For the ladies who designed the garden, gluttony is a sin committed by many other species living on the planet.
The taste for food is not a sin that is unique to humans; it is also manifested in animals, plants, and - more widely – all living beings. The garden gives pride of place to plants that, in botany, are called “heavy feeders”, a term that refers to their voracious appetite for organic matter.
Before entering the garden, take a moment to look at it as a whole. Thereafter, wander along the little pathways that wind around large wicker baskets planted with “heavy feeders”, which overflow like horns of plenty. Also take the time to observe, hidden at the base of the baskets, small, discreet plants that grow in the baskets’ shadow. If you dare, take off your shoes and walk along the mulching, a future soil for future plants
From left to right: Sarah Sellam and Eugénie Denarnaud
Sarah Sellam is a DPLG landscaper, graduating from the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles in 2012. She works on various projects alongside architects, landscapers, gardeners and artists. The projects that she carries out are the fruit of meditations on innovative design practices for public and private spaces. Her work is fed by a range of experiences in various fields related to spatial planning: gardening, art, set design, social issues and ecology. Passionate about ecology and botany, she knows a lot about plants, as well as issues related to sustainable planning and living which she puts into practice in projects in both urban and rural environments, notably in Ardèche.
Eugénie Denarnaud is a landscaper, having studied filmmaking at Paris 3 university. She constantly integrates issues of spatial implementation in time in her video and photographic creations. Passionate about botany and living things, she enrolled at the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles, graduating in 2012. Here she questioned the notion of great landscape through geographical definitions, notably through work carried out in Tangier in the larger landscape of the Strait of Gibraltar. Her work hinges on revealing the factors at work in territories very different temporal scales, from geology, such as constitution of bedrocks in the current landscape, to the entirety of the plant world. Research on the phenomenon of resilience of spaces and the transformation of living things is at the core of her stream of thought and her activities.