The Roman citizen’s backyard in Ambert (Puy-de-Dôme) will reveal its secrets and techniques to the Rendez-vous aux gardens

It is a secret backyard, actually. Tucked away within the coronary heart of a residential neighborhood in Ambert, a Roman-style backyard has flourished for 3 a long time. This personal property will open its doorways to the general public, this weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday fifth of June, on the event of the Rendez-vous aux gardens, organized by the Ministry of Tradition. Greater than 2,200 private and non-private parks and gardens will open all through France for this nineteenth version, underneath the theme “Gardens in opposition to local weather change”.

Denise Vigny, proprietor of the “Jardim do Cidadão Romano”, has participated a number of instances on this nationwide occasion, however not since 2016. Right now, her backyard is “mature”.

Because the Nineteen Nineties

It was within the early Nineteen Nineties that Denise Vigny started remodeling her household’s vegetable backyard. “There have been fruits, greens, rabbits, chickens, which made it doable to virtually reside in an autarchy”, she remembers.

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However she cultivates different pursuits.

I have been captivated with Italy, Antiquity and Archeology since my lecturers took me to Pompeii and Greece, possibly across the age of 14.

Together with her husband Jean-Pierre, who shared a style for historical past and now deceased, Denise gave this area one other orientation.

Over time, deepening his information of the artwork of gardens, with a lowered finances, he remodeled this inexperienced nook of two,000 m2 into a really authentic panorama. “It was created with very small crops from nature, after thirty years, time brings a patina to issues, the crops have realized to remain collectively”, feedback the gardener.

The boxwoods, yews and arbors, pruned and structured, are modeled alongside cross paths. Right here, the backyard is embellished with a labyrinth or mosaic of pebbles, there, a lake and sculptures representing Mercury, Bacchus, Venus and even this “Roman citizen” that gave it its title.

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inexperienced all yr

Due to the species that stay inexperienced all year long, the backyard is as lovely in summer season as it’s in winter. And because it has few massive bushes, it permits hikers to admire the mountains and the sky, with their lights or stars. “I did not know why I appreciated these gardens, however that will need to have been why”, thinks the fanatic.

For 4 or 5 years, Denise Vigny managed her backyard in another way, based mostly on the permaculture mannequin. It thus totally responds to the challenges of local weather change, the 2022 theme of the occasion.

Local weather Change

My land was very impoverished, I introduced all my garbage to Sivom, she remembers. Right now, I do not throw something away, every part that’s taken from the backyard is put again there. There aren’t any extra entries. Which makes me enrich my land. Since then, I’ve had worms, frogs, lizards, birds… she introduced the backyard again to life.

Because the soil is totally lined, it suffers much less from the shortage of water that has plagued Auvergne for a number of years. She by no means waters her backyard, solely her potted crops. And the basin is especially fed by the rain that runs off the roofs.

All this data, Denise Vigny can be pleased to share it if requested. In any other case, she is going to let her secret backyard freely obtain her visitors. “As a result of once I go to a backyard, I love to do it myself,” she confides.

For the event, he invited artist associates to exhibit works outdoor, and there can be rest areas, so that everybody can take pleasure in this extraordinary backyard.

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Saturday and Sunday, from 2 pm to six pm. 76 BC. from Croves du Mas to Ambert. Free, wheelchair accessible.

The Rendez-vous program within the gardens, Saturday 4th and Sunday fifth of June 2022 in Livradois-Forez


Within the backyard of the Roman citizen. Learn above.


Within the backyard to Earth.

Workshops “Head of crops”.

Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm. What when you made a vase to your crops out of plastic bottles? Every participant leaves with their creation. From 6 years previous, €8 (free entrance to the backyard), period 1h30, restricted locations, registration on

Sung Poetry Recital.

Sunday from 5:30 pm to six:30 pm Toi et moi, assortment of poetry by Paul Géraldy, guitar sung over his shoulder by Airèl. Free recital and entrance to the backyard.


Within the orchard of the Béjadière Conservatory.

Discovery workshops on “inexperienced pruning”.

Saturday from 9 am to 11 am, within the orchard of the Béjadière Conservatory, discovery workshops on “inexperienced pruning” with Christophe Gathier, from the Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels Auvergne (CEN). Beneath an settlement signed with CEN, the Béjadière orchard is a part of the regional community of orchards to safeguard and promote the fruit-growing heritage. The planted varieties, historically grown in Auvergne, have confirmed themselves each for his or her style qualities and for his or her adaptation to our terroirs.

In truth, within the heart.

Guided excursions “Discovering a center class home and its park”.

Saturday, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, all ages. With Éric Desmazeau, stroll from outstanding bushes to outstanding bushes, observing a calocedron with the most important circumference in France, but in addition the 4th largest sequoia in France, and lots of different distinctive varieties. From the cautious structure to the wooded park, observe all of the traits of a bourgeois home from the start of the twentieth century and its environment. Phone:

Exhibition “Immersion within the coronary heart of Delicate Pure Areas”.

Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to six pm, exhibition on the delicate pure areas of Puy-de-Dôme. Free admission. The Comté forest, Lake Guéry or Servières are emblematic locations among the many finest identified. However there are a complete of 23 websites labeled “Delicate Pure Areas” by the Division which might be topic to a conservation coverage. All its richness might be found by way of an exhibition put in within the wooded park of the Heart d’Ailleurs with preserved biodiversity. 23 sources of climbing inspiration for this summer season.

Guided tour of the exhibition.

Saturday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, on the Heart d’Ailleurs, guided tour of this exhibition and drawing workshop on the motif, with Guillaume Reynard, illustrator. Every tree, plant, flower, has its traits. By taking the time to look at botany, letting your gaze direct your pencil, you can also make very convincing naturalistic sketches. Restricted variety of folks, upon registration on (from 6 years previous).

On the mayor.

Route to find the gardens.

Sunday from 9:30 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to six pm, all public. Pals of untamed herbs, tidy radishes, guarded lawnmowers or weeded paths, come and fulfill your curiosity or your need to share, as a result of if all tastes are in nature, some gardens are extra “pure” than others… Opening of personal gardens, reception, go to, surprises and exchanges across the theme: gardens within the face of local weather change. Route map supplied at reception. Tel:

Guided route to find biodiversity

Sunday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, by way of the village, comply with within the footsteps of Serge Chaleil for a guided and commented tour of the biodiversity.

Workshops “La petite Roberte” with Passeurs de mots.

Sunday from 9:30 am to five pm, momentary library with 5 hammocks, able to welcome curious readers, keen to fulfill or chill out.

“Cooking Wild Vegetation”.

Sunday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, on the City Corridor, with the Régie de territoire des 2 rives and its cell kitchen. Data sales space on the Gardeners Community with backyard seed change and grain library. At registration on (from 7 years previous).

musical leisure

On Sunday, inventive and authentic creation for the occasion by Léa Monteix and Fabien Rimbaud, musicians captivated with off-screen practices, improvisation and shocking encounters. Musical, poetic interludes, maybe danced, staged or staged alongside the paths and within the corners of the gardens.

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Stroll round edible crops.

Saturday from 3:00 pm to five:00 pm, botanical tour within the village, to find the spontaneous flora. Accompanied by Laurent Occelli, botanist, you’ll search for medicinal and edible crops. This tour is a chance to advertise the so-called weeds, with recipes and anecdotes.


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