SHARED GARDENS

WHEN GARDENING MEANS SHARING

What better way to foster togetherness and friendship in a neighbourhood, than by providing places where people can get together to garden and interact with each other? Five of these collective spaces have already sprouted in the quarter, and there's more to come!

GARDENS, BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER

La Confluence was designed to foster togetherness and sharing between people in the neighbourhood. The idea of shared gardens is thus strongly encouraged. The initiative strengthens social ties and encourages people to take an interest in nature, which needs our care. There are now five shared gardens in the quarter, several of which aim to protect biodiversity by applying permaculture principles.

La Confluence: how does a shared garden work?

GARDENS, ALL AROUND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

  • In the north, the Lyon-Perrache transit hub has a rooftop terrace with two shared gardens. 
    • The hanging gardens of Perrache, on the Rhône side, stretch across a long shared plot featuring little individual pots.
      Contact: jardins.suspendus@yahoo.fr
  • Between sky and soil, on the Saône side. Both a shared garden and a garden for social integration, it covers an area of 80 sq. metres, split between four associations:
    • MJC Presqu'île Confluence
    • ADSEA (Rhône County Association for the Protection of Children, Teens and Adults)
    • Péniche Accueil and the St. Vincent de Paul Institute.
      Contact: contact@mjc-confluence.fr
  • Rue Gilibert has an eponymous garden used for educational purposes. In addition to enthusiastic adult gardeners, lots of children join in the fun. They come from nearby schools or MJC Presqu’île Confluence, to discover a rich biodiversity of animals and plants and have a go at gardening. 
    Contact: contact@mjc-confluence.fr
  • Walking along the Saône, you can’t miss the shared garden on Quai Rambaud. Developed by Lyon Confluence as part of the Banks of the Saône project near the jetty, it is managed by the Envie Partagée association. Fruits, vegetables, flowers and a wide variety of plants grow in a garden covering about 500 sq. metres.
    Contact: enviepartagee@gmail.com
  • At the centre of the market quarter, about fifteen residents of Ynfluences Square garden together, right at the foot of their buildings, in the shared garden with the same name. The Pystiles Association has assisted them, upon the request of Lyon Confluence.
    Contact: jardin.ynfluences@gmail.com

FEEL LIKE GARDENING?

Simply reach out to the managing associations, whose contact information you can find through Le Passe-Jardins, a network of shared gardens in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Created in January 1998, after the first National Civic Gardening Forum that took place in Lille in October 1997, the association has a motto:

“Everyone, everywhere, can grow utopian gardens and create cooperative ties between the nourishing earth and living beings and build a more just society.”