This is the last part of the gardens to be completed. We started this project 2 years ago and it will probably take another two years to complete. Right now all the structures are in place. The inspiration came when John visited gardens in Versailles in 1978 and was impressed by the serenity of the spaces and the simple, but intriguing design.

Our area is about 7000 square metres, divided into 4 fields, 2 of them lawns and the remaining 2 to be used for annual flower crops. In Spring poppies are the choice and in Summer, sunflowers and amaranth fill the spaces. We welcome visitors to picnic on the lawns.

Right through the centre of the French style garden, as an extension from the main archway, are two long water rill’s with a central round pond with a sculpture made from 500 recycled horse shoes built by our craftsman, Sebastian. Running North-South is a central walkway that will lead up to a folly, to be fashioned like a chateau. On both sides of the central path are 60 pyramid shaped buxus, grown up to 2 metres high. The spaces in between have been planted with bright red tulips for Spring colour. Surrounding the whole of the garden are four avenues of trees. These have been planted to enable our visitors to stroll around outside in cool shade. The four avenues provide different experiences;

Ulmus parvifolia (Chinese elm)  These are big trees not affected by the dreaded elm leaf beetle. When semi-mature they have the most amazing trunk colours.

Acer freemania (Canadian sugar maple)  Wonderful lush foliage with truly magnificent glowing red autumn colour.

Malus floribunda (Flowering crab apple) This is the closest we can get to cherry blossom without the inherent problems of cherry tree slug. Amazing spring colour, deep pink buds opening out to clear white. With the trees covered in blossom, this avenue will be a stand-out in time to come.

Photinia robusta – Planted as a double hedge, growing as a tunnel with viewing windows to be established..

The French Style garden has become a popular spot for weddings, wedding photography and picnickers.