Gaia’s Gift

Garden Education and Tourism








Favorite Links

An eclectic mix of the owner’s favorites (in process)


France and Gardens

§  L’Atelier Vert On-line store and home page of a garden writer and Francophile from Indianapolis, who lives in Paris.  Shop online or just browse her excellent articles on French gardening.


§  TowerHill Botanical Garden, Worcester, MA, USA

Friends (and their gardens)

§  Margaret Lauterbach  Garden writer, has focused her site on gardening in the intermountain west and handicapped gardening


§  GARDENS, a well established e-mail list that helped educate many of us.  Topics wander around a lot but usually come back to gardening

§  Everything you wanted to know about roses



Garden albums and Trip Journals

France June 2005

Roses, Roses, and more Roses

New:  Trip Report

France, September 2004
A Feast of Dahlias

Trip Report
And two photo albums from the dahlia expositions at Coutances and Parc Floral, Vincennes.

France, June 2004

Album only

First  a page of roses.  Pierre de Ronsard growing as it was meant to do.  Then some shots at Jardins artistique du Drulon, a new garden for me.  The gardens feature a catalog of art by European artists, which makes it fairly unique, but the gardens stand on their own, being well designed and wonderfully maintainted.  There is also a farily wild area of woods and swamp, again punctuated by artwork.  Last shot on the page is a miracle rose I found taking a wrong turn in La Châtre.

Second  page is iris.  A few shots of the iris garden at Orleans la Source, the first visit at the right time to see the display and it was incredible.  Then two shots from Clos du Coudray.

Third  page is some odds and ends:  rhubarb in baskets at Prieure Notre Dame d’Orsan; a couple of gardens at the International Garden Festival, Chaumont sur Loire and a restaurant with a view.

Last  page is a nice color combination at Clos du Coudray.

France, October 2003

Album only

The trip was a little late in the year because of a special birthday in the family so fortunately, I chose some gardens for structure.  We had several nights of heavy frost but there were still plenty of discoveries.















































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