Created in 1978 by Cécile Chancel, this beautiful potager based on an 18th century design is both ornamental and practical, providing the household with both fruits and vegetables. It is part of the Château Val Joanis, a 400 hectare estate situated in the Luberon to the north of Aix-en-Provence. The garden can be visited year round, but check the website as the opening hours vary according to the season. A visit to the garden can be combined with a guided tour of the winery and a wine and olive oil tasting. www.val-joanis.com
I try and visit this beautiful garden at least once a year. I always come away inspired and keen to try out new things in my own garden and vegetable patch, albeit on a smaller scale.
|Courgettes, Lavender and Swiss Chard|
Flowers and vegetables are combined, not only for decorative effect but to aid pollination of the plants by attracting bees to the garden. The lavender can also help deter some pests - such as codling moths around fruit trees.
|Wildlife in all Shapes and Sizes|
Quirky little decorations can be found in various parts of the garden. These little birds (above) chirp as you walk by them and the post toppers (below) protect the pole from the elements and add a decorative effect.
|Decorative Pole Topper|
|Herb Garden and Bird House|
If you are holidaying in the area, you might also like to consider my walking tour of the wonderful markets and food shops in Aix-en-Provence. I can help you assemble a gourmet picnic for lunch or recommend one of my favourite restaurants. See my website for more details. www.shoppingaix.com
|Market Stall in Place Richelme|
A bientôt, Rebecca.