1. The vine: a long shared story
Director of Bordeaux Botanical Garden, he designed and sponsored this garden.
“His fathers had been the jealous lovers of the pines and the vine.”
François Mauriac, Genitrix, 1923
The vine: a long shared story - Botanical Garden, June 2021 © madd-bordeaux
Humans’ companion for at least 8,000 years, it has been one of the subjects in their learning of agriculture. By its geographical proximity with the Fertile Crescent, it is part of the first plants cultivated by the human beings, who were settling down. The berries of this, at first, forest creeper, provide a juice likely to ferment by the sugars they contain.
From wild plant, the vine will become a domesticated plant, replanted, pruned, little by little selected, then crossbreed, hybridised, more or less by accident, transported, replanted, acclimatised, and finally grafted, adapted. It will become productive, diversified, according to the climates and the lands, gain regions where it did not exist, modify the landscapes and the economy and reach its universality we all know today.
It has accompanied the evolution of humanity and continues to do so nowadays…
An exhibition relating its story and its part in the society will take place in the Botanical Garden and in other places from September. This exhibition is called Vitis, the journey.
June 2021 © madd-bordeaux
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