Ocapi Program

Ocapi, the LEESU laboratory project headed by Fabien Esculier with a motley crew of researchers and the lovely anthropologist/biologist Marine Legrand have officially taken over a plot in the garden. Their goal is to finish the cycle of using fermented urine as fertilizer to add nitrogen and phosphorus to the soil. Recycling at its finest. They added some cool signs for the Future Days event.

Fall planting

After an ultra-hot, ultra-dry summer, the garden is getting some loving care from the new We Are What We Eat students and folks from the LEESU Okapi project.

Triple project event

Friday was a day of poetry, invention and medicinals in the garden. Three different project groups from the English section shared their work on a lovely sunny if pollenous afternoon. We had Wordsworth and Dickenson, thyme jelly and cold angelica tea and inaugurated the « indestructable » information stand made from a reused bridge structure and pallet wood. There was a fun exchange about allergies and lots of shared kleenexes before the rain which cleared the sky.IMG_9659 IMG_9661 IMG_9662 IMG_9663 IMG_9664 IMG_9646 IMG_9647 IMG_9649 IMG_9651 IMG_9654 IMG_9656

Spring planting

The We Are What We Eat students got our beans, potatoes and artichoke plants in the ground today after recovering the garden from the waist-high weeds. (Thanks ID Vert). It also gave me the occasion to explain the difference between weeds and weed, especially when someone confused the fake strawberry plants for the latter. It appears that no one had any fun at all (or maybe just a little…) IMG_9443 IMG_9445 IMG_9446 IMG_9447 IMG_9448 IMG_9450 IMG_9452 IMG_9453

Fall crops

IMG_2011 IMG_2009Our new course of We Are What We Eat getting a taste of fall gardening. Fortunately, one of our friends and JP founders spent a summer gardening with his lovely daughter and we came back to well-kempt crops and flower beds. The vandals were ruthless though, once again breaking our pond and destroying one of our bench projects.

Here are a few pics from Louise from the occasion.

More projects

We’ve needed seats for ages. They seem to walk off or get broken by our outside visitors. 

Today, a couple of new benches got made. Love seats, made with love. 


Field Trip, Garden Projects and even Speaking Near and Far have gotten down and dirty giving the garden loving care and creative input. Check out these hard-working students. 

Readings and Tastings

IMG_5937IMG_5931IMG_5929IMG_5925IMG_5923IMG_5946IMG_5941IMG_5944For the DLC Days, the Jardin hosted to the Book Club which read excerpts from Lewis Carroll to Ray Bradbury to Shakespeare. Parched from the sun and the willow fluff blowing around, Speaking Near and Far folks had an aromatic herb syrup taste test for the participants and the audience. Trying to recognize the subtle perfumes of rosemary, thyme, lemon balm and mint tickling our tongues, was a great game for a sunny afternoon.

Marion’s JP blog

marion-roseCheck out this beautiful blog by Marion who is documenting the seasons and her thoughts on the Jardin pontanique.



A new batch of projects

After a summer of vandalism, drought and misguided landscape maintenance which chopped down all of our baby fruit trees, the Field Trip students were ripe with projects to set things right. After planting spring time bombs, they took off on a series of projects on signage, seating, fencing and walkways.img_4318 img_4319img_4320img_4321img_4322img_4323img_4604img_4605img_4607img_4611img_4612img_4637img_4613