The gardens of the MUDO-Musée de l'Oise are currently being landscaped on the parcel located by the Renaissance palace's south gable. This job has been assigned to two landscape architects, Sylvie Expert-Bezançon and Clotilde Viellard-Buchet, working together on this project under the name Atelier du Serpentaire.
Inspired by local history, the landscaping evokes archaeological remains using a central motif that reproduces the parcel's network of Gallo-Roman constructions. Arbour-like alcoves evoke an old-time farmyard and gatehouse. Fruit trees in a row, an espaliered grape vine and a fan-shaped apple tree are inspired by plants cultivated in Renaissance orchards and are an allusion to the food-producing nature of the Bishop's gardens which stretched beyond the river below.
Three works of ceramic art, made by potters of the Oise, will serve as a bridge to the museum's collections, among the most significant ceramics collections of all the museums in France.
Opens Saturday, 19 September 2015.