Open to the public twice a year by appointment only, I was privileged to be part of a small group given a personal tour by the present owner, American Judith Pillsbury. Ms. Pillsbury has lovingly added to and maintained the garden since Ms. Vesian sold it. At the ripe age of 84, the latter went on to create another, smaller garden in the village.
Located in the small village of Bonnieux, which is in the Vaucluse region in Southern France, the garden is a series of outdoor 'rooms' many of which are in the Asian style. Enjoy the tour while being aware this incredible garden is clinging to a steep mountainside hundreds of feet above the valley!
|Cypress clipped into topiaries. The smaller bushes are clipped rosemary and santolina|
|Santolina and rosemary|
|Small grotto built into the mountainside|
|Path leading from lower gardens to upper terrace|
|Small pool fed by a mountain stream|
|Mixed bed utilizing native plants|
|Thousands of stones from the surrounding mountains were brought to the garden to create terraces, recesses and buttresses|