From the moment when man decreed that he would place himself between the gods and the earth, he began to neglect the latter. Buoyed up by his supposed intelligence, over several centuries he unceasingly drew on and almost exhausted resources that the earth had spent millions of years producing. Humans helped themselves and consumed the earth. A source of riches, the earth nourishes, clothes, heals and protects humanity. Yet humans treat it as if it were a supermarket. This garden advocates enlightened consumption in order to reconnect with the earth. As we walk through it, we are struck by its toil and everything that it does to produce the things we need. In this unusual shop, we will discover shelves of food, health products and clothing where the “products” appear in their original forms. Corn and sugar beet seedlings grow in a pot that resembles a box of popcorn, calling to mind the ingredients needed. By questioning our habits, we rediscover our links to the earth.
Jennyfer BRUHIER, Marie CHERON, Cécile AMBERT and Nicolaj LEVEQUE, students, Lyse-Marie CLISSON, landscape engineer, and Antoine BOZEC, landscape designer
“Having studied landscaping for eight years, I have had a thorough grounding in the field. I studied for my baccalaureate at École du Breuil in Paris and followed it with a qualification in landscaping at EA Tecomah eco-college. As I wanted to work as a project manager in a research department, I went on to take a degree in geography and landscaping. I am now studying for a degree in outdoor design at EA Tecomah. I am as dynamic in work as in life. Landscaping is a true vocation for me, a passion that allows me to express myself.”
“I am half French half Danish and I have a baccalaureate in economics and sociology. After that, I went to Denmark where I explored my artistic side studying art, including painting, pottery, music and dance. I continued my visual arts studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris before undertaking more technical training, but this time linked to plants, with a qualification in landscaping at EA Tecomah from 2017 to 2019. I am now continuing my studies and deepening my knowledge by taking a degree in outdoor design at EA Tecomah, so I can specialise in landscaping.”
“In 2016 I passed my baccalaureate in life sciences and agronomy with a specialism in land use and planning. I then studied for a diploma in landscape design at EA Tecomah eco-college. After a year spent studying for a vocational degree in arable farming and environmental studies at the science faculty of the University of Rheims Champagne-Ardenne, I resumed my landscaping studies this year by taking a part-time undergraduate degree course in outdoor design while working for Perspective Jardins. I won the Prix Meilleur Espoir awarded by the Fondation Georges Truffaut in 2015.”
“I have a qualification in interior architecture but I am also passionate about landscape design. After taking a foundation course at the Penninghen School of Art Direction and Interior Architecture, followed by five years at the Académie Charpentier school of applied arts, I put my skills to good use working for various agencies, but also freelance. My passion for nature and the countryside led me to resume my studies for a further year to take an undergraduate degree in outdoor design at EA Tecomah eco-college. Just like the inside of a house, the garden is a combination of a living space, a way of life, the history of the site and its environment.”
“I have a nationally recognised diploma in landscape engineering from the French National Institute of Horticulture in Angers and started my career as a project manager for NEXITY Foncier Conseil. I developed landscaping projects designed to manage rainwater on business parks and took part in developing a quality management system, ISO 14001, for environmentally friendly developments that are sympathetic to the landscape. After eight years’ experience, I joined EA Tecomah eco-college to teach project approaches, landscape interpretation and the history of garden design. Having been part of the planning group for the outdoor design degree course, which I now co-ordinate, I work with students to develop their careers by forming partnerships with landscaping companies.”
“I graduated from the French School of Landscape Design in Versailles in 2006 and started work in a research department in Val d’Oise, working on designing public spaces and carrying out large-scale landscape studies. In 2013 I joined EA Tecomah eco-college to teach project management for landscape design projects and the skills of the trade. I help future landscaping professionals to develop their creativity and transform their ideas into practical technical solutions. For several years I have worked with Lyse-Marie Clisson teaching the social, environmental and cultural considerations for landscape and garden design. From this work came the outdoor design degree programme which we started in 2019 at EA Tecomah, a college which trains students in trades relating to the design and build of landscaping projects.”