Water, glistening on the leaves in the morning light, is precious. On a summer’s day, just one drop of morning dew trapped by a plant can help it survive through the hottest hours. Birds and insects also know how to quench their thirst.
The garden is filled with plant species that portray these observations. On the leaves of the Cotinus, also known as the smoketree, water glistens like a rare jewel. The same applies to the Alchemilla mollis, known as the garden lady’s mantle. And finally, the Dipsacus is a shrub known to be a favourite with birds and showcases the ability of plants to store water. At the centre of the garden, there is a sort of netting that hangs over mineral slabs. This portrays the delicate web of a spider and gathers rain and dew, before the droplets slide down like marbles onto the grey slabs. This material does not absorb the water. The water is then redistributed to the rest of the garden. The little world created for us celebrates nature as a constant source of wonder and emotion.
Manon Renard is a landscape designer and educational space designer, whose career is focussed on drawing and illustration. She recently chose to move to Nantes and set herself up as a self-employed landscaper-illustrator there. She designs for landscape, graphic and illustration projects and other artistic ventures, always with a pencil to hand. Her approach is focused on the broadest possible meaning of landscape - animals, plants, treehouses, ecology - as well as on her desire to share and pass on her values and vision of the world.
Louis Guérin graduated from the Jules Rieffel agricultural school in Nantes in 2012 with a diploma in landscape design, and has been developing his approach and artistic sensibility in the world of plants ever since. Mindful of the issues related to the environment and a nature lover, he joined the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et du Paysage in Bordeaux in 2014. While studying there, he improved his knowledge of spatial planning and the challenges of large areas. He was particularly interested in rural areas and the problems of attractiveness in the countryside. After his studies, he joined a landscape design office in Clissons (Loire Atlantique) and was able to learn all about the complexities of land use planning in rural areas.As a qualified architect and graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture in Versailles, Pierre-Alexandre Bardat developed a special interest in working with materials during his studies, as well as a fascination for time and life cycles in architecture. As a nature lover, he carried on his studies with a professional Master’s degree in 'Historical Gardens, Heritage and Landscape' and acquired some expert knowledge about natural and cultural heritage, as well as knowledge of complex environmental issues. His professional career led him to Nantes, where he reconnected with two childhood friends, and together they founded the Atelier B&GR. He is from a long line of farmers and has always held a fascination for the land,