The gothic garden

Le jardin gothique

This is the spiritual heart of our Garden. As soon as we cross the threshold we advance inwardly. The fragile relics of a lost oratory bear witness to the flight of time. And that it is good at times to suspend our turbulence, in order to remember the simple essentials. When a propitious full moon fertilises our earthly seeds, it is the infinite cosmos that takes a part in our minute masterpieces. Then the body feeds the spirit and the spirit ennobles the body. All nourishment is consecrated.

Let us never profane this accord.

This garden comprises 3 parts: -The simple décor of the first part invites us to meditate.

The second part forms a potager. There we find the essential foods of the twelfth century. It is itself divided into five rectangles.
Two rectangles of fruit vegetables (cucumbers, pumpkins
The rectangle of fresh vegetables (leaves and roots
The rectangle of cereals and pulses which are embellished by condiments.
The rectangle of simple and medicinal herbs, where the plants for fever are cultivated, plants for women, plants for the stomach and the Ladies Fingers.*
The third part is an orchard -There we find apples in varieties that existed in the middle ages (Court Pendue Gris, Chestnut, Museau de Lievre, Russet of Saintonge) , the Service tree, Blackthorn, wild strawberries, Cydonia , etc.
In the free spaces we grow plants used in dying (Madder, and Dyer’s weed) and a few ornamentals to decorate the alter.

*(All the information gathered to create this garden comes from the works of Monsieur Pierre Lieuthaghi: “La Plante Compagne”, “Jardin Des Savoirs – Jardin d’Histoire”)