Evor has lived in Nantes since he began attending the city’s fine arts school in 1994. Since setting up shop in a building not far from Place du Bouffay, his all-consuming passion for plants has resulted in the creation of a hanging garden in the tiny courtyard of a private passageway: a tiny, natural wonderland which he cares for everyday.
“The idea behind this garden is to blend plants of all horizons – continental, exotic, Mediterranean, wild, hybrid, “weeds”, grasses, trees, bushes, creepers… – in a joyful, unrestricted mix. Only the limited available space restricts its expansion. Every tiny corner can be used and planted. It is a hybrid garden, in the vein of Nantes’ early public parks, where sailors brought the first palm trees and camellias… It is like a miniature botanical garden where the plants – all potted – determine the layout, moving about from one year to the next, gradually reoriented as they grow, gain volume, and spread out. Plants need to stretch out with ease and gorge themselves on light… It is a question of working with them rather than controlling them...” (Evor, Jungle intérieure, January 2018)
This is how cacti and succulent plants, red Musa, tree ferns, Hydrangea, Helianthus, Tiarella, Filipendula, Pieris bowdeni, Festalis, Aristolochia, jasmine, Sparmannia, Hosta, Chamaerops, Cordyline, Bougainvillea, lemon trees, olive trees, Albizia, Eucomis, Callistemon, Gunnera, Abutilon, Verbena, Rodgersia, Callicarpa, Molinia, Wisteria, Spurge, Cycas, Alocasia, etc. colonize the roofs, walls and balconies of this urban interstice.
The most curious visitors can even hoist themselves up a few metres off the ground using a wooden staircase built for the event and discover an unprecedented view of this isle of greenery overlooked by the bell tower of Sainte-Croix church.
Jungle intérieure is a rare marvel and an urban oasis that is best appreciated in silence!
In partnership with the Municipal Parks services of Nantes
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