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International Garden Festival 
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.

Remnant > Dan Bowyer, Andrew Fisher Tomlin, 2014

Remnant > Dan Bowyer, Andrew Fisher Tomlin, 2014
Monday April 16th, 2018 Marine Bigot
  • Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Dan Bowyer © Yann Monel
  • Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Dan Bowyer © Yann Monel
  • Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Dan Bowyer © Yann Monel
  • Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Dan Bowyer © Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Dan Bowyer

Remnant > Dan Bowyer, Andrew Fisher Tomlin, 2014

In the Middle Ages, the history of Amiens was very strongly influenced by the cloth industry. These activities were concentrated in the western part of the Hortillonnages and specialised in the production of blue cloth, as the local climate was suitable for growing Isatis tinctoria, the famous woad, which was used in former times to produce indigo dye. This garden, which was conceived by two British landscape designers, Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, pays homage to this textile past. Christened Remnant, it reproduces the remnants of a fabric from the era. Its geometric motifs, an alternation of squares and rectangles, are presented on a grand scale through plantations of yellow and blue flowers. As well as these plants with their bright blossoms, the vegetation palette is completed with grasses to help the garden survive the heat of the summer months without damage. Strung out between the flower beds, sleepers of burnt wood take up the idea of a weaving loom frame. To create them, the team worked with Streetscape, a London social enterprise which helps young people under twenty five who are long-term employed to enter the world of work.

The artist

Dan Bowyer, Andrew Fisher Tomlin

Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer are two landscape designers and partners in the agency Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer. This firm was founded in 1989 and works mainly on the design of private gardens and public spaces. They recently took part in designing the landscaping of the Olympic Village for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.