Travel to Paris
On arrival in Paris, transfer by private coach to the quaint small town of Giverny where there is free time for an early lunch.
Visit the garden of the renowned painter, Claude Monet who lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926. Here he created a garden full of perspectives, symmetries and colours; one side devoted to borders filled with colour at all times of the year, the other, a contrasting calmness with the renowned bridge and water lily pond. Travel to Dieppe for a welcome meal in the centrally located hotel.
Despite the name, the owners of Jardin Shamrock have no Irish connection but they do have the most wonderful national collection of Hydrangeas. Over 1,500 varieties are beautifully incorporated into their lovely garden. Transfer to Chateau de Miromesnil where lunch (included) will be served in the Chateau.
Chateau de Miromesnil
Sheltered behind towering beeches is the 16th century chateau, birthplace of Guy de Maupassant. Enjoy a guided tour before exploring the flower- filled potage, which is a fine example of a traditional French Garden.
Evening free to experience the restaurants of Dieppe; Iain will advise and escort.
Leisure time in Dieppe
Free morning to explore the wonders of Dieppe, have a swim, explore the museum and castle or visit the market and shops.
Parc du Bois des Moutiers
Depart after lunch on a short coastal journey for a visit to Parc du Bois des Moutiers Parc du Bois des Moutiers, the only property in France designed by Edwin Lutyens. It is an Arts and Crafts-inspired house and garden with a unique series of rooms planted with mixed shrubs, herbaceous perennials and roses.
Parc Floral William Farcy
Depart your hotel for a morning visit to Parc Floral William Farcy set in the heart of the village of Offanville, a five-acre garden with 18 separate themed areas and a vast array of plants from old roses to trees to grasses. Free time for lunch.
Afternoon visit to remarkable Jardin Agapanthe – a garden of great style and originality where water, stone, topiary and planting combine to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
Free evening at leisure.
Jardin de Valerianes & Jardin d’Angelique
This morning, following breakfast, check out of your hotel before your final day of garden visits.
Three beautiful gardens today starting with a visit to Jardin de Valerianes; Nestled in the heart of the countryside, this 3-acre garden subtly combines roses and perennials and comprises a beautiful collection of trees, shrubs and hydrangeas. The garden showcases its owners' creativity: mixed borders, grass paths, brick and stone walkways and a walk around the meditative pond. Next a visit to Jardins D’Angelique, a romantic garden where the rose is queen; set around a manor house is an English style garden where pathways flow among exuberantly planted beds.
Le Jardin Plume & Return Home
In the afternoon, our final garden visit to the unique Le Jardin Plume, a contemporary garden with a structured geometric design softened by generous and vibrant planting of grasses and herbaceous perennials. Return to Paris for our flight to Dublin.