After having lived for many years in the Paris region, Emile Poirier, landscaper, and his wife settled in the heart of Beaujolais. Back to basics for this couple of plant enthusiasts, garden lovers, ready to travel 300 kilometers to find the coveted species! In search of a charming property to renovate, they are investing in an old farm near Villefranche sur Saône which benefits from magnificent land that is conducive to becoming a true showcase of their expertise.
A very country spirit
The couple decided to keep the soul of the house and the garden. A very country spirit, a certain rusticity voluntarily highlighted. However, the abandoned outdoor space requires major restructuring. "We had to create spaces, separate them because the ground was very extensive, explains Emile Poirier. Compose with the elements that we wanted to keep like the vegetable patch, the orchard and make choices notably according to the view and perspectives. this is how we did not want to close the garden in order to provide a feeling of freedom and openness to the surrounding landscapes. "
The landscapist's first achievement: the square garden, delimited by old cemetery gates recovered from a stonemason. A space apart, very geometric which evolves over time with ground cover species that highlight roses or olive trees arranged in the center of each square.
From there, you access by a vegetable arch to the vegetable garden framed by original hedges composed of multiple varieties: mountain ash, Judas tree, hawthorn, brambles, elderberry ...
If the vegetable garden already existed when the house was acquired, the layout has been completely redesigned. Only the pear tree remained in its place, immutable and majestic.
Around it are arranged the different squares in which different varieties are planted each year: squash, strawberries, artichokes, cabbage, leeks, etc.
The plants are rotated every year. And no question of digging. The compost is placed and creates a biotope. The vegetables are directly planted in the spring in unreturned soil. The walk in the highly structured vegetable garden continues with the paths that converge towards the center of the space marked by the presence of a steel cylinder, like a sculpture. A little further a tunnel covered with roses and mulberry trees hides the neighborhood and the road that borders the property.
Finally, go to the orchard which punctuates the visit to the garden. The opportunity to taste delicious figs and juicy pears.
Other fruit trees are present in Emile's garden: citrus fruits create the decor at the entrance to the property. Orange and grapefruit in pots brought from Avignon are brought into the greenhouse created in winter to shelter them and which serves as a meeting room for the landscaping team each morning. Citrus fruits that go well with verbena, agapanthus and different varieties of fragrant pelargoniums. If many trees and original species have harmoniously kept their place, the owners have added some, brought back from their Parisian property with the concern of maintaining continuity in the garden. "We work by collection, that is to say that if we choose a variety of plants, we find it in different places in the garden. This is the case of old roses, hellebores, euphorbias, perennial geraniums by example. "
An ever-changing garden
But with Emile, the decor never stops evolving. "We spend our time redoing everything. It is never finished!" It must be said that each evening, the couple stroll in the garden. Admiring, concerned and critical, he watches, sniffs and inspires himself. The garden is an inexhaustible source of creation!
Plant sheets: Hellebore, spurge, fig, verbena, agapanthus, pelargonium, hawthorn, Judas tree.