These gardens introduce visitors to ecology and biodiversity issues in a fun and educational way.
The seasonal gardens opened in 2001, following the exhibition Le Jardin planétaire (the planetary garden). They aim to increase awareness of major ecological issues and sustainable development in children and adults. The gardens are home to a biodiversity that is rare in urban areas. They are part of the community, hosting gardening workshop cycles, art tours and fun workshops on nature themes.
The seasonal gardens are home to a wide range of ecosystems that are perfect for experiments: dry gardens, fallow areas, ponds, meadows and undergrowth. In the vegetable garden, many kinds of old vegetable varieties, cultivated by gardeners passing through, grow thanks to green fertilisers and wild plants.
The gardening methods used are based on ancestral and experimental practices. They include simple ecological solutions, such as laying down straw to save water or using green fertilisers instead of chemicals. This environmentally friendly approach also involves collecting rainwater, using natural products such as nettle or horsetail slurry and making natural compost. As a result of these actions, Ecocert awarded the seasonal gardens the EVE standard for ecological/eco-friendly areas in 2010.
In May 2011, the seasonal gardens were extended by 3,000 m² to create new ecosystems and install facilities for disabled visitors. Many new features were developed, including :
Seed swaps and sales of honey from the seasonal gardens
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La Villette has taken special care to ensure disabled visitors can access the seasonal gardens. Facilities include :
The seasonal gardens have been awarded the Tourism and Handicap Label for hearing, mental, mobility and visual impairments.