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NORMANVILLE
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2,5
Persons: 6
Category: Other
Host ID: 1401
Country: France

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Last Updated: August 28, 2017

This beautiful, 2.5 hectare garden, set in the heart of Haute-Normandie Pays de Caux near the English Channel and whose light inspired the Impressionist movement, is called the Jardin d'art et d'essais and which can be loosely translated as an Arthouse garden.

This is not a run of the mill Help X destination. There is a real opportunity to learn and have a totally unique experience while staying in the 17th century Priory in the centre of the garden. Cécile Maitrot, the gardening artist or artistic gardener (she conforms to both), welcomes you to join her in this artistic gardening adventure.

Previous experience of gardening and some basic French are welcome but not essential as Cecile can get by in English, Spanish and German and will teach you all you need to know; the work, of course, changes with the seasons and can be a variety of brute force and delicate sensitivity but never forgetting that this is an artistic adventure and is open to the public. Help Xers are invited to food and accommodation in return for an average of 5/6 hours a day work normally starting around midday due to the damp morning conditions (two hour difference in relation with the sun), a day to explore the area will vary according to the season, the work and the weather, this is a gardening timetable not an office one! Cecile would also like to make it clear that although a couple of glasses of wine at the end of the day are a just reward after a day's work, excessive intake of alcohol is NOT welcome and for the "nicotiana tabacum" addicts, there are many other plants in the garden that are healthier to smoke and they are invited to leave their tobacco at the gate.

The garden contains a collection of more than 3000 botanical plants and a collection of around 100 bamboo trees, old roses, aromatic plants, etc so the adages "When in doubt, don't pull out!" and "Watch where you walk!" should become your mantra. Cecile prefers volunteers to stay for a minimum of 6/10 weeks, up to 3 months or more etc,rather than for short stays. This is due to the scope of the garden,its diversity, and the work involved, there is so much to do and learn
and it really is cinema in motion but instead of "ready, steady,action!" it's "roots, shoots and reaction!" Here, the plants are actors too...

QUICK FOR NOVEMBER

NEED TWO PERSONS FOR HELP TO RENOVATE THE KITCHEN AND A ROOM IN THE HOUSE OF THE GARDEN ART ET D'ESSAIS...

SOME SKILLS LIKE PAINTING, HEAT AND SOUND INSULATION, PLUMBING, ELECTRICITY, LAY TILES ARE NECESSARY..... IF YOU ARE INTERESTING BY THE WORK DO WELL CONTACT ME NO GARDEN IN NOVEMBER ONLY WORK HOUSE WE NEED A LITTLE BIT CONFORT FOR THE WINTER

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