Aude de Thuin, founder of the concept in 1993, revived the Art of the Garden under the great glass roof of the Grand Palais in Paris.
The excellence of contemporary landscape design will be presented in a garden setting that combines know-how and the French art of living.
Garden art is reborn at the Grand Palais from May 31 to June 3 2013
Twenty years ago, The Art of the Garden provoked a major encounter between the discreet world of the garden and gardeners, nurserymen, landscapers, craftsmen and designers, and the French excellence affirmed in the fields of art of living, luxury, perfumery, fashion around a firework display of ephemeral gardens.
After ten years of absence, The Art of the Garden could only regain its full brilliance under the prestigious glass roof of the Grand Palais, in this year celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Grand Palais. th anniversary of Le Nôtre’s birth
“A great opportunity, which I couldn’t pass up, led me to take up the challenge of this extraordinary event. In its ideal setting and sheltered from all climatic hazards, The Art of the Garden will once again reveal to the public the exceptional French creativity in gardens”. declares Aude de Thuin.
Made up of gardens, no longer ephemeral but designed to last, The Art of the Garden will present the renewal of ideas, the development of the imagination and the technical perfection that today animate landscape art in the heart and on the outskirts of our changing cities.
Celebrating the exchange of knowledge such as sharing harvests, the pleasure of gardening as well as the mastery of these skills, The Art of the Garden is in keeping with the spirit of the times, spectacular and festive, committed and responsible.
Forty or so “plant paintings” will be designed by Thierry Huau, – landscape gardener, urban planner and renowned ethnobotanist, winner of numerous prizes and competitions.
From exceptional plants produced and supplied by more than fifty guest nurserymen from all over Europe: France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Italy.
These paintings, with a surface area of approximately 40m2, will be composed on themes as varied as a jungle, a Mediterranean garden, an impressionist garden, a flowery meadow, a Japanese garden, etc., so many magical universes that will punctuate the course of this ideal park.
The Gardens will be set up in the central area, under the dome of the Grand Palais, on plots ranging from 50 to 300 m2, at the initiative of their sponsors, who will be responsible for their design and development.
Truffaut, will present a vintage vegetable garden, which will extend over 300 m2.
Jean- Michel Wilmotte will make us discover a mineral garden: the “Grey Garden”.
Like many Haute Couture houses that have presented their collections at the Grand Palais, Animalis is invited to a “peacock parade”.
Conferences and various activities will be part of the eclectic program of the event and will take place in specially equipped sites.
The pic-nic attitude, a vast 1000 m2 lawn for an invitation to picnic lunch and dinner in a Nationale 7 atmosphere, directed by David Jeannerot, artistic director of L’Art du Jardin. This space will welcome exhibitors whose activity is linked to the theme of the picnic.
The Société Nationale d’Horticulture de France (SNHF ) will offer fun and educational activities on the theme of knowledge, knowledge and know-how.
The Conservatoire des Collections Végétales Spécialisées (CCVS ), whose essential role is to ensure the preservation of the horticultural and botanical heritage, will present exceptional collections.
Pommery champagnes will present a spectacular hut created by Ghislain André for La Cabane Perchée.
Practical Information on Garden Art at the Grand Palais
Dates: Thursday, May 30 to Monday, June 3, 2013
- Thursday 30 May: press and trade day (by invitation) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Vernissage: from 6 pm to 11 pm (by invitation)
Opening to the public :
- Friday, 31 May: from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday 1 June: from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday 2 June: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday 3 June: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Personalized reception of the professionals :
- Friday, 31 May: from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday 1 June: from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Monday 3 June: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grand Palais :
- avenue Winston Churchill Paris 8ème
- 18 euros
- preferential rate at 14 euros for online pre-sales (before 10 May)
- Free for children under 12 years of age.
- Free for visitors with the first name of a flower or plant (Iris, Rose, Olivier…)
- Free for students of horticulture and landscape schools (upon prior registration)
Website : lartdujardin.com
Photo credit: François Tomasi, Thierry Huau