Enjoy the lovely region of Normandy in north-west France. Two days will be spent discovering some of the beautiful and little-known gardens of Normandy, guided by the garden owners themselves. The particular fascination of these Normandy gardens is that the climate and the range of plants are similar to Britain, yet the French create quite different and truly exceptional gardens. There are some real treats which will intrigue and inspire you.
Normandy is a horticultural heaven and boasts an extraordinary number of parks and gardens open to the public. A wide range of garden styles are displayed, from simple cottage gardens to grand, formal schemes via walled kitchen gardens, botanical collections, subtropical plantations and landscaped ‘English-style’ gardens. A range which owes its diversity to passionate owners, but also to the region itself, where endless summers, autumn glories, spring freshness and winter wonders showcase the seasons spectacularly.
Refresh your spirit amid the beautiful parks and gardens… let your imagination take you back three hundred years when linden trees were first planted at the Château de Bosmelet or two hundred years when a cedar sapling was planted at the Château de Miromesnil. There are gardens that house national collections, and there are gardens where the focus is on regional plants and trees, and others where plants from overseas have been successfully replanted in Norman soil.
Then head to the Normandy Beaches for two more nights. Explore more this lovely coastal region of France, including a day of touring a number of the D-Day landing sites with a WWII historian, and a visit to Bayeux, famed for the tapestry.
- Guided tours of six wonderful gardens, all very unique and different
- Lunches at some beautiful chateaux
- Tour the D-Day landing beaches including Omaha and Sword Beaches
- Learn about WWII’s Operation Overlord
- Visit Pegasus Bridge
- See the ancient Bayeaux Tapestry
- Explore the coastal towns of Honfleur and Deauville
- Sample some Calvados liqueurs and Normandy cheeses