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Jardin de Lavande sampler: block six

Over the past few weeks I've been introducing you to my new Jardin de Lavande blocks - prior to their release in July - and taking you on a leisurely virtual tour of France's most beautiful gardens...


Maison de Jardinere



This week we are travelling to the Dordogne in south-west France, to visit a real-life secret garden, Le Jardin d'Eyrignac.

D'Eyrignac has been in the same family for more than 500 years and the wonderfully named Gilles Sermadiras de Pouzols de Lile - the father of the present owner - grew up playing in the overgrown gardens surrounding the 16th century chateau. After a career in interior design Gilles devoted his 'retirement' to unearthing the stone steps, walls and pools from the neglected garden of his childhood and reviving the gardens.