You are already accustomed to living life at full speed: work, gardening, sleep and other things, work in the garden. It is not a matter of cultivating vegetables or growing in the shade of roses for your own enjoyment. Your green space is not easy to imagine and design decently. Our article will be useful for you by inspiring you to create a running garden that is the latest trend in landscaping, introduced by Giles Clement at a conference a year ago.
What is the concept of a moving garden?
The scattering of the movement with development. The idea of a dynamic garden in the sense of letting nature do its work comes close to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s principle for a place that is somehow wild, where human influence is invisible or completely absent. Is this what you want: the perfect symmetry of an English garden, a bucolic garden or a French garden?
Your design will reflect your character! You tend to pull too tightly on the anchors: you are authoritarian and the French garden is perfect for you.
Enriched by a free and fair attitude, you prefer uncontrolled diversity that does not require your intervention, so let’s leave things as they are and where they are. A bucolic garden or an English garden will satisfy your lazy attitude.
You are already frowning, wondering how the running garden differs from the last two. The thesis supported by the followers of this idea is “to keep something alive”. That is, leave the whole food chain in your garden: plants and animals that help each other. The role of the gardener is to be an observer rather than an influencer.
Giles Clement’s moving garden with eyes!
According to the lecturer in the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture du Paysage de Versailles, movement, self-seeding and species migration involve seasonal changes and changes. Running gardens, living or visiting, are never fully visible but very touching: we kneel, we lie down, we rub ourselves, we smell, we breathe. In this sense, we should not cut the lawn but do it to draw a path. For some reason, weeds should be allowed to grow in the garden.
The wise gardener has to wait for the right moment to hide in the peace of the plant world without disturbing the natural process. He must choose the moment when spontaneous growth involves all the elements that are commonly found in a garden: trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, grasses, and even wild roses. The role of the gardener is then to guide and enrich the sympathy towards nature. Clément does not use any chemicals, does not give any excess water and does not use any noise and energy saving equipment. But he prunes: The willow he has sown himself is pruned to show more than one stem.
You have to listen to the plants. In the spring, for example, pruning hydrangea and wisteria, or following the mimosa pruning period, which varies according to variety.
Gilles Clement’s idea is to restore balance to the earth
Clement calls a moving garden a conceptual tool. His second, Planetary Garden, came after seeing the first photographs of Earth from space. He imagined expanding boundaries and care, lavished for the whole world in the allotted gardens. In 2000, Clement led a large scientific exhibition in Paris to illustrate a positive example of this theme. He also took a stand on the migration of species like the American writer Michael Polan, which did not always make him popular in the scientific community.
“The main purpose, Clement writes, is to promote biodiversity, a source of wonder and our guarantee for the future.”
Over the years, Clement has been creating another concept, which he calls the “third kind of landscape.” A well-conducted study of agriculture and forestry south of Paris led him to search for hidden spaces that could escape a single culture and be forgotten by human art, the spaces often abandoned after abuse, still able to regenerate spontaneously. He always had sympathy for marginalized and neglected places.
His efforts to incorporate such freedoms into municipal design proved controversial. His belief in the garden has always been unshakable: “Real land, mysterious but exploratory, invites the gardener to define his place, his prosperity, his abode. It keeps humanity suspended over time. Each seed announces tomorrow. It’s still a project. The garden produces products, carries symbols, lives with dreams. It’s accessible to everyone. He promises nothing and gives everything. A
Some plants are annuals or perennials, they adapt to the terrain and do not move. Others are called aggressive and make colonies. It is up to you how to predict the growth of your plants.
When maintaining your garden, it is best to adapt the land according to your needs. This means following the movements of the trees and respecting them, not doing anything for one’s own benefit.
Ask yourself questions about each unusual event. A tree has fallen in your garden and you have decided to eradicate it. Before pruning, check gently like a caring doctor. Maybe life did not leave him!