In line with the theme, this creative mandala garden is an original and colourful addition to this year's Chaumont-sur-Loire festival.
The mandala, a symbolic diagram representing the evolution of the universe from a central point, is used in permaculture to design kitchen and ornamental gardens and enhance their potential energy. The main feature of the mandala garden is its circular shape and orientation towards the cardinal points, which represent the four elements (earth, air, fire and water).
Growing on mounds, a method advocated in the mandala garden, enables a greater quantity or diversity of plants to be grown on the same surface area. This leads to an increase in productivity and better soil aeration, allows excess water to drain off and enables the plants to placed perpendicular to the sun's rays.
The mandala garden offers a journey of reconnection with oneself and with the universe.