Creating outstanding gardens

06 au 26 Jul 2019

Place : Lauris (Vaucluse)

Public : Adults

Please note this workcamp entails working at height

The village of Lauris sits atop a rocky ridge, on a site that has been occupied since Neolithic times, given the relics of axes and other flint tools found in the 19th century.

A chateau, first built in the early 11th century, towers over the village making it one of the iconic sights in the Luberon, between Pertuis, Cavaillon and Apt. Each year, thousands of visitors are drawn to Lauris’ chateau, as well as its narrow lanes, fountains and panoramic views of the Alpilles, Luberon, Mont Ventoux and the Montagne de Lure.

The chateau was extensively rebuilt until the 18th century and has, for the last 20 years, provided the setting for a garden on its foot slopes featuring plants grown on dry-stone terraces that were used to dye cloth. The garden is a genuine botanical conservancy with more than 250 plants species used for dyes, paints, cosmetics and food.

This year marks the inaugural volunteer workcamp and you will help make improvements to one of Lauris’ lanes by replacing the render on one of the village’s retaining walls.

The wall is built from cut stone and rubble and you’ll need to remove the old cement render to repoint the wall with a lime render.

Given that Lauris is right in the heart of the Luberon, you will be visiting a host of famous sites such as Gordes, the Colorado Provencal, Sénanque and Saignon abbeys, traditional Luberon markets, as well as olive groves and lavender fields. 

Special bonus : You’ll also be able to appreciate Lauris’ small squares, fountains, mansion houses and terraces that all help make this such a pleasant place to live, especially in the summer.

Type of work: Conventional masonry and rendering

Accommodation: Separate male and female dormitories, in big tent.  You can bring your own tent.