Us right at the start of the Le Hot adventure

We are Elaine and Nigel Fraser-Gausden and have lived in East Sussex in the UK since 1984, and have opened our garden for the National Garden Scheme for over 20 years, since very unexpectedly winning the Daily Mail Garden of the Year competition for our small walled garden in Eastbourne.

Our Eastbourne garden

Nigel has had a career in finance, and I was a Classics teacher until retirement in 2018. One of Nigel’s skills/hobbies is interior design and decoration (he’s also a fantastic cook!), and I have been obsessed with gardens and gardening since buying a small plant at Woolworths in 1978 which actually grew…….

Since May 2016, I have written a popular weekly gardening blog with my two sisters called the3growbags.com which is full of tips, relaxed garden chat and sisterly teasing.

The 3Growbags – Laura, Elaine and Caroline

We have had a holiday house in the Manche region of Normandy since 1990, and simply love the whole area. We bought Manoir Le Hot in 2006, and have spent every year since then extensively renovating the medieval Manor House and creating a garden around it. Incredibly, storks arrived in the garden in 2014, and the garden has been opened weekly to the public since 2016.

We became members of the CotentinCoteJardins in 2016, and Manche Tourism staged a ‘Pierres en Lumieres’ event in May 2018 (it was to be repeated in July 2020, but due to the pandemic, this has now been postponed).





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