Established in France in 2013 on the model of the successful UK National Garden Scheme, the open days allow people to explore and learn more from garden owners who open their gates for a special day.
For this summer 2017 Open Gardens are increasing their spread with more gardens in more départements and members of the Au Fil des Jardins gardening club based in the Lot are again taking part.
Over several weekends in June and July, a number of gardens will be open just over the border in the western region of the Lot:
Cazes (Duravel) and St Caprais: 3 and 4 June
Montclera: 10 and 11 June
St Germain du Bel Air: 1 and 2 July.
More detailed information of dates and times, addresses and descriptions can be found on the www.opengardens.eu website.
A €10 annual ticket gives admission to any of the member gardens across France throughout the year on their stated open days. Or day tickets can be bought on entry to the first garden visited for €5.
The proceeds are donated to charitable organisations in France.
The website also explains how you can participate by opening your own garden within the scheme.