‟Remarkable garden" classification
The gardens of Domaine de la Dourbie in Canet have been awarded the coveted ‟remarkable garden" classification by the French Ministry of Culture. Deep in the heart of Languedoc wine-growing country, the Domaine de la Dourbie has followed traditional viticulture practices since 1781.
In 2006, the 18th-century bastide was restored and four hectares of gardens were created on the banks of the Hérault. Dominique Lafourcade designed and created an assortment of gardens, grouping them naturally around the house.
She has created restanques (stone terraces) which house the swimming pool garden with its fountain and wisteria-covered pergola, as well as a vegetable garden which invites visitors to wander in the shade of a delicate bower adorned with climbing roses.
Adjoining the terrace of the bastide, a flowerbed edged with boxwood frames a composition of blue and white flowers.
Dominique Lafourcade has created a dacha-style wooden cabin intended to fire the imagination of children and adults alike.
The West gardens are arranged to reflect and enhance the spirit of the house, and they gradually fade into the vineyard and the wild beauty of the Languedoc landscape.
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