The Garden for the Earth, a universe of its own, animated all summer long, in Arlanc (Puy-de-Dôme)

The tour starts with South America. If you bypass them, if you pass the Strait of Gibraltar, you will find yourself in the Mediterranean Sea and soon in the Middle East … To travel the planet and discover the typical plants of each country that offers , since 1997, the Gardens for the Earth in Arlanc.

Araucarias in Latin America, eucalyptus in Africa, banana trees in Egypt, ginkgo biloba in Asia, medicinal and aromatic plants in the Mediterranean, giant sequoias in North America…

More than 2,000 plant species thrive on 6.5 hectares of park and attract around 8,000 visitors every year.

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Since May 26th, Garden for the Earth has opened its doors for a new season full of entertainment and novelties.


While the gardeners complete the final plantings, Catherine Miallet, director since 2000, explains the evolution of the garden. “There are several actions going on. First clear the floor. At the very beginning, in front of the plantations, silo tarpaulins were stretched out. It does not decompose, but kills the earth. It was a different time… But it has become very complicated to remove because now the roots are involved,” she describes.

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The second measure is the thinning of the plantations and the third: the adaptation of the garden to environmental aspects. Plants that only live for one season (annuals) are replaced by those that survive the winter (perennials), which means that the garden can also be supplied from the beginning of spring. And at the same time, it is about overcoming chronic droughts.

“We had never experienced this lack of water in mid-May,” the director warned. We’re doing what we can to limit watering: hoeing, mulching, trickling…”

Catherine Miallet (Director)


In this extraordinary garden, colored by flowers from all over the world, the team has planned something new this summer. Among these novelties, there are, for example, two workshops by Stéfanie Calesse, animator and botanist of the garden: harvesting and making charcoal before making a drawing and taking from the garden what to make for dream catchers. “The conversation is always an excuse to go for a walk,” emphasizes the host.

Stéfanie Calesse with a class by Parentignat. Photos Thierry Lindauer.
Also new: wellness workshops led by professionals from the new Espace santé d’Arlanc, an exhibition by Martine Viala and a week-long circus course. So many reasons to come and return to the Garden for the Earth all summer long.

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A garden that has become a place of culture and
environmental education

Photo Thierry Lindauer

How could a village with less than 2,000 inhabitants like Arlanc accommodate such a tourist structure? Catherine Miallet, director of the Garden for the Earth, traces the history and evolution of this urban site.

What is the emergence of the garden?

“The idea for the garden dates back to 1993, it was born in the mind of the landscape architect Laurence Medioni, who submitted this project as part of the Earth Days in Paris, a kind of universal garden exhibition. Then it looked for intermediaries, including regional nature parks. The idea therefore arrived in Livradois-Forez, where the mayor of Arlanc, Baptiste Souche, worked. This chosen one was then faced with great economic difficulties, since the Grobel factory, which made trousers, and the Teilhol factory, which made cars, had closed. Then he developed two axes: a part dedicated to industry with relay factories and a part dedicated to tourism with the swimming pool, the lake, the lodgings, a recreation area with tennis and the garden. … »

When did the garden open?

“The work started in 1995. The Coup de main association made 80 people available for two years. And the garden opened in 1997.”

What were the beginnings?

“The site originally operated two months a year, with interesting but very young vegetation. It was pretty expensive. We had to ask ourselves where we were going. We had three objectives: first, to make it a place for the Arlancois to go to the theater, to concerts, to have a drink, to walk around; the second to make it a reference for environmental education; and third, to make it a place dedicated to local energies (i.e. hosting clubs, artists, exhibitions, shows, etc. Editor’s note) »Photo Thierry Lindauer

Are the goals achieved?

“The second, yes 100%. We work a lot with the park and we welcome 3,000 school children a year. Our moderator also travels to schools to give lectures. We did well on the third one too. It’s been going well for about four years. The garden now welcomes many actors on the territory, becoming a place of life. “We’re making great progress on this point,” the director continues. Now we are open from May to September. When you have a project, you have to give it time. »Photo Thierry Lindauer

On the program for June and July

Photo Thierry Lindauer

In June

Walks. Musical. Sunday, June 19, 4 p.m., music and plant hike, free entry for all fathers.

Sensitive. Sunday 26 at 2.30pm, free entry and entertainment. A journey through the garden between nature games and storytelling.

Workshops. modeling clay. Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. €8, admission included, ages 6 and up. Each participant leaves with their creation.

In July

Aperitif concerts. At 6:30 p.m. free of charge, plate sale on site. Friday 1 July, Manu Deligne. Thursday 14 Cendrio on the run. Thursday 21st, Tax Brothers & The Old Raccoon and Thursday 28th, Mathaël.

Walks. €2, 1.5 hours. Sunday 3rd at 3pm, Sunday 17th, Friday 22nd, Sunday 24th, Friday 29th and Sunday 31st at 4pm: guided tours.
Tuesday 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. “picking from the garden” (harvesting, preparing, drying, tasting, etc.).
Tuesday 26 at 4 p.m., “Journey to the Land of Trees”, between science and dreams.

welfare. conferences. Thursday, 7th, 5.30 p.m., “The healthy gardener”: Thursday, 21st, 4 p.m., “Let’s breathe nature”: Understanding the breathing of humans and plants. €12, free under 18, 1 hour.

Production of solid shampoo with plants. Monday 6 p.m. to 3 p.m., €8, from 6 years.
Board game “Boddie and Spirite”. In parent-child pairs to talk about their feelings. Thursday 21st at 11am, €12 per couple.

Workshops. 8 € admission included, from 6 years. Monday 11th and 25th, 2pm and 3pm, workshop to make bird feeders or nest boxes, with the LPO. Everyone goes with their creation. Wednesday 20th at 2pm and 4pm, charcoal making. Wednesday 27 at 2pm and 4pm, basketry. Make finger puppets on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 at 2 p.m. (4 a.m., ages 7 and up).

Exhibitions in June and July

Portraits of trees. From July 1st to August 31st. By Year 6 students from Arlanc College.

Variations on Gaspard. From July 11th to August 5th. From the Art et Dore collective. Vernissage open to all on July 9th at 6pm

Manipulation. From May 29th to September 11th. By Claude Goulois.

Resonance. From July 10th to September 4th. By Martine Viala. Vernissage open to everyone (visit and meeting with the artist) on July 10 at 5 p.m

The insects of the world. During summer. Live and stuffed specimens.

Photo Thierry Lindauer

Alice Chevrier


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