The Plantagenet city of Le mans has for the last few years had a "garden fête" in the old town. Literally, a celebration of the gardens there, the little patches of green that people cultivate even in the smallest places in town centres. Private gardens that aren't usually open to the public are on display, and there are also plant vendors, craft stalls, etc.
People made a effort to smarten up the gardens for the occasion, so the plants on display were not necessarily representative of the garden in its natural state. There seemed to be a job lot of potted Chrysanths dotted around, and some spectacularly tasteful plastic rabbits also put in an appearance in several different gardens. But overall it was good to attend, and we came away with some more Asters for the garden, and some bright red Tulip bulbs for the Springtime.
I can't really do better than give you a taste for what was there via a few of the photos I took, so here they are. We started off with a coffee, visited the gardens, then lunch then more visits. There was a concert in the evening too, including a superb performance from a Soprano, Gabriela Guzzo, of Three Argentine Songs, by Gilardo Gilardi and conducted by his son. Gabriela Guzzo; one to watch.