IN FULL BLOOM

Spring is fi­nally here! So start the new sea­son with a visit to one of these fa­mous French gar­dens

Living France - - DÉCOUVREZ -

MONET’S GAR­DEN

Monet’s Giverny gar­den opens for 2017 on 24 March when its flo­ral dis­play of hy­acinths, pan­sies and vi­o­las start to burst into bloom. Soak up the serene still­ness of the Wa­ter Gar­den and see in­side the painter’s house where he lived for 43 years. A ticket costs €9.50. fon­da­tion-monet.com

CHÂTEAU DE VILLANDRY

The Château de Villandry gar­dens in In­dre-et-Loire have been re­stored to their Re­nais­sance glory. Veg­etable en­thu­si­asts will love the Kitchen Gar­den where the patches are planted in al­ter­nat­ing colours to in­clude blue leeks, red cab­bages and green car­rot tops. chateauvil­landry.fr

VER­SAILLES

Metic­u­lous man­i­cured lawns, im­mac­u­late flower beds and clas­si­cal sculp­tures and foun­tains make up the world-fa­mous Ver­sailles gar­dens. Take one of the many walks that criss-cross the gar­dens, many of which were laid out un­der royal res­i­dents, to ex­pe­ri­ence the gar­dens in all their glory. chateau­ver­sailles.fr

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