31 mai, 2017 mercredi

The jardin potager in May.

82 degrees, sunny

7 mph, NW wind

So much is happening at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site in the Illinois Country over the next two weeks! We have been busy trying to keep up with the usual seasonal garden tasks while preparing for important and exciting upcoming Fort events. I haven’t been able to find a moment to write a recent jardin update and time has flown since my last post the end of March. I promise a regular garden blog post mid-June, once the jardin schedule settles into the slower pace of summer.

FdC June Rendezvous

Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, I will be in the jardin during the Fort’s 47th June Rendezvous. This signature event transports visitors back to the 1700s and this annual Rendezvous is the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, attracting many thousands to the site. Visit the June Rendezvous page located on the Fort’s website for event information and updates.  I will be interpreting in the garden throughout the 2-day event and I hope you stop by and visit!

And new this year, our jardin potager will be part of a five site French Colonial Gardens Driving Tour, Sunday, June 11, Noon-5 PM.  This new garden event is sponsored by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve and Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. There will be garden tour flyers available in the jardin during the upcoming June Rendezvous. Plan a day trip on June 11th and enjoy a Sunday drive through the ‘French Colonial Corridor’ along the middle Mississippi River valley. Whether you begin your journey near Prairie du Rocher or Ste. Genevieve, these gardens and sites are sure to provide inspiration and enjoyment.

In Ste. Genevieve Missouri, see these historic gardens

Jacques Guibourd House Garden

Felix Valle State Historic Site Garden (Closes at 4 PM)

Near Chester Illinois, see this historic garden

Pierre Menard Home Garden

Near Prairie du Rocher Illinois, see these historic sites & gardens

The Creole House

The Fort de Chartres Heritage Garden Project  (Jardin Potager)

We hope to be visiting with you soon during June Rendezvous or during the garden tour when you travel to visit these gardens and sites in Missouri and Illinois, located within our historic Illinois Country.  A bientôt!