Posted by: brigid benson | August 9, 2015

Postcard from: The gardens of Cadiot… ‘Move forward to live’

Zen wisdom from French poet Paul Eluard 'It's enough to move forward to live To go straight toward that which you love...'

The Zen wisdom of French poet Paul Eluard
‘It’s enough to move forward to live
To go straight ahead Towards all that which you love Ahead, the road is light And opens onto all shores Behind, there are only chains…’

On a secret hillside in southwest France Les Jardins de Cadiot explore beautifully strong architectural form and frothy freedom.

Journey through a series of 10 ‘garden rooms’ to encounter strict control and wild abandon. Such is life!

Here, thanks to the skill of the designers, strict control flows seamlessly, successfully into wild abandon, making for a beautiful experience.

‘Move towards all that which you love…’

Move towards that which you love...

Inventive topiary!

Inventive topiary!

Beyond, wild woods…

Escape searing heat; refresh yourself in the deep green shade

Escape searing heat; refresh yourself in the deep green shade

Here planting that reaches out to greet you…

Soft exuberant planting

Soft exuberant borders

Here more self contained design… photo Vibrant blue rings outloud

Exotic agapanthus announce the arrival of...

Exotic agapanthus announce the arrival of…

...hideaway patios

…hideaway patios

And cooling tricking fountains…planted with papyrus and waterlily

Pause to reflect

Pause to reflect

Enchantment of another kind. In the south of France, black cats are often regarded as ‘matagots’ – powerful spirits in folklore. Respect them, treat them well during their time with you – no-one knows how long that may be because they are free spirits that must come and go – and in turn they will bring you protective magic.

Magician cat?

Magician cat? Almost

When to visit? Les Jardins de Cadiot are open from May to October. Click on the link to check the website for opening times. Note that from September to October the gardens close for lunch and reopen in the afternoon.

June is an especially beautiful month and early morning visits reveal the planting in less harsh light than the afternoon.

The gardens are on a hillside, across 2 hectares. Paths are steep in parts. Allow at least an hour to explore.

The owners are friendly and if you wish to picnic, simply let them know at reception and you will be made welcome.

Gardens of charm

Gardens of charm


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