For the 20th edition of the «Rendez-vous au jardin», from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June, nearly 150 parks and gardens will open their doors throughout the Hauts-de-France region. Throughout the weekend, more than 200 animations will be set up for all audiences, neophytes and enlightened amateurs. Zoom on contemporary gardens.

The «Gardens of the New World» - Franco-American Museum of the Château de Blérancourt (Aisne)

Created by the American landscape architect Mark Rudkin In 1997, the gardens of the New World are the newest of the gardens of the castle of Blérancourt.

Located in the old gardens of a 17th century castle, the «New World Gardens» are planted with species of American origin, displaying their bright colours as the seasons change. During the Rendez-vous aux jardins, let yourself be guided through the five seasonal gardens, discover the history of the castle and the trees of the park through a game book, and even shape with clay a figure inspired by a decorative element of the castle.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June from 10am to 6pm

Donjon de Vez (Oise)

The contemporary and minimalist garden of the Vez keep, created in 1989 by Pascal Cribier in collaboration with Patrick Ecoutin, is inspired by medieval iconography and maintains a visual dialogue between a vegetal quadrilobe (geometric shape emblematic of the Middle Ages) and stone quadrilobes initiate a dialogue between living vegetal architecture and ancient mineral architecture.

The Donjon de Vez is a real medieval fortress that became in 1987 a place dedicated to contemporary creation. Home to a collection of monumental works, the Keep and its park benefit from an original development that combines in situ installations and feudal architecture. The Donjon de Vez combines heritage and modernity, like a bridge between medieval times and our contemporary times.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June from 2pm to 6pm

Parc du musée du Louvre-Lens (Pas-de-Calais)

Integrated from the outset into the architectural project of the Louvre-Lens Museum, signed by Agence SANAA, this 20-hectare park is a link between the museum and the city. The French landscape architect Catherine Mosbach It has shaped nature in an approach attentive to the evocations of the past and sensitive to the local ecosystem.

The Louvre-Lens Park hosts many species of birds, finding refuge and food in the middle of the city. During a visit, by an animator of the League for the Protection of Birds, open your ears and let yourself be lulled by their melodious songs. Two introductory workshops are also offered: one on tea tasting, the second on photography as part of the exhibition Paysage. Window on nature». The youngest will be invited to solve puzzles that will lead them to an artistic surprise, to share together.

Animation on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June

All the programming of the Rendez-vous at the 2023 gardens of Hauts-de-France:

Rendez-vous aux jardins is a national event, organized by the Ministry of Culture, which aims to highlight the richness and variety of parks and gardens, historical and contemporary and the preservation of a cultivated nature throughout the territory.

It is also an opportunity to sensitize visitors to the many actions implemented by the Ministry of Culture, local authorities and owners, private and public, to conserve, restore, create gardens and transmit knowledge and know-how.