French "BOTANY FOR CHANGE" Award
As part of its Botany for Change initiative launched last November, the Klorane Botanical Foundation invited students in botany, horticulture, architecture and landscaping to revegetate our lives by creating the "City Garden of the Future"
Groups of students throughout France submitted their projects based on this theme.
The BEAUtanical puzzle
The four jury-selected botanical creations were unveiled to the public in the form of a giant BEAUtanical puzzle in front of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris (May 20, 21 and 22, 2016).
The BEAUtanical puzzle consists of nine pieces:
- the four corner pieces are dedicated to the winning creations
- the four side pieces are contributed by the Klorane Botanical Foundation, with gardens symbolizing the four cardinal points
- the final center piece includes "herbaria" workshops for children, to inspire the future generation of botanists
Over the three days, the public was able to discover the diverse and ingenious interpretations of the "city garden of the future," and the children went home with their very own personal herbarium.
"The best part of this experience was definitely the exhibition and the reception from the public. We were able to explain, discuss, and debate our creation. We felt rewarded by the interest people showed in our project, which encouraged us to continue with future projects. These wonderful and enriching exchanges highlighted several key issues for the future..."
The four prize winners
Agrocampus West Team
School : Agrocampus West Team - Master 1 Paysage
Students : Charles Moreau, Pauline Houlon and Sophie Kling
The team : Clémentine Cazaentre (29 years old) and Andréa Cloche (25 years old), students in their fourth year at the ENSP National School of Landscape Architecture in Versailles.
École du Breuil Paris
École du Breuil, BTS aménagement paysager
THE TEAM : Mathilde Baranez, Tangui Martin, Vincent Prevost et Maxime Renaud
The team : Jean-Alfredo Albert and William Brindel - Students in their first year at the ENSP National School of Landscape Architecture in Versailles.
A lasting impression
So what happens after the puzzle? In order to carve a place for plants in the urban environment, the four winners of "Botany for Change" will breathe new life into Paris's shared garden spaces. These four creations will be further appreciated as additions to the Maison du Jardinage in the Park de Bercy for educational and practical workshops.
On 29 March, a jury of experts and aficionados met to select the four winners of the Botany for Change 2016 prize for the most innovative, aesthetic and visionary creations.
ALAIN BARATON – Head Gardener of the "Grand Parc" at the Château de Versailles et du Domaine National du Trianon/Author of numerous publications on botany.
MARC JEANSON – Head of the National Herbarium of the French National Museum of Natural History (the world's leading herbarium with eight million specimens).
DAVID JEANNEROT RENET - Urban Gardener and "rock'n'roll" planter. Founder of the Les Mauvaises Graines concept store.
STEPHANE MARIE – Host of the Silence ça Pousse (France 5) television show/Author of publications on gardens and plants.
ERIC CHIRON – Landscaper/Founder and Collaborator of the Klorane Botanical Foundation's mobile "BEAUtanical " puzzle.
BRUNO SUET – Photographer specialized in botany.
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