Staying in the Lot département, the 'bastide' village of Castelfranc is made all the more characterful by the Garden of the Senses, a ravishing and authentic-looking walled garden arranged in squares containing plants for specific uses.
Another enclosed garden is the Garden of Eden at the Château du Colombier in Aveyron, created by Countess Annabelle de la Panouse. Wandering around this garden, between the shady arbours and French lilacs, will take you back to the time when ladies kept secret rendezvous with their true love under the May tree.
In Tarn et Garonne, the Pilgrim's Garden in Lauzerte is a reminder of how important this beautiful village is on St James's Way to Santiago de Compostela, with its plant and floral arrangements recreating the initiatory journey completed by the pilgrim.
The result of careful research using the written records and iconography of the Middle Ages, these different gardens each reveal the history of their part of Midi-Pyrénées. They are a wonderful place to stroll around, appreciating the authenticity and uplifting atmosphere of the beautiful surroundings that cause you to drift into your thoughts.