An experimental garden

Between fields and orchards, romantic, lush and indeed food-producing - this is a garden that shows expertise tinged with emotion. Childhood memories, travels in Italy, the lyricism of nature, and nostalgia for a paradise lost...

Dominique Lafourcade believes this place sums up "the Garden".

"It was, back then, an expanse of fields surrounded by orchards as far as the eye could see, and on the edge stood an old Provencal farmhouse, flanked by five age-old plane trees. The dream location to experiment with my passion"... Mission accomplished.

Today, combining poetry, gentleness, exuberance and regimentation, the garden belongs here, sheltered from the wind, protected by towering cypress hedges.

Mediterranean species of mainly greens and greys are sublimated by fine collections of roses, irises and so on.

Shapes, volumes and textures coexist harmoniously in a world of plants created from scratch.

Punctuated by two pergolas in perpetual flower, a central water channel is a key feature, lined by a superb row of olive trees in pots.

Mixing alternation and repetition, formal laid out gardens where you can sit a while, paths to wander down and wonder at, sumptuous mixed borders, succulent fruit to nibble as you pass by, a belvedere under the canopy of a plane tree, heady scents wafting around a hedge... and, as if to melt into the surrounding countryside, the huge lavender field which soon attracted a following.

A garden to live in, as an extension of the house. Always eager to be creating something, Dominique Lafourcade has recently begun the African Garden, found on the edge of the estate, a dry garden where wood and stone work hand in glove, a corner of land worked by the first men in a wild and hostile environment.