Hello - I am Sue Adams, editor of this web site. As well as being a garden writer I also offer a design and coaching service to help you create, manage and enjoy your own garden in France.
If you are a novice gardener or you are finding the thought of changing all or part of your garden here in France a little intimidating then please have a look at the Coaching and Design pages of the website and get in touch with me. I would love to help you realise your dream.
I have been a gardener since childhood and as a young adult studied gardening at both Kirkley Hall in Northumberland and Bicton College in Devon. In the 1980s I owned and managed a fruit farm in Northumberland and I have developed several gardens of my own in the UK, France and Portugal.
Over the past 20 years or so I have written for magazines including French Living, Country Smallholding, Your Chickens and French Property News. I currently write for, among others, The Local Buzz, a magazine and website published in SW France for English speakers. In 2014 I founded the property website French Properties Direct, a company which I sold in 2021 so that I could enjoy my twin passions in life - writing and gardening.
Together with my husband, another keen gardener, I am developing a rural garden of around one hectare. It is still a work in progress and features an orchard and soft fruit garden, potager, chickens, wild life garden and areas of flowers, trees and shrubs. Our gardening philosophy is to try and garden with nature rather than try to dominate it - an approach which is increasingly relevant in today's challenging times
If you own a French property and want to develop your own garden here, need a little help or inspiration when comes to what plants to grow or if you simply love France, then read on....I will do my best to talk you through the gardening year in our own Jardin Paysan.