A trip to the land of trees

8 ways to go green

The Calouste Gulbenkian Park, planted with remarkable speciesSandrine Boyer-Engel

On March 12, 2022, Les Franciscaines inaugurates its brand new temporary exhibition "You are a tree!". Like an ode to nature, it magnifies this plant being that crosses the ages and accompanies all people on Earth. More than ever, we need to immerse ourselves in nature and all the riches it offers us. And what better time to discover it with the return of spring?Our 8-step journey for real rejuvenation inDeauville.


"You are a tree!"

The exhibition event at the Franciscans

From left to d. from h. in B. : Fabrice Hyber - Landscape of measurements / Pierre Bonnard - Almond tree in bloom / Kuppenheim, F. - Genealogical tree of the Cerf-Berr family / Xavier Veilhan - Cedar
From left to d. from h. in B. : Fabrice Hyber - Landscape of measurements / Pierre Bonnard - Almond tree in bloom / Kuppenheim, F. - Genealogical tree of the Cerf-Berr family / Xavier Veilhan - Cedar

The tree is the very essence of life; it allowed Men to feed themselves by gathering, to make fire, to lodge from wood, then to travel, to navigate, to conquer and to reunite the world which was separated. An unbreakable relationship, so much so that we have chosen to perch there to represent the image of the family: the family tree.

This exhibition is a journey through natural history and art history, at the crossroads of artists, scientists and explorers who have been so inspired by this plant. In 1748, the English physician and surgeon Robert James assigns in his bestseller Universal dictionary of medicine, surgery, chemistry, botany, anatomy, pharmacy and natural history, etc. an anatomical plate to a venous tree, which sinks its roots in the feet and elaborates its foliage in the brain. Works like tree gesture the witch byEugene Viala, who sees in trees the capacity of the brain to recognize human forms in the forms of nature or Canto XIII of Dante's Inferno, illustrated by Gustave Doré where we see trees appearing in human form. In 2018, the contemporary artist Eva Jospin works with industrial cardboard in which she cuts trees and real forests, up to 4 meters high, and creates her magical universe Curved Forest.

Through a course composed of five thematic sections, nearly 80 works meet in the Franciscans. Paintings, but also manuscripts, botanical documents, engravings and photographs signed by emblematic artists (Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Sebastião Salgado, etc.) from museums around the world, galleries and private collections ( Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, National Museum of Natural History, Fabre Museum, Petit Palais, BnF…).

From Saturday March 12 to Sunday June 5, 2022.


 All about the exhibition "You are a tree!" 

This exhibition allows us to get closer to the tree and realize that, behind a massive appearance, hides a soft wood that deserves to be discovered more.
Alain Baraton, Head Gardener of the Trianon and the Grand Parc of Versailles


at Calouste Gulbenkian Park

Calouste Gulbenkian Park in Bénerville-sur-Mer
Calouste Gulbenkian Park in Bénerville-sur-MerSandrine Boyer-Engel

Every year in October, this island of greenery falls asleep, giving its plant species time to rest during the winter, before adorning themselves with their most beautiful colors and their bushy foliage for the sunny days. It's done ; from April, the Calouste Gulbenkian Park and its 33 hectares are open to the general public. A sixty rare essences multiple scents punctuate the route; at the entrance stands a maple leaf plane tree, for an mountain ash and even a Serbian spruce. Further, the Austrian black pines and Dutch lime trees rub shoulders with Atlantica Glauca cedars and acacia trees. Along the walk, walkers discover the different areas of the park: a pine forest on its upper part, a rose garden, an apple orchard and a vast gently sloping meadow.

Calouste Gulbenkian Park in Bénerville-sur-Mer
Sandrine Boyer-Engel
Calouste Gulbenkian Park in Bénerville-sur-Mer
Sandrine Boyer-Engel
Calouste Gulbenkian Park in Bénerville-sur-Mer
Sandrine Boyer-Engel

See you in the garden, the event not to be missed

For its 19th edition, the national event "Meet at the gardens" has chosen a theme in the era of time, which translates into an increasingly constant problem: Gardens in the face of climate change. Thus, many French and European parks and gardens open their doors to the public... and the Calouste Gulbenkian Park is part of ! If it is freely traversed from April to October, the park organizes many events to make visitors aware of the importance of endeavoring to preserve, restore and create gardens. When to plant and repot your plants? How to properly compost your peelings? What advice can you give to children to introduce them to recycling waste? Professionals and enthusiasts are present to answer these questions that we ask ourselves in our daily lives. The Bossy-Cevert ecological association, which works actively to fight against CO2 emissions, stop the disappearance of life and restore natural environments, goes out to meet the public to talk about the importance of the environment and forests.


Useful information
Meet in the garden, from Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 June from 11 a.m. to 17 p.m.
The park is accessible from April 6 to November 5. From guided tours are held regularly.
Chemin des Enclos, 14910 BENERVILLE-SUR-MER
Reservation within Tourist Information Offices or on 02 31 14 40 00

Prices: €3,50 (adults) / Free for children under 18 / €30 (subscriber)


Take a forest bath

in Saint-Gatien-des-Bois

The forest of Saint-Gatien
The forest of Saint-GatienEtienne Chognard

It is the largest forest in Calvados with a perimeter of 28 km for an area of ​​3500 hectares, planted with trees of various species and cut by clearings and valleys. In the Augeron hinterland, this floral gem is a delight for budding herbalists and nature lovers, who go hiking in this bewitching forest massif made up of beeches, Oak trees, charmes, ash trees, maples et alders. On the plant side, the Bitter Cardamine, L 'purple orchid and Wahlenbergie each bring a touch of color that contrasts with the dominant green of the trees.


 The hiking trail in one click 

Tree climbing course with Le Val des Cîmes
Tree climbing course with Le Val des CîmesThe Val des Cîmes
The Fête du Bois takes place on June 25 in Saint-Gatien-des-Bois
Leo Lemasson

Climb in the trees

L'Tree Climbing park awakens the adventurer in all of us and brings Indiana Jones apprentices closer to nature. It is at the heart of an arboretum located at Saint-Gatien-des-Bois to the multiple hopes preserved that the Val des Cîmes has established four agility courses: two are for children from 5 years old (Orange and Yellow) and two others for adults (Black and Brown). During this aerial escapade, you slide on zip lines, leap from tree to tree, cross bridges, cling to nets, balance on a beam and swing in the air like Tarzan. A good way to surpass yourself and get your fill of thrills up to 14 meters above the ground!


 Tree climbing courses 

Celebrating the forest in all its forms with the Fête du Bois

Great novelty at Saint-Gatien-des-Bois : the city organizes its first Wood Festival Saturday, June 25! For a day, the town gives way to a micro-village where craftsmen, sculptors, horse stevedores and carpenters go out to meet the general public to explain the importance of biodiversity and present their know-how. The children are full of knowledge and fun workshops around painting on wood, enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and walks in the forest accompanied by a storyteller for a sensory, fun and educational discovery. During the day to appreciate the colors of nature and the comforting sun, at night to awaken all our senses and accustom the eyes to the darkness.


 Participate in the Wood Festival 


Let's walk...

in the Bois du Breuil

The Bois du Breuil in Pennedepie
Patrick Henry
The Bois du Breuil in Pennedepie
Patrick Henry

At the gates of Honfleur, the Wood of the Breuil rises to the heights of the Côte Fleurie, eying the sea from its height of 95 metres. Property of the Conservatoire du Littoral, it hides in the middle of the Auge countryside and shelters an unequaled plant heritage for miles around, extending over 120 hectares of trees that are sometimes fascinating, sometimes surprising, often charming but all relaxing. Walkers roam the 5km loop circuit to admire the wealth of forest species: the Charm, Ash, Scots and maritime pines – emblematic of the territory – and also of Rhododendrons thousands, whose mauve bloom in June is one of the great attractions. Stars of the place, the tercentenary oaks compete in beauty with bicentenary beeches which make a masterful guard of honor over more than 1km long. It is also possible to discover the signs of the presence of the pine marten, thesquirrel, badger or the Black Woodpecker, prince in his kingdom.


Learn about sylvotherapy

When the sun points the tip of its nose, try the experience of forest bath, also known as sylvotherapy, providing the beneficial power of trees and nature. This natural prescription from Japan allows you to awaken all your senses, to recharge your batteries in a green environment and to let go. To do this, walk in the forest and explore the surrounding nature. Close your eyes to better listen to the incessant chatter of the birds nesting under the canopy, feel the crunch of the leaves under your feet and reconnect with your nature.


Useful information
Bois du Breuil, 14600 PENNEDEPIE
A loop of about 5km has been fitted. Departure from the car park via the RD 62 (Equemauville-Pennedepie).


Discover the ecosystem

of the Eco-Domaine de Bouquetot

The Bouquetot Eco-Domaine in Saint-Pierre-Azif
Etienne Chognard

Set back from the tumult of the beaches in Deauville, in the heart of the Augeronne countryside, theBouquetot eco-domain rayon. Here, we cultivate the happiness of simple things. Installed in a former livestock farm, the estate has kept the soul of rural life and the know-how of the 2009th and XNUMXth centuries thanks to the conservation of its seven buildings: a dwelling, a bakery, a sheepfold , a press, a barn, a boiling room and a stable. Since XNUMX, enthusiasts have set up their professional activity there. Thus, a organic market gardener, for an breeder of organic cattle and sport horses, for an vermiculturist, for an spirulina specialist and florist at the head of a permaculture garden work every day to create, explore and offer a sustainable social and solidarity economy. The goal: to innovate with what nature has to offer.

The Bouquetot Eco-Domaine in Saint-Pierre-Azif
Sandrine Boyer-Engel
The Bouquetot Eco-Domaine in Saint-Pierre-Azif
Sandrine Boyer-Engel
The Bouquetot Eco-Domaine in Saint-Pierre-Azif
Sandrine Boyer-Engel

Create with nature

From spring, a range of educational and fun activities are organized to discover this ecosystem and meet the actors established. Children from 6 years old have the opportunity to participate in ecological workshops to achieve zero waste and workshops to learn everything about the life of a colony of bees.


 Agenda of the Bouquetot eco-domain 


To learn more

in Normandy

The Gardens of the Pays d'Auge in Cambremer © Calvados Attractiveness
The Gardens of the Pays d'Auge in CambremerCalvados Attractiveness
The Lisieux Arboretum © OT Lisieux
The Arboretum of LisieuxTO Lisieux

The Gardens of the Pays d'Auge

Planted in this verdant Normandy, on the borders of the Cider Route, The Gardens of the Pays d'Auge offer an incredible staging of nature and local architecture. It was Armelle and Jacques, a couple of nurserymen, who acquired this vast meadow 30 years ago. He designed the half-timbered houses that punctuate the paths of the garden. She, a true enthusiast, sprinkled a cascade of flowers, shrubs and foliage and gave harmony to this preserved Eden. Visitors thus discover the Garden of the Moon, composed of wispy, pink or silvery plants or the Courtois Love Garden and its rose garden.

Where to see them? Avenue des Tilleuls, 14340 CAMBREMER (Calvados)


 Visit the Gardens of the Pays d'Auge 

The Arboretum of Lisieux

Green lung in the city center, thearboretum of Lisieux takes place on the heights of the city, facing the fabulous Basilica of Saint Therese. A hidden treasure that invites you to stroll among some 700 trees of 130 different species; from hardwood, conifers, maples, birch trees, beeches, walnut trees and fruit trees – from the Danish banana tree to the traditional local apple tree. And for walkers who do not have a green thumb, an orientation course made up of 30 markers serves as a support for botanical explanations: common and Latin name, family, geographical origin or even anecdotes about the history of the tree. .

Where to see it? Plateau Saint-Jacques, 14100 LISIEUX (Calvados)


 Visit the arboretum of Lisieux 

The Millennium Yew of Estry © Tourist Office of Pays de Vire
Millénaire d'EstryPays de Vire Tourist Office
The beech tree in the Bayeux botanical garden © Grégory Wait - OT Bayeux Intercom
Beech in the Botanical Garden of BayeuxGrégory Wait - OT Bayeux Intercom
Allouville-Bellefosse oak © Commune Allouville-Bellefosse
Allouville-Bellefosse oakMunicipality of Allouville-Bellefosse

Estry's thousand-year-old yew

Enthroned in the middle of a cemetery, theIf d'Estry measures nearly twelve meters in circumference and stands out as one of the most beautiful and oldest trees in France: its age is estimated between 1000 and 1600 years! Luckily, he miraculously survived the Liberation bombings of World War II, which had heavily damaged the church, located just three meters away.

Where to see it? Church of Our Lady of Estry, Place de l'Eglise, 14410 VALDALLIÈRE (Calvados)


Bayeux weeping beech

At first sight, this tree seems straight out of a Tim Burton film; and yet! At the heart of Bayeux Botanical Garden and its 400 trees, one of them stands out for its spectacular and astonishing form: a weeping beech, 150 years old. Its particularity lies in its branches, which grow horizontally and thus cover an area of ​​1 m².

Where to see it? Bayeux Botanical Garden, 55 Route de Port en Bessin, 14400 BAYEUX (Calvados)

Allouville-Bellefosse oak

Born from the depths of time, at the time of Charlemagne, the Allouville-Bellefosse oak in the Pays de Caux is crooked, millennial, and arouses curiosity. From the top of its 11 meters, it houses in its trunk two superimposed chapels since 1696; one dedicated to Our Lady of Peace, the other called "Hermit's Room". With its immortal and magical side, it is the pride of the inhabitants of Cauchois.

Where to see it? Saint-Quentin Church, 2 Rue Jacques Anquetil, 76190 ALLOUVILLE-BELLEFOSSE (Seine-Maritime)


Sleep surrounded by trees

unusual and ecological accommodation

Planting a mini-forest

These urban forests that wish us well

At the start of 2022, the City of Deauville has once again shown its desire to ensure intramural biodiversity with the planting of 1020 trees to create a mini-forest of 350m². Elected, children of the leisure center Deauville Outdoors and inhabitants of the Verdun district met to create this first mini-forest in a participatory way. A gesture of ecological awareness inspired by the Miyawaki method, in reference to the Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki: it is a question of planting a maximum of very young trees or shrubs in clods allowing emulation and rapid growth by the density of planting. Nineteen species were chosen whose common charm, pedunculate oak and cerasifera plum tree. Apart from the landscape interest for the inhabitants, the advantages are multiple: filtering of fine particles and capture of CO2, production of oxygen and revegetation of the city centre.

In Deauville, attention to trees is historic. For more than thirty years, the "One child, one tree" program has accompanied each birth by planting a tree.


 Find out more about "Sustainable Deauville" 

A child a tree
Naiad Plant

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