Jardin Medieval du Barry, Salviac

The pretty village of Salviac, south of Gourdon and about 30 mins drive from Mercadiol, is known for its antique and bric-a-brac shops, its annual old book fair, and its flower displays. Definitely worth a visit is the medieval garden, the old potager of the Chateau Lacoste, revived and replanted in the traditional square divided into four squares of monastic gardens. It fulfilled many needs, providing fruit and vegetables for the kitchen, medicinal plants, aromatic herbs, tinctures for dying fabric, and flowers to gather. It was also a place of contemplation.

And adding to the atmosphere here are a number of small sculptures — old iron garden implements (spades and hoes) — transformed into mysterious, hooded medieval figures.

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