When we first arrived here in 2006, the land had not been cultivated for several decades. The old terraces where crops were once grown had reverted to wild meadows. Thus, the Jardin des Monts was born out of a place where Nature had reclaimed its rights.

Our first year was one of experimentation. We planted about twenty different species in three separate areas and carried out plant cultivation and adaptation tests. The promising results led us to the creation of the Jardin des Monts.

We began growing our plants close to the chalet in an area of relatively deep, rich soil on an average, south-facing slope. To prevent erosion, we followed the contour lines and built small terraces running along the sides of the alpine pastures.

In spring 2009, we were finally able to start planting crops again in the old terraces, having restored their dry-stone walls.