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Portrait of Creuse
Portrait of Creuse

Gilles Clément

A passionate gardener

“Based in the Creuse region of France, Gilles Clément is one of those who likes to have his hands in the dirt. Drawing inspiration from his garden and his travels, he observes nature and deduces that man’s mastery of nature is at best utopian, at worst dangerous.” From the Blog oleomac.fr

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Gilles Clément

"Looking could be the fairest way to garden tomorrow."

He likes
  • Nature
  • Creuse
  • Garden

From the Creuse to Paris…

In 1977, he moved to Crozant, in the Creuse; he devoted a book (La Vallée) in 1991 to his home garden, hidden at the bottom of a valley. In another book Le Salon des Berces published in 2009, he tells his personal story with this valley, for him “the Valley of the Butterflies.”

Horticultural engineer, botanist, landscape designer or “gardener,” as he likes to be called, but also a teacher at the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles and holder of the chair of artistic creation at the Collège de France, Gilles Clément has profoundly renewed thinking about the creation of gardens and landscapes, bringing a new look at nature and its dynamics.

Some of his major achievements:

  1. The Parc André Citroën in association with Allain Provost
  2. The Gardens of the Arche de la Défense in association with Guillaume Geoffroy
  3. The garden of the Musée du Quai Branly in association with Jean Nouvel and the Acanthe agency
  4. The Parc Matisse in Lille in association with Claude Courtecuisse

Gilles Clément: “The garden in motion”

This documentary film reveals the philosophy of landscape gardener Gilles Clément and traces his atypical journey in his quest to respect biological diversity. Gilles Clément reveals his secret garden “La Vallée” installed in the Creuse where he experiments with his theories including that of the garden in motion. A film by Olivier Comte (2013 / 52 min. / French version)

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“La Creuse is a garden”

This quote from Gilles Clément says a lot about the landscape richness of the Creuse. In his garden in Crozant, he observes and experiments: a secret garden that he shares with relatives, students, researchers. He then invites the curious to visit the gardens of his friends, Philippe Wanty and his Arboretum de la Sédelle and Christian Allaert and his Clos du Préfons Garden in Villejoint Crozant. Like him, these enthusiasts have chosen the Creuse as their home garden, they all have in common the desire to preserve and enhance exceptional natural sites.