Légumothèque: Observing and understanding the life cycle of edible plants: from seed to seed


The Légumothèque at Royaumont Abbey has been open to the public since the start of September thanks to the support from The Louis Bonduelle Foundation, amongst others. It can be found in the vegetable garden at Royaumont Abbey and helps visitors discover the diversity of edible plants in the garden, in an entertaining and interactive way in the form of a magnificent game with nature.

The vegetable garden is an innovative place in terms of vegetable crops, a real-life biodiversity lab.

The légumothèque allows children aged between 6 and 15 and their companions the chance to discover and observe the diversity of edible plants in and around the vegetable garden, as well as to familiarize themselves with the richness and the infinite potential of the vegetables in their diet. It’s a teaching tool that invites observations, that allows you to touch, to taste, to use your imagination and one that can be explored freely within the framework of interactive learning games, or perhaps to enrich a workshop on discovering biodiversity, botany and the transformation of the plants we eat.

With its raised plant beds, its vegetable spawns and little baskets that allow children to head off on their research for real plants around the vegetable garden, the légumothèque is especially beneficial for school trips. It also lends itself perfectly to weekend workshops. Thanks to this learning tool, the children can rediscover exactly what’s on their plate.

The Légumothèque was designed by Caroline Burzynski-Delloye (Designer), Astrid Verspieren (Landscaper) and the “Depuis 1920” Aubervilliers workshop.

This project was supported by the Louis Bonduelle Foundation during its summer 2015 call for proposals.