Gabriel documente ses aventures botaniques sur son Instagram: @ThePlanthunter. Ses voyages ont commencé il y a longtemps, lors du déménagement familial en Nouvelle-Calédonie en 1984. La terre rouge du maquis minier, les plantes rarissimes du Gondwana et le lagon infini : le charme du lointain opère. Revenu en métropole et ayant fondé l’Atelier, Gabriel parcourt le monde : la découverte de la biodiversité au service du projet de jardin.
Gabriel documents his adventures with plants in his Instagram feed, @ThePlanthunter.
His travels began long ago, when as a child, he moved with his parents to New Caledonia.
Finding himself surrounded by the cloud-topped peaks, green valleys, blue lagoons and extraordinary plants and flowers he had never seen before,
this experience has strongly shaped him and his ideas to this day.

 


Le charme des lointains
Discovering the distance

Enrichir la palette végétale des projets, toujours mieux la connaître, la recomposer, la questionner : autant d’engagements qui appellent la confrontation nécessaire au terrain. Et non pas seulement les lieux de production horticole, mais en parcourant, défrichant et répertoriant l’habitat naturel des plantes utilisées dans chaque projet. Que ce soient les rhododendrons de Yakushima (Japon), les Bromeliaceae du Pérou subtropical, le phrygana grec (maquis) ou les plantes messicoles métropolitaines, Atelier Gabriel photographie, interroge, étudie, puis teste dans les collections de l’Atelier-laboratoire avant de les proposer en projet. Chaque nouveau jardin s’enrichit ainsi des leçons tirées, pas à pas.
For Gabriel, there is no better way to study plants than to see them in their natural habitat: miniature representations of nature choreographed to perfection in Japan,
Mediterranean maquis in Greece and Italy, tropical Amazon forests in Peru, high-altitude mountain flowers of Yakushima and subtropical vegetation in New Caledonia…
Armed with a camera instead of secateurs, Gabriel identifies plants in his explorations, to further study them when he gets back home.
As part of his Research project, he cultivates them in his lab in different conditions to then include his green treasures in his landscaping,
enriching his projects and creating truly mesmerising urban environments.