Les Columbières was created by the French landscape designer Ferdinand Bac between 1918 and 1927. Bac wanted to get away from what he saw as the ‘cosmopolitan profanity’ of the French Riviera in favour of a more traditional Mediterranean style. The garden is predominately green, with few flowers but with strong geometric lines and terracotta-painted architectural features reflecting Bac’s travels in Spain, Italy and Greece. He favoured traditional Mediterranean plants and built his garden around the ancient olive, carob and cypress trees that already occupied the site – a staircase was built around a gnarled 1000 year-old carob tree and other existing trees and shrubs were adorned with architectural features. Views and vistas feature heavily, often punctuated with statuary. Phil and I were fortunate to receive not only a tour of the beautiful garden an invite to dinner there with Les Columbières’ current owner, Margaret Lickerman, so were able to see the wonderful frescos Bac painted on the walls inside too.