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Lavender’s powerful perfume has made it the star of Provence: its sprigs have become the emblems of traditional craft expertise in the Alpilles and, in particular, Les Baux-de-Provence. In days gone by, lavender was used to chase off moths, but today, it decorates our houses and is offered to couples to celebrate their lavender anniversary (46 years)! Let’s stay in the plant world courtesy of Couleur Garance in Lauris, in the Luberon. A holder of the Valeurs Parc Naturel Régional label and official Remarkable Garden, this gorgeous site is named after the Rose Madder (garance in French) that was grown here and brought prosperity to the village until 1900. The natural colourings of its 25 dye plants are now used for dyeing, food, cosmetics and art… Further East, you can enjoy getting to know the edible plants of the Préalpes d’Azur Regional Nature Reserve, such as the saffron grown by Isabelle Weber. If you want to go further, the Jardin d’Aqui illustrated guide teaches you all about local plant species.