Originally from the Pays d’Auge, Roselyne Corblin is a teacher who has supervised numerous artistic creation projects to exhibit student work.
Over time Roselyne began accompanying Pascal in his herborisations – finding, classifying and preparing plants – in the installation of his exhibitions (plant mosaic, plant and environmental art, and land art), in his workshops, and at events. Both retired, they have now combined their creative practices. Sharing a common taste for nature, they immerse themselves in the natural environments of the Normandy coast, the Seine valley, and the forests.
“Our orchard herbarium is a nomadic garden without soil, without roots. It combines botany, literature, pomology, horticulture, poetry, art and heritage in the footsteps of great authors: Rousseau, Flaubert, Thoreau, Sand, and Maupassant and the scholars: Birlouez, Cauquelin, Chauvet, Cambornac, Ruas, Serres, Hauchecorne, Truelle, Girardin, Knight, Van Mons… Those that we read attentively provide the knowledge that has nourished and inspired us”.
The herbaria are built using the sieve, an ideal tool for sifting; and the dehydrator, an ideal machine to get rid of the organic parasites of these raw vegetative materials, or under the effect of the rays of the sun. Each element – fruit, pip, leaf, stem, flower… – is thus peeled, dusted off one by one. “They realize what Jean-Jacques Rousseau dreamed of, frustrated in his time at not being able to incorporate volume (moss, lichens, fruit, etc.) into a herbarium.”
This material, harvested in heritage places including the orchard of the planted courtyard of the Manoir du Fay and its enclosed garden, is transformed and magnified to become an artistic work in its own right, which tells the stories of the orchards.
The contents of the herbarium of the orchard and fruits of the press created in 2022 were collected, harvested or picked up, in the planted courtyard of the Manoir du Fay and its enclosed garden, in the orchard of the Jardin des Plantes de Rouen and in the orchard of the Saint-Georges-de-Boscherville Abbey as well as the conservatory orchard of Brémontier Merval.
Here are a selection of the first specimens that we wish to show in these previously unpublished plates: Stark Jongrimes, Argile, and Clos Renaux. Further examples are included in the document in French. Eventually they will integrate nearly 100 varieties from Yvetot and the Pays de Caux and Pays de Bray.
Follow the evolution of the herbarium over time on Pascal’s and Roselyne’s blog
In 2022 Marie-Thérèse Mériot and Pascal Levaillant published the article ‘M.Legrand – Incubator and Creator of Michelin’ for Apples & People