de Marc Philippe, François Specq et Carol Bean.
well-named Garance voyageuse
For the film enthusiast, Garance is the name
of Arletty in Marcel Carné's famous film Les enfants
du Paradis (Children of Paradise), for others it
is a beautiful dye of the past ... First of all Garance
is the name of a plant, the madder, belonging to the coffee
tree family (the Rubiaceae). Madder, well characterised
by its clinging leaves, has been grown for ages to produce
a red dye from its roots. The Vaucluse area was the centre
for this crop, which disappeared at the beginning of the
twentieth century. The Garance voyageuse is the
madder's wild cousin (the wild madder, or Rubia peregrina
for flower-lovers). One finds it nearly everywhere in
France, except the northern part, and it grows particularly
near hedges. In the South, it is not very welcome in the
vineyards, where it has taken over the spaces left by
the use of herbicides — being resistant to them itself.
This tenacious and wandering plant inspired us to name
our newly-founded association.
Its purpose is to speak about plants
in simple words.
Season after season, page after page, La Garance voyageuse
enthusiastically gathers papers, news, tales and much
more, all dedicated to plants. With every issue, the journal
offers a wide selection of information about the practical
uses of plants, how to recognise them, soil science, species
conservation, or poetry, as well as various sections including
news, book reviews, etc.
Thus, La Garance voyageuse manages to combine
quality and accessibility of information with a definitely
environmentalist editorial policy, and an original presentation
that emphasises drawings and illustrations.
If you wish to join us on the adventurous path of botanical
exploration, read La Garance voyageuse every
To subscribe, click "Order".
If you wish to join the editorial team, submit articles
or other texts, please contact
From Corrèze to Lozère It was in 1988, at the forestry
school of Meymac, in Corrèze, that the association La
Garance voyageuse was born. A group of friends decided
to share their passion for plants and nature through a
popularisation journal. The first issues were printed
on a small Offset machine and hand-stapled during many
long evenings ! To its naturalist skills the team was
forced to add a publisher's skills ; indeed, one must
be as proficient in computing as in botany for such an
As time went by, the journal's number of pages and its
team members increased. At present, with its 3600 subscriptions
and 5000 to 6000 copies for special issues, our journal
has found an honourable place among the other journals
dedicated to the environment. Now its challenge is to
implement a rigorous and wise management, in order to
be able to pay for the positions which are necessary to
its functioning well. That is no easy task for a journal
without any advertisements contributing to income, as
in most journals.
Besides the publication of La Garance voyageuse
— a journal dedicated to the popularization of botany
—, the association with the same name has several other
activities. Our association is involved in lobbying campaigns
concerning the plant world, and invites you to join these.
We are also committed to making the "messicoles" (plants
growing in wheat fields) better known to a large public.
La Garance voyageuse also offers its services as a consultant
or botanical adviser, it provides legal information and
offers access to its rich (non-lending) library.
La Garance voyageuse organizes lobbying and awareness
campaigns, notably in order to influence relevant authorities,
and thus promote real protection for wild flora. Here
are some of our campaigns, for which your support would
be much appreciated.
La Garance Voyageuse invites you to discover botany with
its quarterly journal, and also with other documents (in
French) : Botany Leaflets, Guide to the Flora of the Cévennes...
The "Messicoles" Programme
Since 1996, La Garance Voyageuse has been committed to
increasing awareness of the "messicoles" by a large public,
and has also proposed its skills to professionals. The
goal of these actions is to inform the general public
that is more and more unaware of how such agricultural
products as cereals are produced, and to rehabilitate
plants (the messicoles) that are part of both a wild and
a cultural heritage. The goal is also to get the adventitious
plants out of the unfair and limited category of "weeds
to be eradicated".
To subscribe, become a member,
If you wish to subscribe to La Garance voyageuse,
the journal of the plant kingdom,
become a member of our association,
order former issues, bindings, the Guide de la flore des
Cévennes or botanical leaflets (in French)...
Please complete the order form, print it out and send
it together with your payment to ....
F-48370 Saint Germain-de-Calberte
tél. 04 66 45 94 10
66 45 91 84
tél. + 33 4 66 45 94 10
fax + 33 4 66 45 91 84