It was in the 17th century that humankind first began turning itself into a geological force capable of changing the way the planet operates and destroying its fauna and flora.
Awarded on the 30th of June 2017 by a jury of professionals renowned in the world of garden art
This break with its past saw the start of a predatory relationship with nature and attempts to control the environment, and women along with it: exclusion from the world of work (whereas women worked in the Middle Ages), confinement to domestic and reproductive duties, destruction of their age-old powers and knowledge, above all with regard to medicines and therefore connected with plants, flowers and medicinal herbs. Witches are resistance fighters, perpetuating a benevolent relationship with nature and making good use of the power of flowers. Borne by the ethics of a new relationship with nature and a wave of feminist energy, witches make their appearance in the "Pouvoir des Sorcières" garden, as mediators between humankind and nature. At Chaumont-sur-Loire, they create a medicinal ornamental garden harbouring an assortment of incredible curative flowers. Sexism has been banished from this natural pharmacopeia and visitors reconnect with nature in contemplation and encounter. A patchwork of flowers with hues ranging from red to purple to black symbolises women’s blood and their rediscovered powers.
Sung Hye PARK, landscape architect, and Byung-Eun DE GAULEJAC, project manager
From left to right: Byung-Eun Min de Gaulejac and Sung Hye Park
Sung Hye Park is a Korean landscaper and urban planner with 15 years’ international experience to her credit. She has designed and managed major urban projects in South Korea, Vietnam, China and the United States for private and public clients alike. Her landscaping work is the result of a finely-honed contextual vision incorporating a wide range of cultural influences that she merges with the localities concerned. She studied at the University of Korea’s School of Horticultural Sciences and at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
Byung-Eun Min de Gaulejac is Franco-Korean. She met Sung Hye Park in 1993, at the University of Korea’s School of Horticultural Sciences. She then left for Germany, the United Kingdom and France, where she studied social sciences. She worked as an interpreter for NGOs and in the financial sector, until “landscape” brought the two friends back together again at Chaumont-sur-Loire.