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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.

Jardin des Hespérides > Moroccan Garden of Peace, 2018

Jardin des Hespérides > Moroccan Garden of Peace, 2018
Friday August 3rd, 2018 Alexandre Lefèvre
  • Karin El Achak & Bernard Depoorter, Atelier Kel, Agence BDP concept © Yann Monel
  • Karin El Achak & Bernard Depoorter, Atelier Kel, Agence BDP concept © Yann Monel
  • Karin El Achak & Bernard Depoorter, Atelier Kel, Agence BDP concept © Yann Monel
  • Karin El Achak & Bernard Depoorter, Atelier Kel, Agence BDP concept © Atelier Kel, Agence BDP concept

Jardin des Hespérides > Moroccan Garden of Peace, 2018

On the edge of the “Chemin des Dames”, a valley devastated by the fighting and bombing of the First World War, this garden pays homage to Moroccan soldiers who died on French soil. Directed by the landscapers Karim El Achak (Morocco) and Bernard Depoorter (Belgium), this little piece of Morocco on French soil is based on one of the legendary gardens of the Maghreb, the fabulous orchard of Hesperides, which according to Greek mythology, is found on the edge of the western world. Here, the rigorous geometric layout of the project, which evokes the art of the Arab-Muslim garden, gently marries the bumpy configuration of Old Craonne. In the centre of the space, a shiny metal basin reflects the surrounding landscape. By tradition, the gardens of the Orient are spaces away from the world and time, where water symbolizes life in the face of the inhospitality of the desert. Set on a mosaic platform with terracotta tiles typical of Morocco – the fountain of this Hesperides garden is where the paths cross, to welcome the walkers of the Chemin des Dames.

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  • 2018

The artist

Karim El Achak & Bernard Depoorter

Born in 1962 Karim El Achak lives and works in Marrakech (Morocco). He founded the Kel workshop in 2017, after working for 25 years as an architect. In 2017, he worked on the master plan of Greater Marrakech and since 2018, teaches at the National School of Architects in Marrakech. For this project, he teamed up with landscaper Bernard Depoorter who was born in 1960. After 25 years of experience in landscape and garden architecture, Bernard Depoorter founded his BDP Concept agency in Lyon in 2010 and in Marrackech in 2011.