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Maggie Lockett and Cyril Valhérie

Villa Boccanegra and La Mouissone

Maggie Lockett has a younger, still developing garden in a mature olive grove of 250 trees that has been inspired in its eclectic mixture of historic British influences by various Riviera gardens and gardeners. The vegetation of Boccanegra, referencing Ellen Willmott’s choices, and more recently the plant families suggested by Crûg Farm Plants have stimulated the creation of diverse gardens in her challenging site. Maggie gardens in considerable dry shade, plus summer heat, and is attempting to expand her range of plants beyond relying only on reliable indigenous Mediterranean favourites. As well as increasing the collection of plants for hot, dry shade, one of her passions is to cultivate plants associated with scent and taste.