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Tech & Science In the garden, putting our hands in the earth gives us wings

15:15  07 march  2021
15:15  07 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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A meteoric return to the plot of land has been taking place since the early 2000s. Why have gardens and gardening taken on this importance for the French today?

The last study on our report to the garden dates from 2019. A few months before the arrival of the Covid and its long procession of confined days, an survey of the Ifop showed a victorious return of spades and hoes in the life and imagination of the French.

Seven out of ten respondents have a garden, 58% private, sometimes tiny, in which to relax, party, grow flowers, fruit trees and more and more vegetables. Eating healthy and responding to the climate crisis encourage people under 35 to assign a nourishing function to their land.

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In the spring of 2020, this green trend is confirmed, reinforced after three months of house arrest, and which is unabated. Garden center sales are exploding and houses with gardens are tearing up. Three-quarters of 18-24 year olds want more room for nature in their lives, according to an Opinion-Way poll in June.

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But the green craze goes further. Gardening allows you to meet by connecting the head and the body. We go out, we put our hands in the earth and we reconnect with something real, bigger than ourselves, an entirely living world , estimates Abdu Gnaba, sociologist, author of Bricole-moi un mouton (L ' Harmattan). Its Sociolab is carrying out a study on the relationship of the French to gardening during the Covid. People tell us it's my therapy or it's my upliftment. The garden as a sensitive world, as a realm of feeling, where we understand the world with the heart, allows us to get out of a hypertechnical society which sequences, which cuts us off from the final goal of our actions and makes us lose our meaning. of what we do. A place of hazards, of surprises, where the capacity for wonder competes with poetry: in the respiratory crisis that we are experiencing, we have access to inspiration.

Stéphane Hugon, founder of Eranos, a societal transformation firm, even gives gardening a spiritual dimension. Sowing, seeing growing and dying re-roots us, gives us back a role in a larger space. A form of animism where places and objects are as alive as humans. Gardening is a symptom of great discomfort and an end of cycle centered on humanism ".

This sociologist dates the beginning of our re-wildness to the first decade of the 2000s, when a rediscovery of nature took place, so domesticated for centuries that we conceived a guilt with the feeling of having gone too far into the art. By cultivating their garden, "people find themselves able to produce, to be fruitful and find a slow cycle, a seasonality, without ticking, in a right time, synchronized with the sun. It's calming. "

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