The exhibition "Tree avenues - From war to peace", comprising 14 panels, comes as a follow-up to the international symposium organized in 2018. It is displayed in the public park "La Pépinière" in Nancy (France), close to the Unesco-listed Place Stanislas, where it will be visible until November 16th.
The exhibition spans from Italian Renaissance gardens to present-day promotion and plantings of tree avenues. We move from André Mollet’s “Pleasure Garden” to the famous plane trees along the Canal du Midi, and have a look at the Spanish “alamedas”, Price’s “Essay on the Picturesque” or Napoléon’s decrees, and much more. WWI and post-war landscapes, the French treelined roads that impressed the soldiers from the British Empire, and the avenues planted to honour them, refer to last year's symposium, whereas the last panels show the difficulties to preserve this asset, even when it is sacred, but also the strong support from society: avenues enhance the landscape and offer precious services for both people and the environment.