Designed in 2008 by Céline Le Tixerant and Axel Equilbey, La halte (The halt) garden invited proposes gathering around a pool to share a fragment of truth, in the shade of a fig tree.
In 2009, giving way to the colour festival, La halte has developed into La halte des teinturiers (The dyer’s halt) a tinctorial garden.
Pools or dye tanks, filled with warmly coloured and luminous pigments, occupy the garden where the fibres removed from the dye-baths dry out. La halte des teinturiers garden is built around seven chromatic atmospheres. Each atmosphere recalls the delicate dyeing process. In the foreground, the tinctorial plants, in the middle the pool, just above ground level and filled with colour. Finally on either side of the pool, plants whose leaves or flowers recall the colour used in the process.
Born in 1971, Frédérique Michel passed her baccalauréat, school leaving certificate in 1989 and obtained a B.A in history in 1992. She then entered a School of Dramatic Art for 3 years. She worked on stage both as an actor and stage director for approximately fifteen years, with, among others, the Tréteaux de France, Emmanuel Demarcy mota, André Wilms, Richard Dubelski, etc. She is currently working on a professional landscape reconversion project. This year, she followed a continuing education course at Chaumont-sur-Loire called “New landscape orientations” as well as 3 modules at the ENSP (the Natural Vegetable Garden with Yves Gillen, Restructuring a Garden with Jean Leboeuf and Garden Sketches with Claude Pasquer). She will commence training in "garden design within the landscape" at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles (Versailles National School of Landscape Architecture) next September. She currently lives in Fontenay sous Bois in Ile de France.
On 24 December 1976, Dimitri Leduc was born in Rennes, in the region of Brocéliande. Very quickly, he developed a special love for visual arts and discovered his first sensations of nature. With a Civil Engineering baccalauréat, in his pocket, he continued his studies moving from Strasbourg to Angoulême and then obtained a post-graduate qualification in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design in Paris. He entered the world of work with a company carrying out subaquatic jobs before joining the Olivier Thin’s Architect’s Workshop as an interior architect. Settled in the city, he realized that he missed Nature and made a change in career to landscape planning, by following the “New landscape orientations” training course at the Chaumont-sur-Loire Domain in 2008. Today, he is furthering his education in The Natural Vegetable Garden with Yves Gillen at the Ecole National Supérieur du Paysage à Versailles (Versailles National School of Landscape Architecture) and his research on the relations between man, nature and the fluidity of space through contemporary dance. At the same time as this, he created his IN/OUT designer business.
Born in 1981, in Vendôme in Loir et Cher, Noémie Chevereau's career was very quickly marked by creative activities; gathering bits of string to invent something else. Very naturally, her studies directed her towards visual arts, interior architecture and environmental design. Her skills were recognized by the CFAI, Conseil Français des Architectes d'Intérieur (French Council of Interior Architects). Alternately freelance designer working with freelance architects and teacher of visual arts, her main interest remained projects linked to the living environment. She therefore devoted herself to the design of public spaces and sustainable development. A first job in a landscape architect’s office reinforced this choice. In 2008 the "New Landscape Orientations" professional training course offered her the opportunity to round off her studies and to find the right approach to issues. The Chaumont-sur-Loire training centre helped her find work experience at the Ilex landscape and urban planning office, where she now works as an assistant landscape architect.
Born in 1973, in Colmar, Luc Meinrad spent the first part of his life at Illhaeusern on the edge of the Ill, among fields of potatoes and maize. He developed a strong taste for the fresh air of rural life in the country, and began to acquire his early knowledge and skills in relation to plants. He became an agronomist, following an agricultural education, and took advantage of this to travel a little. Today, he lives, works and enjoys himself in Paris and abroad. He is a part-time trainer, coordinator and lecturer. He does all this through Trame, an association which helps farmers make innovations in their businesses and on their land. In 2008, Luc followed the “New Landscape Orientations” training course and the Chaumont sur Loire Domain. He decided to change profession and, in 2009, he started the “"garden design within the landscape" course at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles (Versailles National School of Landscape Architecture).
Born in 1977 in Soissons. Trained as an urban planner, in the year 2000 Guillaume Felder continued to specialize in urban and landscape planning by taking the course given by the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures d’Aménagement de Tours (now the Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Tours) and the Centre International des Parcs et Jardins (International parks and gardens centre) at Chaumont-sur-Loire. After his first experience in urban planning at the Laurence Hubert design office (Paris), he became one of the team of Extra-Muros urban planners and architect-project planning engineers. Within the team, he was more specifically in charge of themes related to protecting, developing and taking into consideration the larger landscape, or the urban landscape in the reflections on urban planning and development projects.
Professional photographer for the last twenty years, Frédéric Langel worked for Wurth France, Staub, Française des Jeux, Glaxo laboratories, as well as the Crédit Mutuel bank. This great traveller is also a lover of 20th century antiques and gardening. He is the President of the Etik Movement.
Resident of our central lake, Gisèle is our yellow-bellied salamander. In 2009, she will become the Colour Casting Salamander for the length of the festival. The saying is as follows: “If the salamander casts colour on the rushes he has spread, then the whirling bird shall also add its hue."