A venue dedicated to the Art of garden in Europe
The Institut Européen des Jardins et Paysages, or European Institute for Gardens and Landscapes, is the result of the partnership between the Foundation for Parks and gardens of France, the Conseil Départemental of Calvados and MRSH/Caen University. It aims to become a location for European meetings and exchanges and a documentation centre for garden amateurs and specialists as well as the general public. Since its creation from the Culture Ministry, the Institute has also received support through the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs (DRAC) of the Basse-Normandie Region.
It is located on part of the first floor of the Château de Bénouville, owned by the Conseil Départemental of Calvados.
This project provides a showcase for European parks and gardens archives, which will be accessible with the latest technology on the site or on line. It will provide a better identification and protection for the archives of gardeners, landscape designers and the relevant companies.
Thanks to the contribution of the Bibliothèque du Calvados (departmental public library), the Institute offers a document base with European books and magazines, available on site.
Conferences, meetings, exhibitions and other manifestations also contribute to the organisation of the Institute’s intellectual and cultural life.
Therefore the Institute will be a European entity while being part of the local community.
Support the Institute
Contribute towards developing our ongoing action by donating via the French Foundation of Parks and Gardens.