A contemporary medieval garden

The Priory Gardens

We are well beyond the term "unusual"... extraordinary, magically organized, would be, rather, the least we can say!

The priory itself was founded in 1107, by Robert d'Arbrissel, creator of the abbey of Fontevraud, in Maine-et-Loire. And, at his death, the legend indicates that his heart would have remained at the priory, this being remembered today, in the garden, by a plant heart...
The creator of the garden bought the priory in 1991... and it was a ruin! As for the garden, it only had three pear trees!

 

Medieval mystical inspiration, contemporary realization

The ensemble that has been created is therefore completely contemporary, while being inspired by the medieval garden, certain installations having been taken from period illuminations, such as, for example, the vine on wooden fences.
As this is a priory garden, the religious symbolism led the gardener... In one part, we will find wine, bread and oil. With the vegetable cloister, we have an evocation of the lost paradise, with, in the center, the fountain with the four exits which represent the four rivers of Eden. The rose garden is the garden of Mary...

The gardens of the Priory are composed of twelve enclosed areas, with different purposes, a set that was found in the gardens of monasteries to be able to live in autarky, and everything is very beautiful, very controlled, very balanced ... go stroll, dream, admire, meditate ...

 

 

The Priory Gardens
Notre-Dame d'Orsan Priory
RD 65
18170 Maisonnais
Tel : 02 48 56 27 50
jardinsdorsan@gmail.com


http://www.prieuredorsan.com/

 

 

 


To go further....

Les jardins de France

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Une vaste étude du jardin, du cœur du Moyen Âge à nos jours.
Inscrit entre nature et culture, l'histoire du jardin croise celle de l'économie, de la religion, de l'art et de la politique, et ne cesse de répondre aux visées les plus diverses de la société, des plus matérielles aux plus symboliques. Longtemps considéré comme un reflet du paradis perdu, il incarne tout naturellement aujourd'hui l'aspiration à un contact renouvelé avec la nature. Etabli au plus près de l'homme, le jardin est révélateur d'une société en son temps.
Dictionnaire amoureux illustré des Jardins

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Je sais aujourd'hui qu'un jardin n'est pas uniquement un agencement d'arbres, d'arbustes et de fleurs, il est le passé et l'avenir d'une région, d'un pays, d'une religion, d'une civilisation. Du jardin de l'Eden à celui que modestement j'entretiens, ce Dictionnaire amoureux rend hommage aux auteurs tels que Hugo, Chateaubriand, Garcia Lorca et Prévert, qui ont su domestiquer et magnifier cette nature reconstituée et ce faisant aux peintres qui s'en sont inspirés : Monet, Picasso, Caillebotte et tant d'autres. Ni guide ni manuel, ce livre est tout simplement la projection de mes curiosités et de ma passion. Je ne parle que des jardins que je connais et mieux, que j'apprécie, des femmes et des hommes, célèbres ou non, que j'admire et de tous ces petits riens qui semblent avoir si peu d'importance et qui pourtant constituent l'âme d'un jardin.

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