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International Garden Festival | Hortillonnages Amiens

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We thank you for coming in large numbers to discover the creations of the 12th edition of the International Garden Festival | Hortillonnages Amiens.
Currently closed, the Festival will reopen its doors from Thursday May 26 to Sunday October 16, 2022.

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Enjeu de culture > Kelly Lebourgeois, George Salameh, 2014-2020

Enjeu de culture > Kelly Lebourgeois, George Salameh, 2014-2020
Monday April 16th, 2018 Marine Bigot
  • Kelly Lebourgeois, George Salameh © droit réservés art & jardins | Hauts-de-France
  • Kelly Lebourgeois, George Salameh © droit réservés art & jardins | Hauts-de-France
  • Kelly Lebourgeois, George Salameh © Yann Monel
  • Kelly Lebourgeois, George Salameh © Kelly Lebourgeois, George Salameh

The landscape intervention of Kelly Lebourgeois and George Salameh aims to reveal the process of formation of the landscape of the Hortillonnages. Mainly known for its ecological interest and its beauty, the place is less famous for the history of its very ancient exploitation by generations of market gardeners : the hortillons. They are the ones who have shaped the place since the Middle Ages. This one appears as immobile, whereas it results froma balance between two opposite forces : that of nature, that is to say that of the Somme and its tributaries, and that of the hortillons whos must work each year peat by clearing the rieux (canals) and bringing it back to the banks. Like the hortillons who work the peat of their territory, this project is a modeling, allowing the visitor to realize the anthropic origin of this panorama with natural appearance. The pursuit of market gardening activity in the Hortillonnages represents a vital issue for the heritage of this seemingly natural but anthropogenic landscape. This project intends to make the visitor aware of this. The device invites him to disembark on the area (the island) and to walk through crops and fruit trees. The market gardening work is enhanced by the creation of squares and strips of crops, where old varieties of vegetables selected according to the hortillon traditions are planted. This wandering leads him to climb on the “Parcerelle” (footbridge between two plots), leading him to contemplate this market garden seen from above. Then he can also realize the proximity of the city of Camon, and perceive the pond of Clermont. This shift in perspectives, scenography of the landscape, creates a link between city and nature. Between classic culture system and educational approach of a site, the place becomes workshop-observatory.


The artist

Kelly Lebourgeois, George Salameh

Graduated of the École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage de Versailles, George Salameh is an independent landscape designer and designer, born in 1978, working from France to Lebanon. Kelly Lebourgeois is a graduate of the École Supérieure d'Architecture des Jardins de Paris (ESAJ) and a Master in Historic Heritage and Landscape Gardens, obtained at the École Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles. Born in 1989, she is also an independent landscape designer.