The ABC of the garden


The Abécédaire du jardin: infos, names and addresses to remember!

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Plant festivals, gardening tools, new varieties of flowers ... 26 green information to remember this season.

Happiness is in the garden. And to prove it to you, Côté Ouest has created his green alphabet, a small concentrate of flowery information. Flowers, Plant fairs and garden tools ... We learn, we discover and we love!

Stones of France


The Association of Botanical Parks of France ensures the safeguarding of private gardens and makes them known to the public. Join to share with other passionate meetings, visits, travels, conferences, exchanges and knowledge.15 bis, rue de Marignan, 75008, Paris. apbf.asso.free.fr

Beauregard celebrates plants

April 10th, 11th and 12th, 2015.In the program: wetland plants, plant collections, rarities, art de vivre on the garden side. Domaine de Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, Castle Street, 91940 Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard.


Moved to Chantilly for this 62 nd session. The English garden of the estate will welcome nurserymen, producers and creators. Theme of this year: "transmission of plants" that resist fashions and cross eras. More lectures, exhibitions, life around the garden. Courson, May 15 to 17, 2015, Domaine de Chantilly, 60500 Chantilly, domainedechantilly.com


The most important festival of plants in the north of France, adopts the theme of artistic forms made using simple materials, from the pleasure garden to the kitchen garden.Citadelle de Doullens, May 30 and 31, Côte d'Amiens, 80600 Doullens.jdja.net

Eyrignac and the gardens of his manor

10 hectares of boxwood, vegetable sculptures, yew cones, and topiary art cut to perfection: a delightful walk in the heart of the Dordogne. Manor of Eyrignac, 24590 Salignac.

Chaumont Festival

Since 1999, he jostles every year the landscape creation. On the theme of "extraordinary gardens", a mine of ideas and a nursery of talents. Domaine de Chaumont, from April 23 to November 1, 2015,41150 Chaumont-sur-Loire. domaine-chaumont.fr

Seeds and seeds Kokopelli

Militia, since 1999, for food biodiversity, thanks to small producers, members, organic growers: 650 varieties of tomatoes, 200 peppers, 150 squash ... 1,700 varieties of vegetables, cereals, medicinal, conditional, ornamental , rarely cultivated and little known, a global collection of 2,200 varieties. Join, buy on their site. kokopelli-semences.fr


A Japanese novelty that does not support dry soil and the hot sun: "Miss Saori". Rustic variety until minus 15 ° C, double flowers white and fringed and frosted with bright pink. Will bloom from June to September. To order at Promesse de Fleurs and Schryve Jardins.


At the Château d'Auvers-sur-Oise on 23 and 24 May 2015: 50 nurseries, open-air art gallery, fruit and vegetable sculptors, land art, floral art. Castle Auvers-sur-Oise, rue de Lery, 95430 Auvers-sur-Oise.


At the Tuileries, from June 4th to 7th, on the theme of the "happy city". Numerous nurseries, 12 large gardens and 15 terraces, first antique village with the presence of fleas Saint-Ouen. An always attractive walk in the heart of Paris.


Less known than the rhododendron, with its pink and fragrant bloom. Shrub of heather earth, it can reach 2 to 3 meters high, likes acid and fresh soils. To plant in partial shade, alone or in solid mass. Persistent, it will light your garden at the end of spring.

Linnaeus (Carl von)

(1707-1778) (Swedish) king of the botanical classification, and still relevant. He has arranged plants by classes, orders, families, genera, and species, making botany a distinct science.

Marie (Stéphane)

His latest book, The Garden by Stéphane Marie and Dany Sautot (Editions du Chêne), is full of advice, cards on plantations, plants and the realization of a garden. 500 pages to tame space and plants.

Nature and Discoveries

For their 25 years of passion for our land, you will find 25 unpublished objects from 25 designers in every shop: from kayak to folding knife, from market cane to tree candles; rain boots with waterproof backpack.

Oxalis deppei

Or the false four-leaf clover. This very nice plant blooms from pink to purple, from May to August in very decorative tufts. Prefer it in pots because it spreads quickly. Do not plant the oxalis "sorrel", it is an invasive weed.

Stones of France

Varied collection of vases, fireplaces, fountains, basins, statues, reconstituted stone or carved stone. Genuine French know-how.Pierres de France, 12, rue du Château, 63200 Cell, stones-terres-France.com


Put your new plants in quarantine in a corner to avoid any contagion or disease. For lack of "traceability" or insurance on germs or insects, repot with the earth of your garden, forget them some time and, after two months of isolation, do not hesitate to plant them.

Appointment the weekend of June 5th to 7th. An appointment not to be missed where more than 2200 gardens will be open to the public. Theme of this year: "walk in the garden". Events, animations, meetings, games and visits. culturecommunication.gouv.fr/rendezvousauxjardins.


The invention of the Marquis de Molleville took more than thirty years to succeed in place of the traditional gardener's serpette. Light and precise, it is the best garden companion of all planters.

Terra Botanica

Landscaper and urban planner, Thierry Huau realized in Angers this plant park with a global vision. 11 hectares playful and educational: botanical gardens, primary forests, jungle, vegetable gardens, orchards, rose gardens ... Unique in Europe! One hour from Paris by TGV. Terra Botanica Park, Épinard Road, 49000 Angers.


Natural protection action of certain plants to ensure their survival and to ward off nuisances.


The Vilmorin family has been developing, since 1815, in Verrières-le-Buisson, close to Paris, this renowned sanctuary of science, agriculture and horticulture. To celebrate this bicentennial: exhibitions, conferences, private visit of the Arboretum, Herbarium Vilmorin, Iris Festival, Harvest Festival ... To obtain all the necessary information, contact the cultural service. Blog: verrieres-vilmorin.fr Website: verrieres-le-buisson.fr


Ideal for all small jobs with its capacity of 230 liters, you will lug around, "tricks"! Washable, removable, lightweight, mounted on 4 wide tires, multifunctional and rich in 50 colors. At Tradewinds in Belgium.trade-winds.be


or a sawdust for firewood. The next idea for Father's Day! A must for regular cutting of logs. In all good DIY stores.

Yves Rocher foundation

Created in 2001, the Terre des Femmes Award recognizes women who have valued the environment on a daily basis and sustainable development. On the website of the Yves Rocher Foundation, yves-rocher-fondation.org

Zoo of Vincennes

Travel in the tropical greenhouse, plunge under 4,000 m2 of glass and steel in the moist heat that protects 3,000 plants, 180 trees and palm trees and 50 rare species, from Madagascar to Guyana. Zoological Park of Paris, 53, avenue de Saint-Maurice, 75012 Paris.

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