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Philippe Grandry’s ‘Jardin Mosaïque’ in the Sarthe

Philippe Grandry’s ‘Jardin Mosaïque’ in the Sarthe

Georges Rouzeau - 2012-03-20

Lost in a valley somewhere in the Sarthe, the Jardin Mosaïque is a mosaic of perennials, old roses and kitchen garden plants, all grown organically. The result is a deeply moving model of success where science and poetry live together in perfect harmony.

Before coming to the Sarthe département of France to carry out his long-standing dream of creating a mosaic garden, agronomist Philippe Grandry worked for many years in the banana plantations of the West Indies where abundant quantities of herbicides and pesticides are used. In the Jardin Mosaïque, the five-hectare ecological garden Grandry created in La Salle, natural agricultural methods are de rigueur and pesticides and other chemical products are banished.
Everything is grown according to the common sense that prevails in organic farming. Composted fertilisers, straw mulches, recycled rain water, beneficial fauna and micro-organisms that are encouraged to come and stay: this natural milieu brings together science and poetry with exemplary balance. The garden guestbook bears witness to the project’s success; even the département’s chamber of agriculture came for a visit – changing times indeed! Wildflowers and cultivars, vegetables and roses: the Jardin Mosaïque wears its name well as a perfectly harmonious mosaic garden of lovely plants and colours.
Le Jardin Mosaïque
La Salle, route de Poillé
72430 Asnières-sur-Vègre
Tel: (33) 02 43 92 52 35

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