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Launching the 2021 Carre des Jardiniers Contest : « A garden for (gracious) living »

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The Carré des Jardiniers contest – symbol of excellence for the whole landscaping and gardening sector – is now open for candidate applications. For the 2021 edition the very French theme for people living in towns, suburbs or the country is “A garden for (gracious) living”.




The emblematic contest for landscape designers and gardeners


Organized as part of the Paysalia trade show held from 30th November to 2nd December 2021 at Eurexpo, in Lyon, France, the Carré des Jardiniers highlights gardeners as artists through their achievements. The gardens brought to life by the finalist gardeners demonstrate the sector’s talents and promote the added-value of gardens designed by professionals to the general public. The Master Gardeners and all the finalists profit from the fame of the contest and its knock-on effects!

Laurent Gras became Master Gardener in 2019 when the theme was ‘The Village Square”.



The theme in 2021 : a garden for (gracious) living


For the 6th edition of the Carré des Jardiniers, candidates will have to imagine “A garden for (gracious) living”. Mankind truly aspires to see and feel greenery in towns, to cultivate it in the countryside, to nourish body and mind from plants. This union with nature is the only way to restore wellbeing and balance. Because vegetation is essential in awakening the senses and countering distress in town and country, gardens are places for (gracious) living, getting away from it all and being oneself. Since the dawn of time, gardens symbolise Mother Earth and Epicureanism. Nourishing, delightful and bountiful gardens resource the ecosystem and promote biodiversity. In gardens, nature regains its rights. In cities, gardens are in the vanguard of the fight against heat pockets, in the development of social bonding and the improvement of the quality of life. There is no doubt that the fertile imaginations of the Carré des Jardiniers contest candidates will explore every richness gardens can provide.



"A garden for (gracious) living" according to Carré des Jardiniers jury foreman Jean Mus


© Pascal Tournaire

When gardeners decide to be permanent guests in cities, nature’s beauty, generosity and caring become stronger concepts. This is where they begin to mean something. Nature, the “bon vivant”, always cheerful and resourceful, brimfull of energy, force and good intentions is ready to invade the city to make life more peaceful and greater through social bonding. Always striving to find balance with new ways of doing things and new ways of exploring the world. Wisdom and humility are the quintessential qualities of good gardeners – and what makes everything joyful!


Key steps - Candidate applications for the 2021 edition must reach us before 19th March 2021


  • Applications accepted will be submitted to a jury of professional gardeners, journalists and artists representing the five senses currently being recruited. Early in 2021 this jury will select the 5 finalists.
  • Finalists will be invited to express their talent, creativity and sensitivity in a 200sq.m. garden in the Carré des Jardiniers at Paysalia 2021.
  • The winner will be awarded the Trophy and title of Master Gardener 2021 at Paysalia on 1st December 2021.



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