The gleditsia

 The story of our American honey locust

The gleditsia triacanthos, spreading out in the entrance courtyard, is more than 40 years old. It started out as a shoot sprouting beside the Rhone near the Grand-Prieuré, and was planted by a 6-year-old boy in the same year as Christian Lacroix discovered Picasso in the Réattu museum.
Every year, it produces a crop of astonishing pods - big, sonorous beans in all sorts of magnificent shapes. They are the inspiration for the museum's logo and the masthead of its quarterly newsletter. More recently, they inspired a major work by Georges Rousse.
Find them in the shop in the form of a series of bookmarks.

a pod from the Gleditsia