Les Jardins de Sardy


Our host in the gravel courtyard filled with fragrant plants.

There are magic moments on every tour and on the recent trip to France one of those moments came at Les Jardins de Sardy, a romantic garden east of Bordeaux. With an invitation to admire its scented trees and shrubs, the garden’s owner drew us into a gravel courtyard and then, with a spicy fragrance lingering on the air, led us to a shady overlook to tell the story of his Irish mother’s 1950s restoration, including efforts to grow English flowers before she capitulated to the allure and drought-tolerance of Mediterranean plants.


The Italian inspired pool at Les Jardins de Sardy.

Before us in blinding sunlight, the mirror-like surface of an Italian pool reflected the 18th century stone house with its pale shutters and upright cypress trees.  Eager to get closer, the group surged forward as our host guided us to the water’s edge and noted its resemblance to the garden at Alhambra, minus one important detail.  Suddenly, inexplicitly, the pool sprang to life with jets of water reaching for the sky and falling back in graceful arcs, breaking the reflections of house and garden into thousands of brilliant diamonds.



29 thoughts on “Les Jardins de Sardy

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Susie–Yes, I have at least three “favorites” and this is certainly one of them. Mr. I (and his poetry) was rather nice too, don’t you think? As I told Tim, I’ve never seen 14 women fall in love so quickly!

    1. rusty duck

      All is well, thanks Marian. There is a problem with subscriber emails. I’m going to do some serious work on the blog next week and try to sort out all manner of technical problems. In the meantime, the posts are there.. It’s just that I can’t easily let you know about them!

  1. Sharon Lanier

    The photos and your descriptions are magical indeed! I felt like I was right there with you looking into that gorgeous Italian pool. Fabulous!!!

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Pat–Water adds such mystery and beauty to a garden, as you well know. I wish you were here to help me with my wreck of a backyard. It desperately needs a water element, but I’m struggling over what and where…


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