De Vert et d’Art – 2nd edition

From 18 to 22 September 2024

De Vert et d’Art is a cross-disciplinary artistic project combining art, architecture, music and plants. It was born of a collaboration between the Association du site de l’Abbatiale de Payerne, Gerber fleurs and florists Nadia Joye Dafflon and Beatrix Chopard. After a highly successful first edition in 2022, the organising committee has decided to repeat the experience with new works to discover.

De Vert et d’Art is an event that brings together the site’s artistic and architectural heritage with the ephemeral nature of plants. As part of an eco-responsible approach, the floral and horticultural arrangements will be made exclusively with plants from the region or from Switzerland. Three main areas will offer visitors a unique opportunity to explore the site.

“Flowering our collections” – Abbey church
Paintings from the museum’s collections will be on display in the Abbey Church, providing an opportunity to make them visible again for a short period. For each painting, a florist or team of florists will create a floral arrangement inspired by the pictorial work.

“Mineral and vegetable” – courtyard of the château
In the courtyard of the castle, plant compositions will highlight architectural features of the Abbey Church, its chapter house, the former Bernese castle and the school. This will be a collaboration between pupils from Payerne primary school and horticulturalists. Some of the classes will create containers and decorations, which will be decorated with flowers and laid out in such a way as to highlight the architecture by the horticulturists.

Local plant market and trade show – Place du Marché
In the Place du Marché, a market of local plants and stands presenting the horticultural and florist trades will round off the visit. Professionals will explain their training and techniques, and give demonstrations of cuttings, terrines, bouquets, etc.

Discovery activities
During the four days of the event, guided tours, creative workshops and an evening of live flower arranging and music will also be on offer on the site. So many opportunities to discover the Abbey Church site in a different way, and to share a moment of artistic conviviality.

Adults : CHF 16.00
Concessions: CHF 14.00
Children (aged between 6 and 16): CHF 10.00
Children under 6 free of charge
All other privileges and free tickets are suspended.

The entrance ticket entitles the holder to visit the site, including exhibitions, guided tours, demonstrations by horticulturalists and florists, and the market. The live composition on Saturday evening at 7pm and the creative workshops are extra.


Opéra de l’Impératrice from 12 to 20 July 2024. Tickets and information at

On Whit Monday (20 May 2024), the Abbey Church, our reception area and the discovery trail will be open from 10am to 5.30pm.