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International Garden Festival |
Hortillonnages Amiens 2023
Visit of the exhibition by boat

Boarding pontoon
35 rue Roger Allou – 80450 Camon

In CAMON, rent a boat for 2h30 and sail to the different plots invested around the pond of Clermont.

The rental price of a boat is based on the number of people, from 1 to 6 max. including child(ren) under 3 years old
* 20€ / 1-2 people. * 27€ / 3-4 people. * 32€ / 5-6 people. * free -3 years old
+ ASCO fee per person: €1 / 11 years and + * €0.50 / 3-10 years
>>> Only by online reservation
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For security reasons, animals are not allowed in the boats. Strollers must be dropped off at reception.

We invite visitors to continue to respect barrier gestures in order to fight against the spread of COVID-19.
If you want more details, we invite you to consult the evolution of the reception instructions and the health rules in force on the government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

For any request for information, you can send an email to communication@artetjardins-hdf.com
or call +33 6 78 53 55 92

Looking forward to welcoming you soon!

The team of Art & Jardins | Hauts-de-France

“Garden of Dreams” > australian Garden of Peace, 2024

“Garden of Dreams” > australian Garden of Peace, 2024
Monday May 13th, 2024 Zoé Gambier
  • ©ChartierDalix - JMD design
  • © ChartierDalix - JMD design
  • © ChartierDalix - JMD design

Garden of Dreams > australian Garden of Peace, 2024

The Garden of Dreams is located in a place steeped in history, at the foot of the ramparts, the last place of resistance to the Germans’ entry into Amiens during the Second World War.

It is therefore both honourable and symbolic to create a garden at its centre, paying tribute to the Australian troops who resisted and avoided the capture of Amiens during the First World War.

The Garden of Dreams is imagined as a last thought, a journey of the mind, a moment when the confusion of a dream with reality mingles. It is the projection of an elsewhere in the chaos of combat that an Australian soldier might imagine. A landscape dreamt of by those who will never see their homeland again, as a sacrifice for peace.

Set in the heart of the courtyard, like a mirage, visitors discover a large garden of warm colours that come alive in the sunlight. As they approach, an informal path takes shape in the shifting ground, inviting them to subtly discover the rest of the garden. The paths are made of crushed brick and ochre sand, reminiscent of the red earth of the Australian bush and the ramparts of the citadel.


The relief of the ground is inspired by the scars of the First World War, the rugged terrain of the bombing raids and the trenches still visible on the battlefields of the Somme (Beaumont-Hamel).

These islands of land also symbolise the fragmentation of cultures and origins, here all brought together in an archipelago forming the common landscape of the alliance of foreign forces engaged in the War.

This topographical interplay is amplified and guides visitors towards the centre, where the pathways narrow into increasingly dense vegetation. The vegetation gradually takes root. The first ring of islands, furthest from the centre, is made up of meadow species with conquering perennials in full bloom. The second ring forms a shrub border, mainly made up of evergreen shrubs. They have been selected to evoke the Australian landscape, like the seeds that travel with the soldiers. The last crown, closest to the centre, forms a tree belt. In autumn, the flamboyant foliage of the serviceberry, phormium and sporobola floods the garden with warmth, contrasting with the gloomy hues of the pine, eucalyptus, mimosa and sea buckthorn.

In this last crown, the landscape fragments become increasingly important. On either side, the walls are reinforced by pine stakes blackened using a burning technique to evoke the atmosphere of the trenches, giving visitors a feeling of being squeezed in.

Visitors then move towards the centre, where the light is filtered through the canopy of trees. An undergrowth atmosphere plunges visitors into an atmosphere of sanctuary, conducive to homage and contemplation.

In this clearing that opens onto the sky, rocks, seemingly inert, burst into ephemeral white blossom every year, a boundless garden for peace that is renewed every spring.

The artist

ChartierDalix - JMD design | Pascale Dalix, Anton James, Kevin Michels et Harrison Lillis

Pascale Dalix - France - ChartierDalix Pascale Dalix is co-founder of ChartierDalix, an architecture and landscape practice set up in 2008. In the course of her professional practice, Pascale Dalix has noticed that heritage, plants, architecture and social issues are all too often considered separately. "Developing the city by involving different disciplines and considering animal and plant species as part of an ecological process is a way of ensuring the long-term future of our spaces. It's also an opportunity for man to move away from a relationship of domination to one of coexistence with all living things. But it's also an unprecedented opportunity to turn values on their head, so that the concept of the non-built takes as important a place as that of the built environment. This thinking forms the basis of our philosophy. ----- Anton James - Australie - JMD design Anton, who trained as a landscape architect and visual artist, has over the past 25 years designed projects in Australia, Europe and the USA. He and his partners founded JMD design in 2008, the practice has been published widely and has won numerous awards and competitions, both in Australia and overseas. As a working director of the Sydney based practice, Anton has been actively involved in the design and documentation of wide range of projects that include a new metropolitan park, foreshore walk, regional playgrounds, urban renewal studies, urban plazas, public art, and the adaptive reuse of heritage infrastructure. He has an interest in rethinking the potential of complex landscapes where traces of conflicting uses and attitudes to landscape are present. He draws prolifically and seeks out surprise and delight in the often overlooked whilst accommodating stringent requirements of function, ecology and buildability. ----- Kevin Michels - France - ChartierDalix Landscape designer with in-depth technical and conceptual training, he initially worked as a freelancer on a number of projects with the Coloco agency and Gilles Clément. In 2022, he joined Pascale Dalix to develop and manage landscape projects for the ChartierDalix agency. Kevin sees each project as an opportunity to develop landscapes that are shared, diversified and adapted to the ecological dynamics of the site. He sees risk as an element of invention in thinking about the reversibility of environments and the resilience of landscapes. He designs with the living world and existing ecosystems, working with precision, restraint and exchange. ----- Harrison Lillis - Australie - JMD design Harrison is an AILA Registered Landscape Architect with five years professional experience in both practice and academic roles. He has a background in philosophy and permaculture design and an interest in how public space can complement broader ecological systems. At JMD he has been involved in the design and documentation of multiple complex public domain projects including new urban parks, and a constructed regional waterbody in Sydney’s west. He also has experience working with sensitive heritage landscapes and enjoys the curiosities that emerge from overlaying new functioning spaces upon disused landscapes. Harrison was a recipient of the 2021 AILA NSW Award of Excellence for Landscape Planning for his contribution to the Hornsby Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.