Packing for France

The spring season was packed with designs, plantings, weeds, and a few bugs so it’s time to take a trip. I have been negligent about posting to my new blog (I know I join a legion of others on that score) so I will be compensating with a deluge of photos from a little trip. A rather long trip, in fact, touring dozens of gardens from the top to the bottom of France.

Tomorrow I fly to Paris with my horticultural travel companion extraordinaire, Charles Cresson, for an intensive schedule of Metro stops to visit the 3 V’s: Vaux le Vicomte, Versailles, and Villandry. We will also be heading south to Toulouse for a few days which will be new terrain for us both. In the middle of all this, we join the Scott Arboretum tour group to head northwest of Paris into the Loire Valley, Normandy and Brittany with plenty of private garden stops along the way. We will be looking for historic roses, Japanese-style gardens, potager gardens, gardening techniques, new cultivars, and extreme design. Since I took about 5,000 photos in my 3 weeks in Japan, this should require at least that many!

Then there is the wine and cheese, de rigueur for traveling in France. And, if a few escargot float by in garlic and butter I may have to eat those too.

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