Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Jardin des Marettes, Amblie France
I visited the most beautiful community garden in France recently. It is in the countryside, surrounded by trees and fields, next to a small village. The circular fruit and vegetable garden is designed around a very large pond full of frogs and newts and other pond life. The beds slope down towards the pond and a smaller pond at the top of the site trickles water down a small stream into it. Vegetables are planted according to where the sun falls at different times of the year. The top of the garden is flat and these planting areas are defined with box hedge edging. Permanent plantings of rhubarb and artichokes are also incorporated in the design.