The L’Occitane Garden was designed by James Basson and built by Peter Dowle. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of beauty brand L’Occitane, designer James Basson, has focused on L’Occitane’s roots and how it was created in 1976 in Haute Provence. Here an old steam distiller had been discarded and was found by Olivier Baussan, who used it to produce essential oils from locally grown lavender and rosemary, which he sold at the local markets. Garden designer James Basson, lives in the south of France, he’s passionate about the local landscape and its history, and in this garden at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, James recreates the harsh beauty of the natural landscape of Haute Provence, using 200 plants native to Haute Provence to transport visitors to this area of France.

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