By Writing Bordeaux
Created in 2019 and invested from 2020, the Georges Dorignac garden is a green oasis at the heart of Saint-Michel district a Bordeauxwhich continues to grow.
Laid out on former ironwork workshops to create social ties, this private park is managed by the hundred or so members of the association in charge of the shared garden of 650 m2including twenty regular members.
“We cultivate living together”
“Many live alone, and without a garden. Myself, I live in an apartment without a balcony. We want this place to be a small social and cultural oasis where we grow plants but also live together! », Explains Christophe Bermudes, the president of the association Jardin Georges Dorignac.
Very invested in the association, he asked – as part of the participatory budget of the City of Bordeaux – for funding to install a large bamboo pergola, with colored outdoor sails to fight against the heat, and which will be covered climbing plants with deciduous foliage, to be able to shelter from the sun.
Few vegetables are grown
Located at 26 rue des Menuts, the shared garden is a living space more than a market garden plot. On site, you can see a few tomatoes or cucurbits, different varieties of aromatic herbs, but “not enough to make a basket of vegetables every week”.
It must be said that the soils are polluted and that only 100m2 – on the 650m2 – are cultivable, thanks to the installation of large collective planters which allow cultivation above ground. It does not matter knowing that a good part of this surface has been used to grow ornamental plants.
Here, points out the president of the association, there will be a Japanese garden. Over there is a garden with Mediterranean plants. Elsewhere, exotic plants grow along a wall and create a zen atmosphere for those who settle on the benches.
How to access the Georges Dorignac garden?
Closed from the street by a large gate, in particular to prevent the place from being squatted, the Georges Dorignac garden is only accessible to members of the eponymous association. They can access it whenever they want. Annual membership to the association costs 10 euros. Only inhabitants of the Saint-Michel sector can be part of the association.
The place has potential and Christophe Bermudes has plenty of projects in mind. Alone: enough goodwill to complete the difficulty. If he therefore counts on the participatory budget to continue to develop the garden with a pergola (and outdoor furniture), the president of the association also hopes to find new living forces ready to join the ranks of the association and create a park looking great in a neighborhood that is sorely lacking.
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