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Gardening is first of all remembering

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Sign of social success for the property owners in the 1970s, the garden, gradually invested and arranged as an extension of the house, is today synonymous with well-being. But that's not his only asset. Thought, maintained and shared, the garden is also a place of transmission.

One might think oneself free to wander between the shelves of the garden centers or in the paths of the nurseries ... It is not so, or almost. Because it solicits all our senses, and in particular the sense of smell, the plant prints our memory very early. Strung by our emotions, marked by our memories, we leave more or less consciously in search of a shape, a color or a perfume of our childhood. "We often plant the rose that we saw or felt in the garden of his mother or grandmother," says François Pauly of the Observatory of garden trends. Even entrusted to a landscaper, it is not uncommon for our green space to take shape around family references (and preferences).

A low wall surrounded by hydrangeas, a wisteria pergola ... our choice of plants, like the places where we decide to place them, tell something of our history. No fear therefore to see his garden doubloon with that of the neighbor. Singular, personal, this composite landscape is revealed as a territory of emotions. Those that have been transmitted to us and those that we transmit in our turn.

Lessons of wisdom Few people who have not played at least once, on the balcony or in their garden, to the apprentice gardener. Planting, pruning, weeding ... Whatever the garden or the gardener, it is always the same gestures that we repeat. Either because they are reproduced by mimicry or because they have been learned from experience. "There are not thirty-six ways to cut a geranium or sow perennials", confirms François Pauly before adding that this is not the essential. (This is what makes us feel guilty of having had a heavy hand when pruning the stepmother's rose.) Well beyond the technical know-how, the care we give to our plantations allows us to transmit values ​​of respect and attention.

"You can see in a garden an inert green mass or an incredible living laboratory to watch, preserve, maintain." And then, because it grows at its own pace, the vegetable returns us to the idea of ​​a slower time which contrasts furiously with the speed of our modern societies. Always in motion, but in a rhythm that belongs to him, the garden is at the same time a school of patience and frustration. It is vain to force on the fertilizers, to perfect its method of size, nothing obliges a plant to change program. On the contrary, it is better to approach it with wisdom, and all the more so as in the image of the man, the garden would mature after about fifteen years ... That's saying!

82% of French people with a garden benefit "often" or "every time" as time permits.

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