If you go down into the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise – especially, if you head for the Jardins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson-Lavilledieu.
There you will find 13 different gardens in the six hectares of land. The site has just reopened for the season – and is, I am assured, well worth a visit.
Deep in Périgord Noir country, the gardens bring thousands of visitors each year. Despite their modernity, they aim to tell the story of gardens since the Roman period. There are over 2,000 rose bushes, 20,000 perennials, 2,500 box hedges and some 8,000 trees and bushes, including many rare species.
This year there’s a special exhibition on the Japanese art of sculptural trimming, Niwaki, in one of the greenhouses.
Located about 40km north of tourist mecca Sarlat-le-Canéda, the gardens are easy to get to if you are staying in the Dordogne. They are definitely on my list of places to visit this summer.