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Gardens of balances and tightrope walkers!

In spring gardens, in gardens, in spring, it is one of the most beautiful times for the gardener. It is the awakening of nature thanks to the beautiful temperatures, the beautiful days that appear after too long a winter and gradually lengthen until summer. All the plants are active and show a growth force, an energy, insane.
Now is the time to nurture, to plant, to sow.
The garden of equilibrium is the garden of natural evolutions, it is the garden of the gardener's past choices, this is why I speak of balance and balancing act: it is respect for the work of the gardener in time. But since nothing is immutable and everything is immutable, the garden moves forward according to desires and sometimes constraints, always productive of beauty, scents, and ultimately, happiness. All gardener of balances!

What flowers for the garden of balances?

The garden of balances is a garden with multiple styles. Here multiple style does not mean a catch-all, on the contrary, the garden of balances is rather a synthesis of the gardener who allows his preferences to be expressed. This is where the balancing act begins because marriage should be graceful. Said like that, you would think it's complicated? But no. It is often even the easiest garden to invent! In reality, it is the garden of all the grandmothers who did nothing other than to follow their desires, instincts or their inspirations to bring their garden to life ... Always with the ambition to (themselves) have fun and to feel good.

Gardens of balances, some ideas:

  • The calla is a plant of infinite nobility. It is also called Arum, same aroma, by mistake! Its white calyx-shaped flowers squeeze out and radiate showing a central, bright yellow "spike". Plant them with hydrangeas or hostas for the flowering relay.
  • The dipladénia is a very floriferous climbing plant, the flowers from June to October, form a pink or white calyx with a golden heart, or even red, charming. The dipladénia has the particularity of carrying a glazed foliage.
  • Ancolie: superb flowering plant up to 50 cm in height, the flowers are very original, we find them simple, the rows of petals doubled, or even more dense, with "ponponesque" flowers, from May to September.
  • The canna, also called balisier, is a beautiful bulbous plant with large, bright flowers, sometimes speckled with a beautiful bright red. Canna means “let's go”.
  • Dimorphotéca, or Cape Daisy, is a fast-growing plant that quickly produces carpets of daisies with often bright and bright colors. It is resistant to direct sunlight and high temperatures
  • The gardenia is a shrub ... complicated, it likes the sun but the heat, it appreciates the ambient humidity but not too much water, it is often chilly ... Discover Gardenia augusta grandiflora it saves us the setting in the garden!
  • The gauras are small, very floriferous shrubs, quite dense, with aesthetic flowers that bees particularly appreciate. Gaura is very rustic, hardy, resistant: perfect for creating memories.
  • Primroses, ideal for garden areas, flower beds, borders, to be planted with forget-me-nots, fritillaria, balanced mixtures. No grandmothers garden without primroses!
  • The viburnums, also called snowball: an incredible flowering, an aesthetic foliage, a graphic appearance! There are many varieties, but each viburnum will find a great place in the garden of balances.

In Situ

The French movement of shared gardens emerged in 1997 with the drafting of the charter of the Garden in all its states - Sharing the land and the creation of the national network of the “Garden in all its states”, supported by the Fondation de France. The initial group is made up of historical associations representing allotment gardens and new activists in collective gardening who cross the field of the fight against social exclusion with that of ecology. They are strongly influenced by the North American model of " community gardens Or community gardens, in particular by the cities of Montreal and New York, which already have thousands of gardeners. They will contribute to the dissemination of these experiences in Europe by inviting pioneer associations like Green Guerillas to testify to their achievements. The shared gardens movement has echoed plural demands in line with contemporary issues of respect for the environment, the aspiration for participatory democracy and the need to create social links. Twenty years have passed since the opening of the garden of (Re) finds, in the Moulins district of Lille. In one generation, the movement has developed considerably in large metropolises but it has also spread to rural areas, from Occitania to Brittany and from the Hauts de France to Provence via the Rhône-alpine region and the Grand Is. This article traces its emergence, the actors who made it up and the context that saw it come into being.

The French community gardening movement started in 1997 with the drawing up of a founding text on all forms of gardens and of a ‘shared earth’ charter, ‘La Terre enShare’. A national network, called 'Le Jardin dans tous ses Etats', was set up with financial support from the 'Fondation de France', a national trust federating charities and philanthropic organizations. The first community garden, ‘Le Jardin des (Re) explorailles’ was opened in Lille in its Moulins neighborhood. Within the space of a generation, the movement has grown dramatically in large cities, but it has also developed in rural areas such as the Occitanie region, for example, and in Brittany. This article tells the story the emergence of this community gardening movement in France, its protagonists and the historical context of its birth.


6-7-8 May • Jardins en fête (VD)

The 11th edition of Gardens in celebration will take place on 6-7-8 May 2016 at Château de Coppet (admission 12.-, AVS 9.-, children free), with the theme of Simple Garden (name given in the Middle Ages to plants with medicinal properties). The Garden Charter will be present on the stand of The pralette which promotes permaculture (organization of gardens, initiation, courses, workshops for children). Permaculture is a set of agricultural practices and ways of thinking that aim to create a sustainable ecosystem that is productive in food, while leaving as much room as possible for wild nature.

May 20-22 • Nature Festival

The 6 th edition of the Fête de la Nature will take place from Friday 20 May to Sunday 22 May not only in French-speaking Switzerland, but also in the rest of the country. Many free activities for all ages, listed by canton, can be found on the festival's website. In Orbe, for example, the Group of the Charter of Gardens will offer an activity on insects. And in Zurich, the Riesbach neighborhood association will organize a guided walk to visit public places and a private garden that apply the principles of the Garden Charter (Garten-Charta).

May 31 • Symposium (GE)

"Year of the garden 2016 - Meeting space": it is the national campaign launched by the Confederation for the preservation and development of gardens and open spaces. Its purpose is to underline their importance at a time when the habitat becomes denser. The campaign has launched a website where you can find out about events taking place throughout the year.

In this context, the General Directorate of Nature and Landscape (DGNP / DGAN) of the canton of Geneva is organizing a colloquium "sharing experiences" on the art of welcoming native flora and small fauna in parks and gardens. : Aesthetics & Biodiversity: the Garden Charter combines the two. It will be held on Tuesday May 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the orangery and garden of the Hardt Foundation, in Vandoeuvres (GE). You can register for the conference until May 23.

Charter life

Chaux-de-Fonds (NE)

Located in a Neuchâtel farm from the beginning of the 17th century, the Peasant and Handicraft Museum de La Chaux-de-Fonds presents the know-how of the past, such as the work of tackler who produced the magnificent shingled roof of the building. You can also discover the daily life of the peasant watchmakers who cleared the region's forests and developed its industry. The museum is now a signatory of the Garden Charter, thus joining many gardens in La Chaux-de-Fonds whose main objective is to promote the survival of the White-fronted Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus).

La Ferrière (BE)

La Ferrière is a French-speaking municipality in the Bernese Jura, north-west of the canton of Bern and a stone's throw from France. She has the chance to benefit from a good exposure: "When the sun has already set elsewhere, you can admire it for a long time to come." Last fall, the town presented the Garden Charter to its inhabitants, committing to offer the emblem of the charter to each signatory. They are already 13 to have committed to preserving biodiversity on their land. If we take into account the population of the municipality - only 543 inhabitants - this is an excellent start!

Specialist in natural gardens

The Garden Charter is promoted by cantons, municipalities and associations. But there are also more and more gardeners and landscapers who offer their customers to develop and maintain their land in a more natural way and to promote the life of small animals. Among them is Stefan Strobl who completed a CFC as a landscape gardener in 2004, then obtained a federal license as a foreman. specialist in natural gardens during employment. He has now just started his own business, Landscapes at Concises (VD), to offer its customers modern designs that respect the environment and nature.

Natural Adventure Garden (GE)

The association of Plan-les-Ouates Adventure Garden manages two reception structures: the Jardin d'Aventures de Plan-les-Ouates (JAPLO) for children from 6 to 12 years old, and the ventilated Wednesdays and the ventilated Center for 4 to 8 year olds. Each year, JAPLO participates in the organization of the traditional Fête du Feuillu (May 5, this year). Children weave wreaths of flowers, they also decorate a chariot pulled by a donkey which carries a small married couple. JAPLO activities take place most often in the open air, in a space that has now joined the Garden Charter - so that birds and butterflies can also join in the fun.

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