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The Luberon

In the days before synthetic dyes, natural colours obtained from plants, fruit and seeds were the main way of creating tints for clothing, textiles and tapestries. This garden contains a collection of such plants (known in French as plantes tinctoriales), and hosts regular workshops demonstrating how they were used. Guided visits (€8) run on Tuesday and Saturday at 5pm.

It's on the southern edge of the village.

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