatic shrubs flowering this week - Rosmarinus ‘Corsican Blue’ and Lavandula dentata. They are happiest planted in full sun with a free draining soil and some shelter from cold winds. They will provide you with evergreen ground cover and scented foliage plus flowers on and off throughout the year in milder weather. The Rosemary [...]

Le Jardin Champetre’s thoughts for December

Looking good in the garden

All of these plants prefer a well drained soil in full sun. They have all survived this years’ drought with an occasional deep water and a mulch of garden clippings.


Ornamental grass Sporobolus heterolepsis (Prairie Dropseed) with Salvia lycioides (Canyon Sage) and S. ‘Violette’

Dark pink flowers of Salvia greggii ‘Purple [...]

Looking good in the Garden . . .

This week’s recommendations from Le Jardin Champetre

A late summer combination for colour, movement and wildlife in the garden. Blue flowers of Agastache foeniculum, seedheads of Agastache ‘Licorice White’, white flowers of Aster umbellatus with grasses Calamagrostis brachytricha and Miscanthus ‘Saturnia’ in the background.

















Both the Aster umbulatus and this Aster [...]

October’s gardening courses in the Languedoc

Introduction to gardening in the Languedoc – coping with the climate

Thursday 13th October, 10am to 4pm

A course which is aimed at those relatively new to gardening in the Languedoc.  The aim is to provide information and promote discussion in a relaxed and informal atmosphere which will help those interested in creating interesting, easy to maintain and colourful [...]