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Hortillonnages Amiens

The 11th edition of the International Garden Festival | Hortillonnages Amiens is closed.
We will have the pleasure to meet you next year for the 12th edition, on the Étang de Clermont à Camon at the Port à Fumier for the course on boat or on the Île aux fagots from the Chemin de halage in Amiens for the course on foot.

Carrés fertiles > Atelier de l’Ours, 2018

Carrés fertiles > Atelier de l’Ours, 2018
Monday April 16th, 2018 Marine Bigot
  • Atelier de l'Ours © Yann Monel
  • Atelier de l'Ours © Yann Monel
  • L'Atelier de l'Ours © L'Atelier de l'Ours
  • Atelier de l'Ours © Yann Monel

Carrés fertiles > Atelier de l’Ours, 2018

On the Clermont lake, a strange vegetable garden has been floated onto the water by the landscapers of the “Atelier de l’Ours”. Halfway between the land and the water, its fertile plots highlight the silent dialogue that takes place between the fields and the streams. It is thanks to the hard work of a handful of market gardeners every year that the “Hortillonnages” still exists. The market gardeners dredge the canals and use the shellfish thus harvested to fertilise their crops and ensure the survival of the area and at the same time perpetuating the traditional method of fertilising the land. The market garden imagined by the landscapers is balanced between these two worlds, one aquatic and the other terrestrial: the floating vegetable plots correspond to the raised beds, this time planted in open ground. Between the two, the centre line of the pontoon symbolises the convergence of these two entities, and its anchorage in a broader context of the landscape, that of the “Venice” of Picardy vegetables. In addition to promoting the vocabulary of the vegetable gardens, the plots will be used for experimentation, current studies include crop rotation and combination of crops, which will continue the heritage of the market gardeners.

The artist

l'Atelier de l'Ours : Virgile Piercy, Nicolas Jeanronod, Juliette Guenard

Founded in 2016, the “Atelier de l'Ours” is a group of landscape designers dedicated to the study, design and transformation of cultural and collective living spaces. For the Festival “Hortillonnages”, the team consists of three landscape engineers from the “Ecole de la nature et du paysage de Blois”: Juliette Guénard, born in 1991, Nicolas Jeanmonod, born in 1984 and Virgile Piercy, born in 1991.