NOW SOLVED: Guess where this is!

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Alisdair

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NOW SOLVED: Guess where this is!
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:12:04 AM »
The "guess what this is" plant picture competitions are great fun - even if infuriating, as my guesses about John's pictures are usually very wild of the mark!
Let's try something similar, but with interesting public gardens/parks etc in mediterranean-climate areas. Here's one to start the ball rolling - where is it, and what is the garden called?
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Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

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John

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011, 04:21:21 PM »
No idea!
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Horticulturist, photographer, author, garden designer and plant breeder; MGS member and RHS committee member. I garden at home in SW London and also at work in South London.

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Alisdair

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2011, 05:31:43 PM »
OK, here's a clue - he's a well-known bigot who died in 1897
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Pescalune

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2011, 12:51:56 PM »
Could by any chance this garden or park be in Nîmes and the statue be that of Alphonse Daudet?
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Alisdair

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2011, 02:20:16 PM »
The first part of your question - yes, in Nîmes! So what is the name of the garden? Further hint: no, the statue is not Daudet - my clue may slightly have misled you, it was a crossword-puzzle-type clue (i.e. slightly tricksy) though the date of death I gave is correct.
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pamela

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2011, 07:25:26 PM »
Is it not François Bigot??
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pamela

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2011, 07:31:55 PM »
or rather M. Antoine Bigot ??
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Min temp 5c max temp 38c  Rainfall 550 mm 

"Who passes by sees the leaves;
 Who asks, sees the roots."
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pamela

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2011, 07:33:55 PM »
Antoine Hippolyte Bigot, né à Nîmes le 27 février 1825 et mort à Nîmes le 7 janvier 1897, est un poète français d'expression languedocienne (provençal, dialecte de Nîmes).

Jávea, Costa Blanca, Spain
Min temp 5c max temp 38c  Rainfall 550 mm 

"Who passes by sees the leaves;
 Who asks, sees the roots."
     - Charcoal Seller, Madagascar

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Alisdair

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2011, 07:13:59 AM »
Brilliant, Pamela, you've got the right poet. As a matter of interest, was that just your encyclopaedic knowledge of Languedoccian poetry, or a deft bit of googling?
Still waiting for the name of the garden itself....
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Pescalune

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2011, 09:51:31 AM »
Is it then the "Jardins de la Fontaine" , "près de la Tour Magne à Nîmes?"
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Alisdair

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Re: Guess where this is!
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2011, 11:10:36 AM »
Yes, Jean, you have it exactly right.
We visited these fascinating gardens at the MGS meeting in Uzés in 2006. I've added a note about them to the Places to Visit section, as they are very much worth a visit if you're anywhere near. Click here to see it, and a few photos.
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Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society