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The Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine is an association created in 1995 that inscribed in its statutes the mission of putting forward artistic creation. Except for a few exhibitions, this mission hasn’t really started. Today, the first step has been made.

The Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine is now welcoming artists within the program «Pays’art» of «La Maison verte» in the middle of the village. This place is directly linked to the Botanical Garden, and has been put at the disposal of the association by Sarah Tenot, whose family generously contributes to the upkeep of the garden. Artists can stay there to enjoy a time of creativity and production in a rural environment. Following the idea of Didier Rousseau Navarre, an artist himself and curator of the Botanical Garden, «La Maison Verte» opens itself to artists of all nationalities.

«Pays’art» is a concept that emerges from the mesology, that is to say the science of natural environment, that studies in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary way, the relationship between beings in general, or human beings in particular, with their natural environment, or «milieu». The question of «milieu» is understood as the specificity of the relation between the living in general, or humans in particular, and their surroundings. The «milieu» is not the environment; it’s the reality of the surroundings for a particular species, or a certain culture, that is to say a certain environment or surroundings, specifically appropriated by this species or this culture. It is not the universally given environment that, by abstraction, can understand the science; it is what exists tangibly in the real world for this or that species, or this or that culture. Thus the «milieu» is neither given nor universal; with its singular reality never ceases to construct itself, the contingent thread of evolution and of history, within the dynamic and reciprocal relationship of a species or of a culture with its specific environment. This distinction between «milieu» and environment was already revolutionary when, under the influence of phenomenology, it made an appearance in biology in the Umweltlehre d’Uexkül (1864-1942) and in philosophy in the Fûderon of Watsuji (1885-1960).

The French philosopher and geographer Augustin Berque is nowadays the principal representative. This has now acquired a new hold with the radical changes that Epigenetic have introduced into the question of evolution. From molecular biology to the ecological crisis of the real world, from quantum theory to history and geography, from medicine to works of art and architecture, the deployment of the mesological perspective brings into question the fundamental ontology and logic of modern civilization. The scientific and philosophical thinking that inspires “Pays’art” is the mesology http://ecoumene.blogspot.fr/



One of the principle objectives of «Pays’art» is to give artists a unique and enriching artistic experience. This program is open to artists who work around the themes of nature, the environment, the landscape, botany, sustainable development, ecology and biodiversity.

Works created by the artists will be able to be presented to the public, not only in the garden, but also in the village and externally in the spaces of our partnerships. Artists will be able to leave a work at the end of their stay, leaving a trace of their stay and contributing towards building an artistic heritage.




La Maison Verte hosts artists for a residency of creation during the opening period of the Botanical Garden: from May to mid-October. It hosts also artists for a residency of research from mid-October until the opening of the Garden: from mid-October to late April. Artists can stay from 2 to 12 weeks.

Artists will need to provide us with a certificate of health insurance for the duration of their stay.



La Maison Verte accommodates up to 3 artists at the same time. The house comprises 3 individual bedrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 communal room, and a shared bathroom. The house is furnished and has available for your use kitchen utensils, dishes, sheets, bath towels, a washing machine and also internet connection and a telephone line. It will be understood that communal spaces (kitchen, living room, garden, bathroom) will be respected and put back in order after each personal use (replacing equipment used, washing-up, cleaning, etc…)

Because of the risk of allergies in certain people, animals are not accepted.

La Maison Verte will do its best to facilitate your artistic project, and provide you with the gardeners’ expertise, as well as making garden tools available to you. When needed, we can arrange meetings with local people, and also help you to discover natural areas around Marnay.

For residencies of creation, la Maison Verte will organize a public presentation of the artist’s project, and also contact the local press to publicize the event, as well as sharing it on social networks.



A contribution of 400 euros per month is asked of each artist and any accompanying person to participate in the running costs of the house. For reasons of organization and logistics, the stay will have to be paid at least 6 weeks in advance and will be non-refundable.

Our account details to process the payment will be sent by email.

Everyday expenses such as food, travel and transport will be the responsibility of the artist as will also be the material that they need for their project.




Founded in 1995 on the initiative of sculptor Didier Rousseau Navarre, supported financially by the Tenot Foundation, then by the Tenot Family, the Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine gave itself as a principal objective the creation of the first Botanical Garden in Champagne-Ardenne. This garden has received the epithets of «Jardin Botanique de France et des Pays Francophones» and «Jardin remarquable». This place is mainly aimed at environmental education and the initiation into natural sciences, also sensitizing those towards environmental issues. Being a recognized Botanical Garden of France, it also contributes towards scientific research and conservation.

The Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine covers 2 hectares. The Educational Path facilitates the comprehension of the evolution of plants and the rules of their classification. The Ornamental Garden comprises rare species displayed by artistic gardeners. There are also other themes such as: The Shaded Garden, the Cottage Garden, the Romantic Rosarium, medicinal plants, the square of kitchen herbs and aromatic plants. The Conservatory Garden displays the different natural surroundings and the flora of the Seine valley. All the species displayed are labeled and form a living dictionary of plants coming from different regions of the world. The pond of Le Grand Mort on the outskirts of the village is a natural space also managed by the Botanical Garden.

In its cultural and artistic vocation, the Botanical Garden association opens a space under the name «Pays’art». It is a space which claims artistic creation as a gesture without boundaries; in this sense, it is universal, it acts with the will and the need for sharing, exchanging, and changing. The artist is invited to develop a creative process involving the environment, the local cultural heritage and Nature.




The village of Marnay-sur-Seine is situated in the Champagne-Ardenne region, approximately one hour from Paris. Situated in the flood plain of the Seine’s left bank, it numbers 250 inhabitants. The name Marnay comes from «Madriniacus» a Roman or Romanised land owner. Its existence was confirmed by a Charter from 859 signed by Charles the Bald, first King of France.


A beautiful 12th century church classified as a historic monument, Romanesque frescoes from the 12th century, a panel of Saint Nicholas from the 16th century, and a wooden carved Annunciation. The CAMAC art centre is located in the ancient priory from the 17th century, amidst beautiful walks along the Seine where in the heat of the summer, you can enjoy a pleasant dip.



> Interesting places in the proximity

– Paris 110 km (≈ 1 hour by train and 1 hour and a half by car)

– Epernay 76 km (≈ 50 min)

– Troyes 50 km (≈ 40 min)

– Provins 20 km (≈ 20 min)

– Nogent sur Seine 5 km (≈ 6 min)

> Supermarkets, bakeries, hardware stores, newsagents in Nogent. Art shops in Troyes and Paris.

> How to travel to Marnay-sur-Seine:

– By train: the nearest station is at Nogent-sur-Seine. From the gare de l’Est in Paris, take the train towards Troyes or Culmont-Chalindrey and get off at Nogent-sur-Seine station. You can consult train and bus timetables on the SNCF website www.voyages-sncf.com Enter your place of departure and Nogent-sur-Seine as your destination, then the precise date and time of your journey.

– A bus goes from Nogent train station to the town hall of Marnay. You can consult the website of TER Champage-Ardenne on www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/Champagne-Ardenne/fr/Default.aspx

– From Nogent station you can also take a taxi and ask for «Le jardin Botanique de Marnay». The fare will cost around 15 euros.

– To come by car, we suggest you consult the route planner offered by www.mappy.fr or www.viamichelin.fr. Enter your place of departure and Marnay-sur-Seine 10400 as your destination.





> The dossier will comprise of:
– Completed application form (attached).

– A letter of intention stating the reasons that inspire you to apply, also the research project or the work (complying with «Pays’art») which you envisage will be carried out during your stay.

– A curriculum vitae

– Photographic documentation (10 images maximum) and/or a video with a description of your work.

– A copy of your Identity Card or valid Passport.

– A certificate of health insurance for the full duration of your stay (to give us if your application is accepted)
> The applicant’s dossier will have to be received by us at least 2 months before the desired period of stay by email to the following address:

Mail: lamaisonverte@jardin-botanique.org



> The team of «Pays’art» is at your disposition to answer all your questions and queries.

> Didier Rousseau-Navarre
Curator of the Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine and creator of «Pays’art»

> Mathilde Rousseau Domec

> Patricia Miani
Coordinator and communication

Address Botanical Garden : Chemin des Gougins, 10400 Marnay-sur-Seine
Address Maison Verte : 25 rue du four, 10400 Marnay-sur-Seine
Telephone/Fax :

Mail : lamaisonverte@jardin-botanique.org
Web Botanical Garden : www.jardin-botanique.org

Web Maison Verte : www.lamaisonvertedemarnay.org

Facebook : Jardin Botanique de Marnay-sur-Seine



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