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Tell us about your background…G. Guillot "I started working very young, with a training in green spaces in my pocket. After several years spent gardening for communities and individuals - classic gardener's course - I was entrusted with the creation of the Priory gardens Orsan. The 13 hectares of land were abandoned and had just been bought by Patrice Taravella, to be attached to the building now restored in Relais & Châteaux. I was 30 years old and I was tired of the classic maintenance work on green spaces, so I embarked on this great adventure without hesitation! Since its creation in 1993, I build this garden on the theme of the medieval garden of monastic inspiration.
What are the peculiarities of such a garden?
Is it more restrictive to maintain than a traditional garden?In my opinion, the biggest constraint lies ... in people! You have to succeed in organizing the daily life of the four people who garden beside me and make sure that the work progresses harmoniously. For the rest, I let nature do it! If it rains too much today, we postpone this task for the next day, it's that simple. Regarding maintenance proper, I refrain from using synthetic molecules on edible plants: I make my own compost and I get manure from farmers in the region. The most important thing for me is to keep the plants healthy so that I don't have to intervene afterwards! Even if the mechanization of tasks is essential, we continue to carry out a certain number of works by hand, using a wheelbarrow and traditional tools: a real work of ant which allows me at the same time to build myself ...
A quick word to end this interview…I work in a sometimes hostile environment, however I have a real love relationship with my garden - which no longer looks the same today as it did when it started! To please visitors, we offer harvested products transformed into jams, fruit juices and delicacies. Come and discover without delay…
More info on www.prieuredorsan.com