A French Garden Journey Competition
Win a copy of Monty Don's Book "A French Garden Journey" - The Road to Le Tholonet
This is not a book about French Gardens, rather a story of a man travelling round France visiting a few selected French gardens on the way. Following a human trail from garden to garden, sharing the geology, the weather, food, climate, local folklore, accent and cultural identity. Wines to be drunk and food tasted. Recipes found and compared. None of these things can be ignored or separated from the shape and size of parterre, fountain, herbaceous border or pottager.
So this is a book filled with stories and information, some of it about French gardens and gardening, but most of it about what makes France unlike anywhere else. From historical gardens like Versailles,Vaux le Vicomte and Courances to the kitchen gardens of the Michelin chef Alain Passard. There are grand potagers like Villandry and La Prieure D'Orsan and allotments and back gardens spotted on the way.
Monty celebrates the French associations of food and wine and finds gardens dedicated to vegetables, herbs and fruit. It is a book that any visitor to France, whether gardeners or not, will want to read both as a guide and an inspiration. It is a portal to get under the French cultural skin and to understand the country, in all its huge variety and disparity, a little better.
We have 3 copies to give away.
Win yourself a copy and share in Monty Don's love of France.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to answer this one question:
In his book he talks a bit about terroir, a concept which is the basis for the French wine Appellation d'origine controlee (AOC) system. In 1994 Olive Oil from which town became the very first olive oil in France to be awarded AOC status?
Clue: The links above should help you.
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