Conserver les jardins historiques : un métier en évolution by Pierre BONNAURE – Château de Bénouville

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Conserver les jardins historiques : un métier en évolution by Pierre BONNAURE – Château de Bénouville

Conservation of historic gardens: an evolving profession

Box tree moth, rotting chestnut trees, overgrowing exotic species, global warming, 0% phytosanitary products, etc. are all among the challenges facing today’s gardener.
What consequences do they have on historic gardens? What techniques, methods or tools should we adopt?
Via a few solid examples, the current challenges for historic gardening maintenance will be discussed.

Pierre Bonnaure

After an apprenticeship in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, Pierre Bonnaure specialised in history of art at the ENSP (National School of Landscape Architecture – Versailles) and the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Appointed chief gardener at the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre’s Palais-Royal in 2007, he renovated the Delacroix museum gardens in 2012 and, the same year, co-directed a study on the gardens of the Château de Louvois, the design of which was attributed to Le Nôtre. Co-commissioner of the ‘André Le Nôtre, un règne végétal’ exhibition held at the Tuileries Gardens in 2013, Pierre Bonnaure focuses as much on the plants grown in Le Nôtre’s gardens as he does on their composition. In 2017, he was appointed in charge of the gardens department for the Presidency of the French Republic.