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From May 13 to 15, 2011, the 52nd Courson Plant Days welcomes 255 exhibitors from all over Europe. Interview with Hélène Fustier, her organizer, by L'Express Style ...

Hélène Fustier, organizer of the Courson Plant Days, decrypts this trend which brings extravagance, extraordinary, even exceptional ...

Why this theme for Courson 2011, exuberance?

In this morose period, very formatted, and after years of minimalism in the garden between arid soil plants and fragile collection specimens, we wanted a real generosity of shapes and colors. All the nurserymen we consulted expressed this need. It is one of them, Fleurs du Sud, which has given us the word "exuberance".

What characterizes this trend?

The shimmering colors, the ample ports, the dense masses, which give a real breath of exoticism to the least square of greenery; a little in the vein of English gardens, which, from the eighteenth century, traded hedges and lawns with cord against disheveled gardens. Most of our specimens come from Brazil, Japan or the Himalayas, but they are not expensive. There is something for every purse.

What criteria did you choose for these exuberant plants?

We have retained some for their evergreen foliage - Solanum jasminoides can even bloom year-round, depending on its exposure - for their colorful or huge flowers that seem artificial, from vermilion hibiscus to giant hydrangeas, or those with a heady perfume like Brugmansia, whose trumpets perfume the atmosphere in the evening; others have fascinated us with their ultrafast growth, for example a giant rhubarb with gigantic leaves in serrated parasols that grows by 1.50 meters in a few months ... In short, anything out of the ordinary.

What are the most fascinating plants for you?

Probably the Arisaema, rare Asian plants with strange flowers evoking a head of hooded cobra. And, in the long flowering category, I advise you Fuchsia regia reitzii, which reaches 10 meters in height and connects in abundant pink, red or violet bells and gives black berries, delicious in jam or in jelly.

Do you have other news for Courson?

22 exhibitors arrive for the first time with collections of rare fruit trees or old tomatoes found in 57 countries, vintage tools reconditioned, very design garden furniture ...

All information to get to Courson

Open to the public on May 13, 2011 from 14 to 19 hours, 14 and 15 from 10 to 19 hours.
Entry: 16 euros.
Domaine de Courson Park, Courson-Monteloup (Essonne), 01-64-58-90-12,
www.domaine-de-courson.fr

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