Loulou de la Falaise at Château de Chaumont

When I came across that familiar name in the obituary pages of the paper, Loulou de la Falaise I knew who she was. It’s not the sort of name that you could forget easily! It was quite a brief entry. It mentioned that in the 1960s she was a wild child and fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar and that she then became a model in New York where she got to know all the famous photographers and artists of that time. Continue reading “Loulou de la Falaise at Château de Chaumont”

Ornamental vegies at Villandry

Well it seems vegetables are hot. And, if they are colourful and ornamental, well they’re even hotter. If you want to see vegetables used to ornamental perfection, then I recommend a quick trip to France. Failing that, enjoy some photographs instead. Continue reading “Ornamental vegies at Villandry”

The Loire Valley

Back home again after two weeks in France’s beautiful Loire Valley, its sights and sounds are still singing in my mind. Most of all I remember the ducks quacking gleefully as they zoomed in to land on the still green waters of the River Cher, then the soft splashing as they sailed off to go about their daily business. Some mornings they were in groups of ten or twenty. Continue reading “The Loire Valley”

Garden travel to broaden your mind

I am about to jump on a plane and head off to France to lead a tour of gardens and châteaux of Normandy and the Loire Valley and if you haven’t booked it’s a bit late now! But the idea of travelling across the world to see gardens and gardening that I may well have little hope of emulating started me thinking. Is it just horticultural eye candy or is there more to it than that? Continue reading “Garden travel to broaden your mind”

South African garden at Chaumont sur Loire

When I opened the email last year asking me to be part of the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival (IGF), I just about fell off my chair. To be part of this show has been on the top of my bucket list for as long as I have been gardening. It’s a show that cannot be compared to any other by any stretch of the imagination and the best of all …it’s in the middle of France hidden away in a tiny town called Chaumont nestled on the banks of the huge La Loire river. Continue reading “South African garden at Chaumont sur Loire”

Train from Paris to Chaumont-sur-Loire

France – from July 2 to August 26 there will be new direct inter-urban (Intercités) trains between Paris-Austerlitz station and Onzain-Chaumont-sur-Loire Station, making it easy for visitors to Paris to spend a day enjoying the International Garden Festival at Chateau Chaumont. Continue reading “Train from Paris to Chaumont-sur-Loire”

Photography at Chaumont-sur-Loire

The Centre for Arts and Nature at Chaumont-sur-Loire in France will devote its 2017-18 winter exhibition to some stunning photography. In the Château and the Cour de la Ferme, from November 19, 2017 to February 28, 2018, more than 2,000 square meters of work will be presented, with the works of seven photographers focusing on landscape and nature. A special tribute will be paid to two great personalities of the world of the image, who too early disappeared: Thibaut Cuisset and Gérard Rondeau.

Free entry with ticket to Chaumont-sur-Loire (12€, 4€ child)