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By Antoine et Sybille du Peloux & Louise Rué. Le Pack Paysagiste & Louise rué design (France)

Episode 127
2 min / Published

If we stood on the remains of a piece of a French formal garden, how would we design it today with tomorrow’s world in mind?

This garden's multidisciplinary team has taken an interest in classic and mythical gardens, to reinvent them and incorporate their beauty and individuality.

By taking inspiration from the aesthetic canon and imagining its evolution towards a sustainable future, they have created their own mythology by playing with theatricality, the spectacular and symbolism: cathedral trees, statue-shacks reinvoking the animal kingdom, careful and wild arabesques, mirrored perspectives, all of which allow us to find the exactness of a contemporary gesture in a classical lineage.


This garden presents a "living" interpretation of classical gardens, in line with the team's environmental values.

All materials used are rigorously sourced or recovered (wood, paving stones, limestone, plants) and will be reused after dismantling. Shrubbery and mowing are limited to preserve biodiversity and combat heat islands, thus reducing garden maintenance.

The plant combinations create microcosms that are designed to adapt sustainably without chemicals, are melliferous and water efficient. To combat wildfires, a range of fire-resistant species was also selected.

To support the local economy and to further anchor this project, the garden's designers collaborated with regional companies. They are also running a design workshop with the Ressourcerie de Nice to make their sculptural huts, from recycled materials, to provide a habitat for the surrounding wildlife.

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This episode is part of the Festival des Jardins 2023 series
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Podcasts by Département des Alpes-Maritimes
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