A partnership of ABEILLUS & Carneville Castle (Manche)
With the assistance of the Association of Friends of the Carneville Castle and the Lycée Agricole et Horticole de Coutances
The Carneville Castle located in Normandy has always lived in symbiosis with its park and its garden, to feed, to warm as much as to stroll. The garden must be incorporated in place of pleasure, and why not vegetable or forestry production.
In addition to revealing a nature drawn by Man, the reflection on this place leads to questioning both on the aesthetic level as well as on the ecological impact.
An extraordinary project ...
The Asian Gardens are an evocation of 3 Asian countries, Japan, China and India. A walk is imagined to lead the visitor from India to China, then to Japan, and this through a selection of plants from these countries, the hibiscus for India, the dogwood for China or the maple from Japan. The gardens then become the setting for construction, such as the Chinese Pavilion, the torii gate or the metal and wood bridge, connecting India to China while preserving the long-established ecosystem in this place.
The walk, which begins at the North-West entrance, at a belvedere, shows through a plant screen all the gardens. The visitor then takes the Indian road through stone walls in which are fixed tree roots evoking a vanished world, a lost city ... Then the walker reaches a levitating wooden footbridge over a swampy land and spanning a stream, follows a gravel river lined with a carpet of short grass. The announcement of the Japanese garden is illustrated by a selection of Japanese maples bringing in autumn a particular luster of yellow, orange and red foliage, following the blooming orange azaleas mollis Chinese garden. The Asian Gardens are meant to be an aesthetic, sensory and spiritual experience, offering the visitor a place of inner renewal, access to a sublimated nature. Beauty gives access to the deepest emotions, the most true joys. The various Asian worlds experienced by the walker leave him in his inner journey ...
A participatory initiative that spans several months ...
From October to January, ABEILLUS and the Carneville Castle conceive an original project, focused on the creation and realization of the Asian Gardens. During his visit, the walker will be able to circulate in an evocation of the lost cities of the foothills of the Himalaya in India, with the plant paintings inspired of Japan and China. ABEILLUS traces the contours of these new gardens and offers a selection of endemic species from Asian countries.
As of January, the project is set up, the drawing is stopped and the plant selection commissioned from an Asian plant specialist. All plants are funded by ABEILLUS.
The week of March 11 ... An emblematic week where the project is born! 600 specimens (50 species and varieties) are delivered, so that at the same time the Agricultural and Horticultural High School of Coutances comes in reinforcement. An essential mission: the planting of a slope 5 meters high and 15 meters wide, orphaned by his alder, at least a hundred years old but very ill, which unfortunately had to be cut down. Ten students and their teacher will come to plant chestnuts, hawthorns, hazel trees and many other trees and shrubs emblematic of the Normandy countryside.
From the dawn, the Association of the Friends of the Carneville Castle will come in relay of the pupils, in order to continue the work of plantation, and in particular the 350 plants of the Japanese garden on a total surface of 400 m ², and also the Chinese garden layout.
The Carneville Castle owner – Guillaume Garbe
In 2012, Guillaume Garbe, a lover of our French heritage and passionate about art, acquired the Carneville Castle and its 7-hectare park, within a 25-hectare estate, with the help of his family. 2012. It has only one purpose, to revive and share this beautiful and historic place. Guillaume's goal is to revitalize the Castle and its gardens to make it a major cultural hub of the region. In 2018, the Carneville Castle is chosen by the mission Stéphane Bern heritage lotto and receives funds that will come to save the great "Country House" attacks of a devastating fungus, the merule. This battle, Guillaume also leads to the rebirth of the park, the setting of the building and which has many assets, an austral garden, a French garden, an arboretum, an orchard, gardens of Asia complete this collection that will be increased by a vegetable garden in 2020.
The fact sheet: Historian of Architecture, Gardens and Landscape
The Carneville Castle park is a cultural landscape, it is a heritage whose specificity is to implement living materials, natural processes and changing human practices.
The project has benefited from the expertise of a specialist in historic gardens, Axel Lefranc, holder of a Master's degree in Historical Gardens, Heritage and Landscapes (Field of History History of Gardens and Landscape) of the National School of Architecture in Paris, Versailles.
The gardens of Asia are a place that requires protection, restructuring and reinvention, Axel, as a historian gave the dynamic, critical and creative perspective to the project.
ABEILLUS highlights artistic creation while working on the environmental aspects of gardens. French luxury and respect for ecology are our key foundation.